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Prix Eclipse

Group 3 race
Prix Eclipse
Location Chantilly Racecourse
Chantilly, 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
excluding G1 & G2 winners
Weight 56 kg
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies
Penalties
3 kg if two Group 3 wins
2 kg if one Group 3 win
Purse 80,000 (2009)
Distribution
1st: 50%, 2nd: 20%, 3rd: 15%
4th: 10%, 5th: 5%

The Prix Eclipse is a Group 3 flat horse race in France which is open to two-year-old thoroughbreds. It is run at Chantilly over a distance of 1,200 metres (about 6 furlongs), and it is scheduled to take place each year in October.

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History

The event was established in 1891, and it was named in honour of the 18th-century racehorse Eclipse. It was originally contested at Maisons-Laffitte over 1,200 metres, but its venue and distance have been subsequently changed many times. It was extended to 1,400 metres in 1905, and to 1,600 metres in 1908. The race was abandoned from 1914 to 1918 because of World War I. The 1919 edition was contested over 1,500 metres.

The Prix Eclipse began a short spell at Saint-Cloud in 1920, and at the same time it was cut to 1,300 metres. It returned to Maisons-Laffitte in 1923, and it was shortened to 1,200 metres in 1925.

The race was cancelled throughout World War II, with no running from 1939 to 1944. It was relaunched at Saint-Cloud in 1945, initially with a distance of 1,500 metres. This changed to 1,200 metres in 1946, 1,600 metres in 1947, and back to 1,200 metres in 1948. It was run over 1,300 metres at Maisons-Laffitte in 1954, but it returned to 1,200 metres at Saint-Cloud the following year. Its regular length was increased to 1,300 metres in 1966.

The Prix Eclipse has been staged at four different venues since 1994 – Deauville (1994–96), Saint-Cloud (1997–2000), Maisons-Laffitte (2001–03, 2005), and Chantilly (2004, 2006–09). The present distance, 1,200 metres, was introduced in 2001.

Records

Leading jockey (4 wins):

  • Léon Flavien – Ara (1956), Megare (1958), Bondolfi (1959), Belmont (1969)
  • Freddy HeadPrompt (1965), Targowice (1972), Aerosol (1976), Breath Taking (1984)

Leading trainer (6 wins):

  • William Webb – Tournesol (1892), Beatrix (1894), Croix du Sud (1900), La Lorelei (1901), Zingara (1903), Ossian (1908)

Leading owner (5 wins):

  • Edmond Blanc – Rueil (1891), Manitou (1897), Adam (1904), Belle Fleur (1905), Sloughi (1913)

