|Occupation||Jockey / Trainer|
|Born|| 19 June 1947|
|Career wins||Not found|
|Major racing wins|
as a jockey
ContentsCheveley Park Stakes (1996)
July Cup (1996)
|Champion Jockey in France (6 times)|
|Pistol Packer, Riverman, Lyphard, San San, Green Dancer, Val de l'Orne, Ivanjica, Riverqueen, Youth, Three Troikas, Gold River, Blushing John, Ma Biche, Miesque, Hector Protector|
Freddy Head (born 19 June 1947, in Neuilly, France) is a retired champion jockey in Thoroughbred horse racing and currently a horse trainer. Known also as "Freddie", his grandfather was a jockey as was his father Alec Head who also became a successful trainer and owner of Haras du Quesnay near Deauville. Alec Head's horses won The Derby and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
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