Sibila Spain will be aimed at French Oaks by Christopher Head.


Sibila Spain will be aimed at French Oaks by Christopher Head.

With Sibila Spain in the Prix de Diane next weekend, Christopher Head will be looking to join his family’s legacy of big-race winners.

Head’s great grandpa William was a trainer at Maisons-Laffitte in the 1920s, and his grandfather Alec is now one of France’s most well-known trainers at the age of 96, having trained 84 Group One wins.

Freddy, Christoper’s father, had two successful careers: first as a rider, winning the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe four times, the first on Bon Mot when he was 19 years old, and then as a trainer and handler of stars like Goldikova, Moonlight Cloud, and Marchand D’Or.

Criquette, Freddy’s sister, won the Arc three times, with Three Troikas and Treve (twice). She is the only woman to have ever trained a winner in the famous race.

Sibila Spain, the newest Head in the training ranks, has already had a solid start in Group One company, finishing second by a length in the Prix Saint-Alary.

“Sibila Spain will undoubtedly be supplied for the Diane (a week on Sunday),” he stated.

“I believe she has a strong chance. The filly is fantastic. The only stumbling block for her would be the (potentially) good to firm terrain.

“Her race at Lyon-Parilly (odds-on success in a conditions race) was the only occasion she has raced on anything close to excellent ground, and we may not have seen her at her best.

“However, I can’t think of any reason why she wouldn’t be able to manage this type of terrain.”


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