Winners since 1978

Year

Winner

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
1978 Ramanouche Jacques Heloury François Mathet HH Aga Khan IV
1979 Suvero Philippe Paquet François Boutin Gerry Oldham
1980 Phydilla Alain Lequeux Olivier Douieb Robert Sangster
1981 Pas de Seul Christy Roche David O'Brien Robert Sangster
1982 Crystal Glitters Alfred Gibert Mitri Saliba Mahmoud Fustok
1983 Diamada Alfred Gibert Georges Bridgland Mrs Paul L. Hexter
1984 Breath Taking Freddy Head Criquette Head Robert Sangster
1985 Beaujolaise Maurice Philipperon Dominique Sépulchre Edouard Pouret
1986 Holst Cash Asmussen André Fabre Khalid Abdullah
1987 Radjhasi Guy Guignard Criquette Head Haras d'Etreham
1988 Lioubovnik Eric Saint-Martin François Boutin Mrs François Boutin 1:25.1
1989 Pole Position Dominique Boeuf André Fabre Daniel Wildenstein 1:24.6
1990 Crack Regiment Tony Cruz John Fellows Robin Scully 1:23.2
1991 Cardoun Dominique Boeuf Elie Lellouche Edgard Zorbibe 1:21.0
1992 Elizabeth Bay Steve Cauthen André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 1:23.8
1993 Wood of Binn Frédéric Sanchez John Hammond Henri Chalhoub 1:27.5
1994 Top Shape Frédéric Sanchez François Doumen John Killer 1:16.0
1995 Titus Livius Cash Asmussen Jonathan Pease Stavros Niarchos 1:15.2
1996 Hurricane State Walter Swinburn Peter Chapple-Hyam Robert Sangster 1:19.4
1997 Merlin's Ring Olivier Peslier Ian Balding Plummer & Partners 1:25.6
1998 Stella Berine Sylvain Guillot Pascal Bary Ecurie Stella Maris 1:22.7
1999 Perugina Thierry Gillet Criquette Head Gerry Oldham 1:22.7
2000 Potaro Gérald Mossé Brian Meehan Susan McCarthy 1:20.8
2001 Perrexa Dominique Boeuf David Smaga Baron Thierry van Zuylen 1:16.5
2002 Zinziberine Christophe Soumillon André Fabre Mrs André Fabre 1:08.6
2003 Bonaire Davy Bonilla Carlos Laffon-Parias Africa Cuadra-Lores 1:15.3
2004 Tremar Gary Carter Terry Mills T. Jacobs 1:11.2
2005 Damoiselle Davy Bonilla Freddy Head Ghislaine Head 1:10.7
2006 Iron Lips Olivier Peslier Carlos Laffon-Parias Wertheimer et Frère 1:12.6
2007 Domingues Declan McDonogh Edward Lynam Lady O'Reilly 1:13.4
2008 Smooth Operator Andreas Helfenbein Mario Hofer Stall Jenny 1:13.0
2009 Eightfold Path Stéphane Pasquier Pascal Bary Niarchos Family 1:13.8

Earlier winners

  • 1891 - Rueil
  • 1892 - Tournesol
  • 1893 - Melchior
  • 1894 - Beatrix
  • 1895 -
  • 1896 -
  • 1897 - Manitou
  • 1898 -
  • 1899 -
  • 1900 - Croix du Sud
  • 1901 - La Lorelei
  • 1902 - Rafale
  • 1903 - Zingara
  • 1904 - Adam
  • 1905 - Belle Fleur
  • 1906 - Muscadet
  • 1907 - Lamaneur
  • 1908 - Ossian
  • 1909 - M'Amour
  • 1910 - Alcantara
  • 1911 - Rodriguez
  • 1912 - Sans le Sou
  • 1913 - Sloughi
  • 1914–18 - no race
  • 1919 - Campistron
  • 1920 - Cortland
  • 1921 - Frisky
  • 1923 - Tonton
  • 1924 - Coram
  • 1925 - Asterus
  • 1926 - Basilisque
  • 1927 - Cestona
  • 1928 -
  • 1929 - Monsieur Loyal
  • 1930 - Alluvial
  • 1931 - Present
  • 1932 - Pampilhosa
  • 1933 - Rentenmark
  • 1934 - Le Gazon
  • 1935 - Alcali
  • 1936 - Le Chari
  • 1937 - Salieri
  • 1938 - Birikil
  • 1939–44 - no race
  • 1945 - Carrousel
  • 1946 - Djama
  • 1947 -
  • 1948 - Gismonda
  • 1949 - Major Morgane
  • 1950 - Astrild
  • 1951 -
  • 1952 - Arzetto
  • 1953 - Prudence
  • 1954 - Fakahina
  • 1955 - Vareta
  • 1956 - Ara
  • 1957 - Naharo
  • 1958 - Megare
  • 1959 - Bondolfi
  • 1960 - Moskova
  • 1961 - Prince Altana
  • 1962 -
  • 1963 - Belle Sicambre
  • 1964 - Radames
  • 1965 - Prompt
  • 1966 - Ascanio
  • 1967 - Cabhurst
  • 1968 - Oris
  • 1969 - Belmont
  • 1970 - Stratege
  • 1971 - Pompous
  • 1972 - Targowice
  • 1974 - Prince Show
  • 1975 - Roan Star
  • 1976 - Aerosol
  • 1977 - Binky


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