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Grand Prix de Vichy-Auvergne

Group 3 race
Grand Prix de Vichy-Auvergne
Location Vichy Racecourse
Vichy, France
Inaugurated 1875
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 2,000 metres (1¼ miles)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight 53½ kg (3yo); 58 kg (4yo+)
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies and mares
Penalties
4 kg for Group 1 winners *
3 kg for Group 2 winners *
2 kg for Group 3 winners *
* since January 1
Purse 80,000 (2009)
Distribution
1st: 50%, 2nd: 20%, 3rd: 15%
4th: 10%, 5th: 5%

The Grand Prix de Vichy-Auvergne is a Group 3 flat horse race in France which is open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at Vichy over a distance of 2,000 metres (about 1¼ miles), and it is scheduled to take place each year in July.

Contents

History

The event was originally called the "Grand Prix de Vichy", and it was first held on August 26, 1875. Its distance was initially set at 2,400 metres, and its inaugural winner was awarded 6,000 francs. From its launch until 1899 it was run as a handicap race, and during this period its length was frequently modified. For several years thereafter it was titled the "Grand Prix International du Cercle de Vichy", and it offered a greatly increased prize of 100,000 francs. The event was abandoned in 1907, but it returned the following year with a new name, the "Grand Prix de la Ville de Vichy".

The title of the race was appended with "et de la Société de Sport de France" in 1958. The Société de Sport de France owned the racecourse at this time, and it later merged with other similar organisations to form France Galop, the present governing body of French racing. The event reverted to its original name in 1965, and for a single edition in 1970 it was again run as a handicap. The prize money was by now less generous than it had been in the early part of the century, but the race still attracted good quality horses. As a result, it was granted Group 3 status in 1976. The name of the region in which Vichy is located, "Auvergne", was added to the event's title in 2005.

The race has been contested over various distances, and the most prolonged spells have been over 2,600 metres (1900–41, 1943–64, 1966–75), 2,400 metres (1976–91) and 2,000 metres (since 1992).

Records

Leading jockey (4 wins):

  • Jean Massard – Romantisme (1953), Bewitched (1955), Lord Jack (1981), Nature (1984)
  • Guy Guignard – Sophora (1973), Lauville (1985), Marildo (1993, 1995)

Leading trainer (4 wins):

  • James Cunnington – Marichette (1881), Dacis (1891), Machiavel (1898), Kerlaz (1900)
  • Robert Denman – Gouvernant (1904), Marsa (1910), Checkmate (1923), Alguazil (1926, dead-heat)
  • Antoine Lassard – Yakoba (1934), Ortolan (1935), Champittet (1941), Clodoche (1943)

Leading owner (7 wins):

  • Marcel BoussacGrillemont (1924, dead-heat), Alguazil (1926, dead-heat), Thaouka (1932), Dadji (1937), Coaraze (1947), Amphis (1952), Shaker (1954)

Winners since 1979

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
1979 Perouges 4 Jacques Le Deunf Alain Lyon André Rivière
1980 Perouges 5 Jacques Le Deunf Alain Lyon André Rivière
1981 Lord Jack 4 Jean Massard Henri Gleizes Mrs François Elion
1982 Karkour 4 Yves Saint-Martin Joseph Audon Ecurie Manhattan
1983 Terreno 5 Yves Saint-Martin François Boutin Gerry Oldham
1984 Nature 6 Jean Massard François Elion Mrs Jean Carlier
1985 Lauville 4 Guy Guignard Gérard Philippeau Marie-Louise Blain
1986 Agent Double 5 Gary W. Moore Criquette Head Jacques Wertheimer
1987 Sarepta 6 Robert Laplanche Louis Boulard Jacques Bedel 2:25.70
1988 Altashar 3 Eric Saint-Martin Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:29.45
1989 Prince Ruffian 4 Cash Asmussen François Bellenger Dominique Boulloche 2:34.40
1990 North Col 3 Tony Cruz Jonathan Pease Simon Emmet 2:29.00
1991 Danae de Brule 4 Robert Laplanche Maurice Prod'homme Léon Seile 2:34.50
1992 Goofalik 5 Cash Asmussen John Hammond David Thompson 2:03.30
1993 Marildo 6 Guy Guignard David Smaga David Smaga 2:02.30
1994 Mint Crisp 4 Olivier Doleuze Dominique Sépulchre Mrs A. Rogers 2:08.70
1995 Marildo 8 Guy Guignard David Smaga David Smaga 2:05.50
1996 Bulington 4 Cash Asmussen Henri-Alex Pantall Philippe Pierry 2:04.20
1997 Baroud d'Honneur 4 Franck Blondel Jean-François Bernard Axelle Nègre 2:05.10
1998 Steward 5 Sylvain Guillot Dominique Sépulchre Georges Coude 2:06.50
1999 Victory Cry 3 Olivier Peslier André Fabre Daniel Wildenstein 2:05.30
2000 Kerrygold 4 Christophe Soumillon Pascal Bary Antonia Devin 2:08.60
2001 Boismorand 5 Vincent Vion M. F. Mathet Maurice Clifford 2:09.20
2002 Cheshire 5 Yutaka Take John Hammond Peter S. Willmott 2:06.40
2003 Vangelis 4 Christophe Soumillon Alain de Royer-Dupré Napping Ltd 2:08.90
2004 Bailador 4 Christophe Soumillon André Fabre Edouard E. de Rothschild 2:08.64
2005 Touch of Land 5 Christophe Lemaire Henri-Alex Pantall Gary A. Tanaka 2:03.80
2006 Touch of Land 6 Olivier Peslier Henri-Alex Pantall Gary A. Tanaka 2:10.19
2007 Atlantic Air 5 Thierry Thulliez Yves de Nicolay Antonia Devin 2:35.15
2008 Hapsburg 4 Ioritz Mendizabal Eric Libaud Jean Luck 2:05.45
2009 Daly Daly 5 Christophe Soumillon Robert Laplanche Bernard Giraudon 2:12.12

