$600 in Bonus Bets
Get your first bet matched with up to $600 in racing bonuses*
$500 in Bonus Bets
Sign-up, Join now & get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in racing bonus bets*
Deposit $250, Bet with $550
Sign-up, deposit $250 & receive $300 in racing bonus bets. That's $550 to bet with!*
Deposit $20, Bet with $120
Sign-up, deposit $20 & receive $100 in racing bonus bets. That's $120 to bet with!*
$300 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $300 in racing bonus bets*
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly

Legendary French trainer Criquette Head-Maarek remains humble about her amazing achievements.

Part of the Head racing dynasty, Head-Maarek is best known as the trainer of dual Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Treve.

She still remembers how it felt to become the first female trainer to win Europe’s most prestigious race.

“It’s fantastic to win,” Head-Maarek told AAP on Thursday.

Now retired after a 41-year training career that would be the envy of many, Head-Maarek won three Arcs.

She ended her career with 126 Group One wins.

Head-Maarek notes few trainers, even among the men, have that record.

But that is as close to boasting as the fourth-generation trainer gets.

She prefers to heap praise on her father Alec Head and grandfather William for sharing their racing wisdom with her.

“I’m not a proud person.

“I do my job the best I can.

“I’ve been listening to my father and my grandfather.

“They’ve helped me to be what I am today.I’m proud for them more than for me.”

Head-Maarek felt honoured to be invited to the Melbourne Cup carnival, and celebrated her 70th birthday on Tuesday watching Australia’s greatest race.

“When you’ve been a trainer for so many years like me, you love to see horses.”

It also gave her the chance to visit her former assistant Archie Alexander, who she proudly notes now trains in Ballarat.

Head-Maarek also caught up with jockey-trainer Michelle Payne, the first female rider to win the Melbourne Cup, at an event to celebrate women in sport on Oaks Day.

“Michelle Payne came and spent a few months with me when she was younger,” Head-Maarek recalled.

“She’s doing so well. I’m very proud of her also.”

She did not have any advice for Payne.

“You don’t give advice to anyone.

“She does what she does and she knows what she does.

“She’s a very good rider and I’m sure she’ll make a good trainer.”

Payne fondly recalls the time she spent travelling around Europe in 2009 where she worked for Head-Maarek, Luca Cumani and Aidan O’Brien, soaking up as much knowledge as she could from the three top trainers.

“Watching Criquette with her huge stable and achieving so much success, it was great to be a part of her team for a short time,” said Payne, who now juggles her riding commitments with training 15 horses.

Head-Maarek, the first female racehorse trainer in France, hopes more and more women embrace training.

“They do as well as men.

“It’s a question of horses.

“You have to find good owners to have good horses, and then good horses make good trainers and good jockeys.”

  • Deposit
  • Bet with
  • 1st deposit matched with up to $500 in Racing Bonus Bets!*
  • Join now!
Claim up to $500 in Racing Bonus Bets!*
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Featured News

Over $5,000 in Free Racing Bonus Bets

Just Horse Racing provides readers with a Free list of the best Bonus Bet offers available at every online bookmaker...

Big Bets – 19/1/2019

We take a look at the big bets the online bookmakers have taken on the weekends horse racing around the country with most...

Brad Rawiller nearing return to riding

Multiple Group One-winning jockey Brad Rawiller is hoping it is only a matter of weeks before he can get back...

Winx returns in Rosehill barrier trial

Champion mare Winx has returned with a successful barrier trial at Rosehill this morning. The four-time Cox Plate winner didn’t...

Watch: Horse almost falls but still wins

Jockey Shaun Guymer has pulled off a miraculous ride at Nowra today to win the sixth on the card. Guymer...

Talented mare dies in tragic accident

Talented mare Miss Pandanus has tragically drowned after taking fright while working at the beach south of Melbourne. Trainer Mick...

Copyright © 2018 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.