Over the last three years Harry Dunlop Racing has had great success buying horses in France, training them in England and campaigning them in both countries, earning a large amount of Euros as well as valuable Black Type.
Owning a French bred horse which is qualified for French Owners’ Premiums is an enjoyable and rewarding experience. An owner can watch their horse on the gallops at home, see them make their racecourse debut in England, then travel to France to make the most of the valuable Premiums and enjoy racing at Deauville, Longchamp, Chantilly and other northern French tracks.
One of Harry’s French success stories has been RED TORNADO who was purchased at the Arqana October 2013 Yearling Sale for €34,000. He ran in two Maidens, one in the UK and one in France, finishing third at Chepstow before winning at Clairefontaine.
Here is the prize money comparison:
2 June - Chepstow - 1st £2,587.60, 2nd £770.00, 3rd £384.80, 4th £192
20 Aug – Clairefontaine - 1st £10,416.67, 2nd £4,166.67, 3rd £3,125.00, 4th £2,083.33
He was eligible for 64% Owners’ Premiums on top of the prize money which added £6,666.67, bringing home a total of £17,083.34. This premium applies to all place prize money as well.
In total RED TORNADO ran four times in France in 2014, earning more than €57,000 in Maiden & Conditions races.
The two French sales companies are:
ARQANeauville, Normandy & Saint Cloud, Pari: www.arqana.com
OSARUe Teste de Buch, Bordeau: www.osarus.com


French racing has the highest European Owners’ Premiums in the world and more than €38 million in Owners' Premiums are distributed every year. They exist in all the Flat races run in France except those restricted to French-bred and assimilated horses and they consist of a percentage of the allocated prize-money received on top of the actual prize-money.
Owners’ Premiums are currently calculated as follows:
64% for two, three and four-year-olds
43% for fiver-year-olds and over
You can find out more information at the French Racing & Breeding Committee  website www.frbc.fr. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact Harry and the team.

Owner feedback

“We have had horses with Harry since 2011 and we can’t speak highly enough of the entire operation. With our French bred and purchased horses we have utilised the French Premiums system, which has been both profitable and successful. Harry’s knowledge of French racing has enhanced our racing experience and we highly recommend it to anyone wanting to get involved.”
Dean & Sue Woodley