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Gran Criterium

The Gran Criterium is a Group 1 flat horse race in Italy which is open to two-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies. It is run at San Siro, Milan, over a distance of 1,600 metres (about 1 mile), and it is scheduled to take place each year in October.

It is the only Group 1 race in Italy for juvenile horses. Past winners include Nearco (1937) and Ribot (1954).

Winners since 1988






1988 Sikeston Gianfranco Dettori John Dunlop Allevamento White Star 1:44.2
1989 Candy Glen Guy Guignard Chris Wall Antonio Balzarini 1:39.1
1990 Steamer Duck Guy Guignard Criquette Head Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:47.7
1991 Alhijaz Lester Piggott John Dunlop Prince A. A. Faisal 1:42.4
1992 Pelder Santiago Soto Luciano d'Auria Lady M Stable 1:47.6
1993 Torrismondo Richard Quinn Paul Cole Lord Portman 1:50.7
1994 Golden Glenstal Mario Esposito Giuliano Fratini Scuderia Golden Horse 1:48.0
1995 Glory of Dancer Olivier Peslier Fabio Brogi Scuderia General Horse 1:39.1
1996 Hello Fernando Jovine John Dunlop Philip Wroughton 1:44.6
1997 Lend a Hand Jason Weaver Mark Johnston Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:37.2
1998 Noble Pearl Stephen Davies Wilfried Kujath Stall Haferkasten 1:43.3
1999 Night Style Gary Carter Ed Dunlop Mohammed Jaber 1:37.3
2000 Count Dubois Basil Marcus William Haggas Wentworth Racing Ltd 1:44.7
2001 Sholokhov Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor 1:45.8
2002 Spartacus Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Sue Magnier 1:44.5
2003 Pearl of Love Darryll Holland Mark Johnston Mick Doyle 1:40.1
2004 Königstiger Filip Minarik Peter Schiergen Gestüt Schlenderhan 1:42.3
2005 Lateral William Mongil Peter Schiergen Stiftung Gestüt Fährhof 1:42.7
2006 Kirklees Frankie Dettori Mark Johnston Sheikh Mohammed 1:39.9
2007 Scintillo Ryan Moore Richard Hannon White Beech Farm 1:38.2
2008 no race 2008 [1]
2009 Hearts of Fire Olivier Peslier Pat Eddery Pat Eddery Racing 1:38.9

1 The 2008 running was cancelled because of a strike in the Italian horse racing industry.


  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Gran Criterium (2009).

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