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French Racing Booming

Friday, 17th July 2009

Meanwhile racing in France (home of the world's unofficial weight-for-age championship, the Gr1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe) is booming at the moment courtesy of the generous owners premium bonuses for French-bred horses. In addition to healthy prizemoney, French owners' premiums pay an additional 75% prizemoney for all places for 2YOs, 63% for 3YOs & 48% for 4YOs and upwards. An example of this is Vision D'Etat, whose accumulated earnings in excess of €2.3 million including €723,400 in premium bonuses alone. The globalisation of breeding is being matched by that of racing coverage, and Australians are now able to watch French racing live on the internet in addition to the Sky Channel coverage of French racing every Tuesday & Wednesday nights.

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