Earlier winners

  • 1875 - Damoiseau
  • 1876 - Mondaine
  • 1877 -
  • 1878 - Le Marquis
  • 1879 - Gift
  • 1880 -
  • 1881 - Marichette
  • 1882–85 - no race
  • 1886 - Prytanee
  • 1887 - Ary
  • 1888 - Bocage
  • 1889 - Etretat
  • 1890 - Belle Dame
  • 1891 - Dacis
  • 1892 - Le Cordouan
  • 1893 -
  • 1894 - Lanterne Magique
  • 1895 - Feuillet
  • 1896 -
  • 1897 -
  • 1898 - Machiavel
  • 1899 -
  • 1900 - Kerlaz
  • 1901 - Lady Killer
  • 1902 -
  • 1903 - Alpha
  • 1904 - Gouvernant
  • 1905 - Rataplan
  • 1906 - Eider
  • 1907 - no race
  • 1908 - Roi Herode
  • 1909 - Chulo
  • 1910 - Marsa
  • 1911 - Dor
  • 1912 - Predicateur
  • 1913 - Tripolette
  • 1914–19 - no race
  • 1920 - Astypalee
  • 1921 - Herlies
  • 1922 - Harpocrate
  • 1923 - Checkmate
  • 1924 - Grillemont / Seclin *
  • 1925 -
  • 1926 - Alguazil / Javelot *
  • 1927 - Juveilin
  • 1928 - Rovigo
  • 1929 - Frolic *
  • 1930 - Guernanville
  • 1931 - Hetre Pourpre
  • 1932 - Thaouka
  • 1933 - Casterari
  • 1934 - Yakoba
  • 1935 - Ortolan
  • 1936 - Vatellor
  • 1937 - Dadji
  • 1938 - Eclair au Chocolat
  • 1939 - Transtevere
  • 1940 - no race
  • 1941 - Champittet
  • 1942 - Tambourin
  • 1943 - Clodoche
  • 1944 - no race
  • 1945 - Achille
  • 1946 -
  • 1947 - Coaraze
  • 1948 - Pegase
  • 1949 - Astragram
  • 1950 - Monticola
  • 1951 - Ombrette
  • 1952 - Amphis
  • 1953 - Romantisme
  • 1954 - Shaker
  • 1955 - Bewitched
  • 1956 - Cambremer
  • 1957 - Jockero
  • 1958 - Makalu
  • 1959 - Wolfram
  • 1960 - Shikani
  • 1961 - Shikani
  • 1962 - Karol
  • 1963 - Signora
  • 1964 - Amertume
  • 1965 - Carvin
  • 1966 - Cantilius
  • 1967 -
  • 1968 -
  • 1969 - Manitoba
  • 1970 -
  • 1971 -
  • 1972 -
  • 1973 - Sophora
  • 1974 - Authi
  • 1975 - Diagramatic
  • 1976 - Diagramatic
  • 1977 - Guadanini
  • 1978 - Tempus Fugit

* The 1924 and 1926 races were dead-heats and have joint winners.
* Le Chatelet finished first in 1929, but he was disqualified for obstruction.

References


See also

  • Recurring sporting events established in 1875 – this race is included under its original title, Grand Prix de Vichy.



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