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Same Initial Races in France

by William

Deauville Racecourse

Deauville Racecourse

Lockdown has directed my attention to racing in France. Some of the races,for instance at Vichy, only have horses with the same initial e.g. Fred, Flag, Friday or George, Good lad Gorgeous etc etc. Why is this.

Answer: For A.Q.P.S. - Autre Que Pur Sang (translated means other than thoroughbred) horses, which includes trotters, anglo-arabs, as well as what are known as "half-breds", each year requires a horse’s name to begin with a designated letter of the alphabet.

For example, foals of 2002 have names beginning with the letter "O", 2003 "P" and so on.

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