Franch Breeders Alarmed, Daily Racing Form, 1910-07-19


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FRENCH BREEDERS ALARMED. A Paris correspondent writes: "An important gathering of the Syndicate of Breeders was held in Paris recently. Ajnong other subjects discussed was the proposition of Viscount dllarcourt, one of the most authorized members of the race committee of the Societe dEncouragenicnt. which, if carried, may seriously affect the Interest* of the English and American blood stock market. It runs thus: Owing to the development assumed by - the thoroughbred in France bow that all the leading strains of racing blood are amply represented in the home studs, the syndicate desires that no further purchases of foreign-bred sires shall la- made abroad by the buyers for the government studs. This proposition was unanimously adopted. "Count Jean de Gonidec drew the attention of his colleagues of the syndh-ate to the necessity of protecting breeding at home, which would of necessity be alTecled by the new American restrictions inundating France with horses bred in the United States and in. longer available for racing purposes there. The idea was to debar American horses from competing in cross-country events in France. "Pliant Murat, as president of the Steeplechase Society, did not think that the implied danger was sufficiently near to warrant any modiiicatiou of the present rubs. "This liberal and sportsmanlike objection was not allowed to prevail. An exception was admitted for the International gatherings in their existing form, but the following was carried by a majority: "The Syndicate of Breeders requests that the number of races open to foreign bred horses shall he further reduced, as well as the amounts reserved for winners iu such events. "

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