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Critérium de Maisons-Laffitte

Group 2 race
Critérium de Maisons-Laffitte
Location Maisons-Laffitte
France
Inaugurated 1891
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 1,200 metres (6f)
Track Turf, straight
Qualification Two-year-olds
Weight 57 kg
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies
Purse 190,000 (2009)
Distribution
1st: 57%, 2nd: 22%
3rd: 10.5%, 4th: 7%
5th: 3.5%

The Critérium de Maisons-Laffitte is a Group 2 flat horse race in France which is open to two-year-old thoroughbreds. It is run at Maisons-Laffitte over a distance of 1,200 metres (about 6 furlongs), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late October or early November.

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History

The event was established in 1891, and it was originally held in September. It served as a trial for the Grand Critérium, which used to take place in mid October. It was initially contested over 1,400 metres, but it was cut to 1,200 metres in 1897. It was abandoned throughout World War I, with no running from 1914 to 1919. Its distance was extended to 1,500 metres in 1922.

The Critérium de Maisons-Laffitte was cancelled twice during World War II, in 1939 and 1940. It was then switched temporarily to Longchamp (1941–42, 1945) and Le Tremblay (1944), and at the latter venue it was contested over 1,400 metres. The race was abandoned in 1948, and its regular length was cut to 1,400 metres in 1952.

When the present system of race grading was introduced in 1971, the Critérium de Maisons-Laffitte was classed at Group 2 level. It was moved to its current slot, late October or early November, in 1981. It was run at Evry over 1,300 metres in 1995 and 1996, and during this period it was called the Critérium des Deux Ans. Its distance reverted to 1,400 metres in 1997, and it was cut to 1,200 metres in 2001.

Records

Leading jockey (4 wins):

  • Freddy HeadRimesault (1968), Rose Laurel (1972), Vallee des Fleurs (1977), Rapide Pied (1984)
  • Philippe PaquetCrowned Music (1978), Viteric (1979), Cresta Rider (1980), Zino (1981)

Leading trainer (9 wins):

  • François BoutinSpeedy Dakota (1974), Crowned Music (1978), Viteric (1979), Cresta Rider (1980), Zino (1981), L'Emigrant (1982), Procida (1983), Corviglia (1988), Ganges (1990)

Leading owner (9 wins):

  • Marcel BoussacRamus (1921), Nosca (1941), Sandjar (1946), Djeddah (1947), Pharad (1951), Albanilla (1953), Janiari (1955), Floriana (1958), Perello (1976)

Winners since 1978

Year

Winner

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
1978 Crowned Music Philippe Paquet François Boutin Mrs Walter Haefner
1979 Viteric Philippe Paquet François Boutin Walter Haefner
1980 Cresta Rider Philippe Paquet François Boutin Stavros Niarchos
1981 Zino Philippe Paquet François Boutin Gerry Oldham
1982 L'Emigrant Cash Asmussen François Boutin Stavros Niarchos
1983 Procida Cash Asmussen François Boutin Stavros Niarchos
1984 Rapide Pied Freddy Head Criquette Head Maktoum Al Maktoum
1985 Lead on Time Alain Badel Olivier Douieb Maktoum Al Maktoum
1986 Grecian Urn Alain Lequeux David Smaga Sir Michael Sobell
1987 Bitooh Gary W. Moore Criquette Head Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:31.90
1988 Corviglia Eric Saint-Martin François Boutin Jerome Brody 1:30.70
1989 Septieme Ciel Guy Guignard Criquette Head John T. L. Jones, Jr. 1:24.30
1990 Ganges Eric Legrix François Boutin Allen E. Paulson 1:25.90
1991 Cardoun Alain Lequeux Elie Lellouche Edgard Zorbibe 1:29.70
1992 Kadounor Olivier Doleuze Jean Laumain Henri Rabatel 1:35.40
1993 Signe Divin Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Paul de Moussac 1:28.50
1994 Bishop of Cashel David Harrison James Fanshawe Moncrisp Ltd 1:32.20
1995 Titus Livius [1] Cash Asmussen Jonathan Pease Stavros Niarchos 1:19.07
1996 Deadly Dudley [1] Olivier Peslier Richard Hannon Lucayan Stud 1:20.11
1997 Roi Gironde Olivier Peslier Criquette Head Peter Savill 1:27.50
1998 Moiava Olivier Doleuze Criquette Head Wertheimer et Frère 1:31.90
1999 Touch of the Blues Dominique Boeuf Carlos Laffon-Parias Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:29.80
2000 Amiwain Olivier Peslier André Fabre Jean-Luc Lagardère 1:29.40
2001 Captain Rio Thierry Jarnet Richard Whitaker David Samuel 1:14.30
2002 Zinziberine Christophe Soumillon André Fabre Mrs André Fabre 1:12.70
2003 Whipper Christophe Soumillon Robert Collet Richard C. Strauss 1:14.70
2004 Centifolia Ioritz Mendizabal Robert Collet Steeve Berland 1:12.00
2005 Balthazaar's Gift Jamie Spencer Kevin Ryan Ryder Racing Ltd 1:10.10
2006 Captain Marvelous Christophe Soumillon Barry Hills Ronald Arculli 1:11.60
2007 Pomellato Andrasch Starke Peter Schiergen Gestüt Ittlingen 1:13.60
2008 Smooth Operator Andreas Helfenbein Mario Hofer Stall Jenny 1:15.30
2009 Our Jonathan Jamie Spencer Kevin Ryan Marwan Koukash 1:19.70

