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New project to promote French racing worldwide.

AN ambitious new body aimed at promoting French racing around the world began work yesterday with the aim of clawing back some of the ground lost to other major racing and breeding nations.

Called the French Racing and Breeding Committee (FRBC), it is the brainchild of Bernard Ferrand, and will be based at the headquarters of France-Galop in the Boulogne suburb of Paris.

Backing for this project comes from all bodies involved with French racing.

They include France-Galop itself, plus the National Studs and the sales companies, Agence Francaise and Goffs (France).

Other partners are the Syndicat des Eleveurs (thoroughbred breeders) and associations representing bloodstock agents.

Ferrand will be the first FRBC president, while the organisation will be run by Ghislain Bozo and his assistant Elisabeth Saguez.

The first year's budget works out at around 4.8 million francs (pounds 516,684) which will be spent to put French racing and breeding back on the international map.

Ferrand said: "We have lost ground to other racing countries and intend to put this right by making sure our racing industry has the recognition it deserves.

"We intend to pinpoint to the world our considerable assets such as the richness of our pastures, the quality of our professionals and of our racing, which has some of the best prize-money and bonuses in the world.

"A daily fax service and web site will be created, and our magazine, Racing and Breeding in France, will be improved, together with all aspects of public relations."

nTHE French Government has officially confirmed that money from betting can be added to Pari-Mutuel pools in other countries.

France-Galop supremo Louis Romanet was delighted with the betting levels on the Dubai World Cup which was devoid of either a French horse or rider.

"We turned over 3.2 million francs [pounds 344,456] which compared with seven million francs [pounds 753,490] for the Breeders' Cup series," Romanet said.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Stoneham, Desmond
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Apr 3, 1999
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