Alec Head

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Alec Head (born August 1924) is a French horse trainer and breeder. He is the owner of Haras du Quesnay, located near Deauville. A descendant of the 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.


As of 2018, Head was still participating in interviews about his career. [1]

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.

In the 1960s, Head reportedly was training 140 horses, the majority being owned by Pierre Wertheimer or the Aga Khan IV. [2]

Personal life

Head's children 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 later trainer, and daughter Criquette Head is one of France's leading trainers and the most successful female thoroughbred trainer in the world.

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  1. Hindsight – Alec Head
  2. French Bid For Moore, The Sydney Morning Herald, November 19, 1962.