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May 13 & 14: ABU DHABI TEST HENS WEEKEND

For the second year in a row Deauville is preparing to welcome the new stars of the Turf during the prestigious Abu Dhabi Poules d'Essai des Poulains et Pouliches, a weekend of speed and excellence in a city where the horse is king.

© Sandrine Boyer Engel
© Sandrine Boyer Engel

THE BEST HOPES ON TRACKS

The Poules d'Essai des Poulains and Pouliches, two races organized by France Galop, decide between the best hopes of the 3-year-old generation. These two classic races will return to the Paris-Longchamp racetrack in spring 2018, when the latter reopens to the public after renovation.   

2017 offers a unique opportunity for the public to come to the Deauville-La Touques racecourse, horse jousting ground since 1864 to discover or rediscover events at the highest level, in the heart of a region internationally recognized for the quality of its breeding and its sales. This year the Abu Dhabi Poules d'Essai join the Epiqe series. The English thoroughbred elite will compete in two stages over the 1600 meters of the impressive straight line of Deauville. Two races for two crowns: La Poule d'Essai des Pouliche on Saturday May 13 for a princess, La Poule d'Essai des Poulains for a prince on Sunday May 14.

© Sandrine Boyer Engel

AN EXCEPTIONAL WEEKEND

THE SACRED OF SPRING
The crowd responded for the very first Deauvillaise Hens in 2016.
11 spectators attended the two days under the sun, approaching the athletes for the new generation.

They were able to see the jockey Ryan Moore in the saddle on the Irish colt The Gurkha, to win in the Poule d'Essai des Poulains 2016. Considered to be one of the thinnest whips in the world, the pilot obtained the title in December. Longines World Best Jockey, after an exceptional year in which he also won the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

A heroine born and raised in Normandy, La Cressonnière, winner of the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches 2016 was born at Haras de la Cauvinière 50 kilometers from Deauville. The filly continued its momentum, winning the month after the Prix de Diane Longines. Today back on the land that saw her born, La Cressonnière is now destined to become the mother of future champions.

THE RACE CYCLE
So goes the racing cycle, where we test the champions who will become the parents of the next generation.

« You breed the best to the best and hope for the best"As the English maxim says, thoroughbred breeding is the combination of a rigorous selection on racetracks to" cross the best with the best "and a part of luck to" hope for the best. " "

Breeding racehorses is far from an exact science. When sales (yearlings or breeze-ups) arrive, potential buyers choose young horses that have never raced. The parents' racing performances and the success of the first offspring are all factors that contribute to raising or lowering the price of young recruits.

FUTURE COMPETITORS UNDER THE FIRE OF AUCTION

Arqana organizes sales of yearlings (young horses in their 2nd year) at the Elie de Brignac establishment in August, October and December.
In 2016, the sales agency chose to take advantage of the Poules d'Essai weekend in Deauville to outsource its sales of breeze-ups, which were usually held in the Paris region. The foals and fillies sold during the Breeze-up are mounted and presented on the track the day before the auction. They are then asked for a sustained gallop intended to convince future buyers.
This first edition of the Breeze-ups in Deauville broke all records with a turnover exceeding 10 million euros for the first time, average prices, medians and a percentage of horses sold never reached before, without forgetting a top sales at 800 euros.
This year, more than 130 horses are registered for the sales which will start on May 12 at 14 p.m. and are open to the public.
The public gallops or "breeze-up", which give their name to the sale, will take place the day before (May 11 from noon on the Deauville - La Touques racecourse).

NEW SPONSOR AND PURE BLOOD ON THE TRACK
The Test Hens and the sales have since this year a new partner: The Abu Dhabi Sports Council. Abu Dhabi and its neighbor Dubai are 2 of the 7 emirates known as the United Arab Emirates. The weekend will see for the occasion its program enriched with a race reserved for thoroughbred Arabs: The President of the UAE Cup - European Cup of Arabian Horses.

DID YOU KNOW ?
Thoroughbred English was born across the Channel from the cross between local mares and three stallions imported from the Middle East: Byerley Turk, Darley Arabian and Godolphin Arabian. Although most of the gallop races on the flat are intended for English thoroughbreds, there is also a racing program for Arabian horses which includes nearly 80 events each year.

THE WEEKEND CALENDAR
- Thursday 11 May: Breeze-Up Arqana - presentation of the horses mounted at 12 noon on the Deauville-La Touques racecourse,
- Friday 12 May: Breeze Up sale at 14 p.m. in the Arqana sales establishment,
- Saturday May 13: start of operations at 13:30 p.m., first race at 14:00 p.m. with The Abu Dhabi Poule d'Essai des Pouliches Group 1 headlining,
- Sunday, May 14: start of operations at 13:30 p.m., first race at 14:00 p.m. with The Abu Dhabi Poule d'Essai des Poulains, the Gurkha Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary Group 1 and The President of the UAE Cup - European Arab Horse Cup Group 1 headlining.