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Prix Exbury

Group 3 race
Prix Exbury
Location Saint-Cloud Racecourse
Saint-Cloud, France
Inaugurated 1891
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 2,000 metres (1¼ miles)
Track Turf, left-handed
Qualification Four-years-old and up
Weight 56 kg
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies and mares
1 kg if not Group placed *
Penalties
3 kg for Group 1 winners *
2 kg for Group 2 winners *
1 kg for Group 3 winners *
* since January 1 last year
Purse 80,000 (2010)
1st: €40,000

The Prix Exbury is a Group 3 flat horse race in France which is open to Thoroughbreds aged four years or older. It is run at Saint-Cloud over a distance of 2,000 metres (about 1¼ miles), and it is scheduled to take place each year in March.

Contents

History

The event was established in 1891, and it was originally called the Prix Boiard. It was named after Boiard, the winner of the Grand Prix de Paris in 1873. In its early years the race was run at Maisons-Laffitte over 2,000 metres, and it was open to horses aged three or older. It was retitled the Prix Eugène Adam in 1905, in memory of Eugène Adam (1840–1904), a co-founder and president of the Société Sportive d'Encouragement, an organisation which owned the racecourse. It reverted to its former name when another race, the present Prix Eugène Adam, was given its title in 1911.

The Prix Boiard was abandoned from 1915 to 1918 because of World War I. The first post-war running was contested at Saint-Cloud over 2,100 metres, and it returned to Maisons-Laffitte with its regular distance in 1920. The race moved more permanently to Saint-Cloud in 1929, and it was briefly extended, again to 2,100 metres, in 1931 and 1932.

Saint-Cloud was closed for the duration of World War II, but the race continued throughout this period at alternative venues. It was held at Longchamp from 1940 to 1942, and at Le Tremblay over 2,150 metres in 1943. For the following two years it took place at Maisons-Laffitte over 2,200 metres.

The minimum age was raised to four in 1969, and in the same year the race was given a new title, the Prix Exbury. This pays tribute to Exbury, the winner of the Prix Boiard, and subsequently the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, in 1963. The European Pattern system for grading flat races was introduced in 1971, and the Prix Exbury is now classed at Group 3 level. The event takes place early in the season, and it is usually Europe's first "Group" race of the year.

Records

Leading jockey (5 wins):

  • Olivier PeslierMatarun (1994), Gunboat Diplomacy (1996), Nero Zilzal (1997), Loup Sauvage (1998), Court Canibal (2009)

Leading trainer (7 wins):

  • André FabreAl Nasr (1982), Imyar (1983), Mille Balles (1984), Village Star (1987), Tuesday's Special (1995), Loup Sauvage (1998), Polish Summer (2004)

Leading owner (7 wins):

  • Marcel BoussacGoyescas (1933), Goya II (1940), Djebel (1941, 1942), Ardan (1945), Goyama (1947), Nirgal (1948)

