Criquette Head-Maarek is expecting an emotional afternoon at Chantilly on Thursday as she saddles her final runners.
The popular trainer announced last week that she was calling time on a highly successful career that has lasted over 40 years.
Her achievements include winning the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe three times, twice with the mighty Treve in 2013-14.
Seven victories in the French 1000 Guineas, four wins in the English equivalent and three triumphs in the French Oaks also feature prominently on a glittering CV.
Head-Maarek saddles two horses on her final day before relinquishing her licence and admits it would be a fairytale if she can go out with a winner.
“It will be a special day,” she said. “I have two runners, Damanda’s Dream and Monsieur Enzo. They are running for their owners and I would not say they are certainties. Hopefully they have a chance.
“Damanda’s Dream has come from Germany and she has to take on horses who have already won. If it was a maiden it would be better for her. Monsieur Enzo is probably my best chance as he runs in a handicap.
“If neither win, my last winner was a horse called Reve a few weeks ago (January 6). He is owned by my mother, which is nice.”
Officials at France Galop confirmed to Press Association Sport that Head-Maarek will receive at Chantilly a commemorative trophy from the French racing authority’s president, Edouard de Rothschild.
A video will also be shown at Chantilly of “friends and fellow trainers” remembering the 69-year-old’s stellar career, while there will also be a retirement tribute book on the course for racegoers and well-wishers to sign.
France Galop said on Twitter that it is encouraging racing fans to post social media tributes with the accompanying hashtag, #MerciCriquette.