1 The 1995 and 1996 runnings took place at Evry.

Earlier winners

  • 1891 - Idalie
  • 1892 - Commandeur
  • 1893 - L'Herault
  • 1894 - Cherbourg
  • 1895 - Champignol
  • 1896 -
  • 1897 - Artisan
  • 1898 - Holocauste
  • 1899 -
  • 1900 - Butor
  • 1901 -
  • 1902 - Hebron
  • 1903 - French Fox
  • 1904 - Val d'Or
  • 1905 - Prestige
  • 1906 - Peroraison
  • 1907 - Northeast
  • 1908 - Azalee
  • 1909 - Nuage
  • 1910 - Nectarine
  • 1911 - Montrose
  • 1912 - Coupesarte
  • 1913 - Listman
  • 1914–19 - no race
  • 1920 - Cortland
  • 1921 - Ramus
  • 1923 -
  • 1924 - Melisande
  • 1925 - Apelle
  • 1926 - Fenimore Cooper *
  • 1927 - Mourad
  • 1928 - Florio
  • 1929 -
  • 1930 - Indus
  • 1931 -
  • 1932 - Le Cacique
  • 1933 - Boucan
  • 1934 - Clain
  • 1935 - Alejo
  • 1936 - May Wong
  • 1937 - Blue Star
  • 1938 - Birikil
  • 1939–40 - no race
  • 1941 - Nosca
  • 1942 - Pensbury
  • 1943 - Turquoise
  • 1944 -
  • 1945 - Tourmente
  • 1946 - Sandjar
  • 1947 - Djeddah
  • 1948 - no race
  • 1949 - Fort Napoleon
  • 1950 - Le Tyrol
  • 1951 - Pharad
  • 1952 - Fort de France
  • 1953 - Albanilla
  • 1954 - Soleil Royal
  • 1955 - Janiari
  • 1956 - Achaz
  • 1958 - Floriana
  • 1959 -
  • 1960 - Star
  • 1961 - Lebon M L
  • 1962 -
  • 1963 - Soleil d'Or
  • 1965 - Hauban
  • 1966 - Gazala
  • 1967 - Pola Bella
  • 1968 - Rimesault
  • 1969 - Faraway Son
  • 1970 - Round Top
  • 1971 - Steel Pulse
  • 1972 - Rose Laurel
  • 1973 - Wittgenstein
  • 1974 - Speedy Dakota
  • 1975 - Earth Spirit
  • 1976 - Perello
  • 1977 - Vallee des Fleurs *

* Jopp finished first in 1926, but was relegated to second place following a Stewards' Inquiry.
* Cosmopolitan was first in 1977, but he was placed second after a Stewards' Inquiry.

References


  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Critérium de Maisons-Laffitte (2009).

See also



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