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Alec Head

Alec Head was a prominent French horseman and breeder and the owner of Haras du Quesnay near Deauville. A descendant of the great trainers who founded the English Racing Colony in Chantilly, Oise, Head's grandfather was a jockey-turned-trainer, as was his father William Head who was a very successful jockey, trainer, and owner in both flat racing and steeplechase events.

Haras du Quesnay

Head undertook a massive restoration of the facilities and in 1959 brought in the farm's first stallion. Over the years he and his wife Ghislaine developed Haras du Quesnay into one of the leading stud farms in France with horses acquired from across Europe and the United States.

The farm would be home to prominent sires and broodmares including 1968 Kentucky Derby winner Dancer's Image, who sired Raise a Native, who sired Mr. Prospector and Alydar.

In the 1960s, Head reportedly was training 140 horses, the majority being owned by Pierre Wertheimer or the Aga Khan IV.[1]


Children of Alec Head have been distinguished participants in the horse racing industry. Daughter Martine is involved with managing Haras du Quesnay, son Freddy was a leading jockey, and daughter Criquette Head is one of France's leading trainers and the most successful female thoroughbred trainer in the world.


  1. French Bid For Moore, The Sydney Morning Herald, November 19, 1962.


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