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Autre Que Pur Sang horse (AQPS) loosely translates to "other-than pure blood" and is a classification used for race horses in Francernthat are not of pure English Thoroughbred lineage. They must have 75% EnglishrnThoroughbred and less than 5% Arabian blood to participate. The rest of thernbloodlines can be a mix of regional French saddle horses (like French SaddlernHorse and Anglo-Arabian). These horses are run both on flat tracks and inrnsteeplechase races. This mix is not as swift as the English Thoroughbred,rnalthough they prove to be sturdier and to possess more endurance. They oftenrnexcel in obstacle races and longer distances against an open field. rnrn

rnrnAQPS racing horses were developed around the end of the 19thrncentury when French farmers began to cross cart horse mares with Thoroughbredrnstallions to produce a fast and hardy horse that has proven to be best suitedrnfor steeplechase racing. The average person most likely would not be able tornsee any difference between an AQPS and a Thoroughbred as evolution of the breedrnhas resulted in AQPS horses today averaging 80 percent Thoroughbred and 20rnpercent French saddle-bred.rnrn

rnrnProbably the best-known AQPS horse in the world is Al CaponernII, who won the Group One Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris in 1997 plus sevenrnconsecutive Group One Prix La Haye Jousselin steeplechase races at AuteuilrnHippodrome from 1993 through 1999. His full brother The Fellow won the Prix LarnHaye Jousselin in 1990, the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris in 1991 and enjoyedrneven greater success in England where he won the King George VI Chase in 1991rnand 1992 and the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1994.rnrn

rnrnMon Mome, winner of the Grand National in 2009, is an AQPSrnhorse, as is Orphée des Blins, winner of The Grand Pardubice Steeplechase 2012,rn2013 and 2014.

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