Winners since 1981

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
1981 Armistice Day 5 Yves Saint-Martin C. de Watrigant Luis Urbano-Sanabria
1982 Al Nasr 4 Alain Lequeux André Fabre Moufid F. Dabaghi 2:26.80
1983 Imyar 4 Alain Badel André Fabre Peter Baumgartner 2:18.20
1984 Mille Balles 4 Freddy Head André Fabre Guy de Rothschild 2:15.50
1985 Darly 6 Freddy Head David Smaga Georges Blizniansky
1986 New Target 5 Jean-Michel Breux Elie Lellouche Mrs Gerard Sarfati
1987 Village Star 4 Dominique Regnard André Fabre A. J. Richards 2:10.80
1988 Coeur de Lion 4 Yvonnick Claudic J. R. Lyon Richard Swift 2:25.40
1989 Saint Andrews 5 Alain Badel Jean-Marie Béguigné Suzy Volterra 2:18.90
1990 Mansonnien 6 Dominique Boeuf Noël Pelat Mrs Bernard Destremau 2:07.90
1991 Leariva 4 Alain Lequeux David Smaga Baron Thierry van Zuylen 2:18.70
1992 Fortune's Wheel 4 Mathieu Boutin Robert Collet Richard C. Strauss 2:13.70
1993 Urban Sea 4 Mathieu Boutin Jean Lesbordes David Tsui 2:09.20
1994 Matarun 6 Olivier Peslier Henri Van de Poële Roland Soula 2:15.10
1995 Tuesday's Special 5 Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Patrick Offenstadt 2:24.70
1996 Gunboat Diplomacy 5 Olivier Peslier Elie Lellouche Daniel Wildenstein 2:08.60
1997 Nero Zilzal 4 Olivier Peslier Elie Lellouche Osvaldo Pedroni 2:11.50
1998 Loup Sauvage 4 Olivier Peslier André Fabre Daniel Wildenstein 2:18.80
1999 Barbola 4 Thierry Thulliez Jean de Roualle Bob McCreery 2:17.60
2000 Russian Hope 5 Goulven Toupel Henri-Alex Pantall Edouard E. de Rothschild 2:15.30
2001 Earlene 4 Thierry Thulliez Henri-Alex Pantall Sheikh Mohammed 2:24.70
2002 Jomana 4 Olivier Plaçais Henri-Alex Pantall Sheikh Mohammed 2:14.40
2003 Aquarelliste 5 Dominique Boeuf Elie Lellouche Ecurie Wildenstein 2:13.85
2004 Polish Summer 7 Christophe Soumillon André Fabre Khalid Abdullah 2:10.70
2005 Samando 5 Eric Legrix François Doumen Hans Wirth 2:16.40
2006 Kendor Dine 4 Stéphane Pasquier Yves de Nicolay Didier Kahn 2:15.60
2007 Pearl Sky 4 Anthony Crastus Yves de Nicolay Hugh Hogg 2:13.80
2008 Spirit One 4 Christophe Soumillon Philippe Demercastel Bouzid Chehboub 2:12.80
2009 Court Canibal 4 Olivier Peslier Mikel Delzangles Marquesa de Moratalla 2:14.20
2010 Chinchon 5 Christophe Soumillon Carlos Laffon-Parias Sarl Darpat France 2:16.60

Earlier winners

  • 1891 – Sledge
  • 1892 – Courlis
  • 1893 – Hoche
  • 1894 – Fousi Yama
  • 1895 – Merlin
  • 1897 – Castelnau
  • 1898 – Quilda
  • 1899 – Fourire
  • 1900 – Fourire
  • 1901 – Codoman
  • 1902 – Cheri
  • 1903 – La Camargo
  • 1904 – Macdonald II
  • 1905 – Macdonald II
  • 1906 – Prestige
  • 1908 – Biniou
  • 1909 – Verdun
  • 1910 – Lieutel
  • 1911 – Badajoz
  • 1912 – Martial
  • 1913 – Isard
  • 1915–18 – no race
  • 1919 – Mont Saint Eloi
  • 1920 – Tchad
  • 1921 – Souviens Toi
  • 1922 – Cid Campeador
  • 1923 – Niceas
  • 1925 – Le Capucin
  • 1926 – Cerulea
  • 1927 –
  • 1929 –
  • 1930 – Mysarch
  • 1931 – Le Tourbillon
  • 1932 – Parsee
  • 1933 – Goyescas
  • 1934 – Le Centaure
  • 1935 – Farfadette
  • 1936 – Renette
  • 1937 –
  • 1938 – Sanguinetto
  • 1939 – Feerie
  • 1940 – Goya II
  • 1943 – Un Gaillard
  • 1944 – Un Gaillard
  • 1946 – Oural
  • 1947 – Goyama
  • 1948 – Nirgal
  • 1949 – Tharsis
  • 1950 – Wild Mec
  • 1951 – Alizier
  • 1952 – L'Aiglon
  • 1953 – Fine Top
  • 1955 – Soleil Levant
  • 1956 – Tropique
  • 1957 – Fric
  • 1958 –
  • 1959 – Tombeur
  • 1960 – Siva
  • 1961 –
  • 1964 – Prima Donna
  • 1965 – Free Ride
  • 1967 – Claquesous
  • 1968 – Taglietto
  • 1969 – Carmarthen
  • 1970 – Yaxilio
  • 1971 – Yaxilio
  • 1972 – Mister Sic Top
  • 1973 – Mister Sic Top
  • 1974 – Shari
  • 1975 – no race *
  • 1976 – Citoyen
  • 1977 – Cheraw
  • 1978 –
  • 1979 – Tempus Fugit
  • 1980 – Kamaridaan

* The 1975 running was abandoned because of snow.

See also

  • Recurring sporting events established in 1891 – the Prix Exbury is included under its original title, Prix Boiard.

References




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