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Prix Foy

Group 2 race
Prix Foy
Location Longchamp Racecourse
Paris, France
Inaugurated 1955
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Qatar
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 2,400 metres (1½ miles)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Four-years-old and up
excluding geldings
Weight 58 kg
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies and mares
Purse 130,000 (2009)
Distribution
1st: 57%, 2nd: 22%
3rd: 10.5%, 4th: 7%
5th: 3.5%

The Prix Foy is a Group 2 flat horse race in France which is open to thoroughbred colts and fillies aged four years or older. It is run at Longchamp over a distance of 2,400 metres (about 1½ miles), and it is scheduled to take place each year in September.

The race serves as a trial for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, which is held three weeks later at the same venue. The field usually includes some of the leading older contenders for the "Arc", and it often features horses which ran previously in such races as the Coronation Cup or the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.

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History

The event was established in 1955, and it was originally titled the Prix Henri Foy. This was in memory of Henri Foy (1872–1954), a long-serving member of the Société d'Encouragement, a former governing body of racing in France.

The Prix Henri Foy was initially contested over 2,300 metres, and for a period it was open to horses aged three or older. The distance was cut to 2,200 metres in 1961, and the minimum age was raised to four in 1967.

The title of the race was shortened to the Prix Foy in 1969. When the present system of race grading was introduced in 1971 the event was classed at Group 3 level. Since then it has usually taken place on the same day as the Prix Niel, the equivalent "Arc" trial for three-year-olds only. The present distance of the Prix Foy, 2,400 metres, was introduced in 1979. The race was promoted to Group 2 status in 1998.

Two winners of the Prix Foy have gone on to win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in the same year – Allez France (1974) and Sagace (1984). Three horses have won the "Arc" after being defeated in this event – Gold River (1981), All Along (1983) and Subotica (1992).

Records

Leading jockey (9 wins):

  • Yves Saint-MartinSuffren (1960), Acer (1964), Petrone (1968), Snow Castle (1972), Allez France (1974, 1975), Sagace (1984, 1985), Mersey (1986)

Leading trainer (8 wins):

  • André FabreOrdinance (1987), Star Lift (1989), In the Wings (1990), Richard of York (1994), Carnegie (1995), Swain (1996), Shirocco (2006), Manduro (2007)

Leading owner (7 wins):

  • Daniel WildensteinPetrone (1968), Allez France (1974, 1975), Sagace (1984, 1985), Mersey (1986), Star Lift (1989)

Winners since 1979

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
1979 Pevero 4 Philippe Paquet François Boutin Gerry Oldham
1980 Le Marmot 4 Philippe Paquet François Boutin Rodolph Schafer
1981 Detroit 4 Pat Eddery Olivier Douieb Robert Sangster 2:40.8
1982 April Run 4 Lester Piggott François Boutin Diana Firestone 2:32.2
1983 Time Charter 4 Billy Newnes Henry Candy Robert Barnett 2:40.6
1984 Sagace 4 Yves Saint-Martin Patrick Biancone Daniel Wildenstein 2:38.4
1985 Sagace 5 Yves Saint-Martin Patrick Biancone Daniel Wildenstein 2:33.5
1986 Mersey 4 Yves Saint-Martin Patrick Biancone Daniel Wildenstein
1987 Ordinance 4 Pat Eddery André Fabre Khalid Abdullah
1988 Beeshi 4 Richard Quinn Paul Cole Prince Fahd bin Salman 2:34.6
1989 Star Lift 5 Dominique Boeuf André Fabre Daniel Wildenstein 2:32.8
1990 In the Wings 4 Pat Eddery André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 2:31.3
1991 Splash of Colour 4 Cash Asmussen Nicolas Clément Susumu Harada 2:30.1
1992 Magic Night 4 Alain Badel Philippe Demercastel Hideo Yokoyama 2:40.5
1993 Only Royale 4 Ray Cochrane Luca Cumani Giuseppe Sainaghi 2:51.6
1994 Richard of York 4 Sylvain Guillot André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 2:34.6
1995 Carnegie 4 Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 2:35.6
1996 Swain 4 Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 2:31.9
1997 Yokohama 6 Olivier Doleuze Criquette Head Madeleine Paulson 2:31.8
1998 Limnos 4 Cash Asmussen Dominique Sépulchre Niarchos Family 2:42.3
1999 El Condor Pasa 4 Masayoshi Ebina Yoshitaka Ninomiya Takashi Watanabe 2:31.4
2000 Montjeu 4 Michael Kinane John Hammond Michael Tabor 2:32.8
2001 Hightori 4 Gérald Mossé Philippe Demercastel Gary A. Tanaka 2:30.1
2002 Aquarelliste 4 Dominique Boeuf Elie Lellouche Ecurie Wildenstein 2:29.0
2003 Ange Gabriel 5 Thierry Jarnet Eric Libaud Antonia Devin 2:28.6
2004 Policy Maker 4 Olivier Peslier Elie Lellouche Ecurie Wildenstein 2:38.7
2005 Pride 5 Christophe Lemaire Alain de Royer-Dupré NP Bloodstock Ltd 2:29.2
2006 Shirocco 5 Christophe Soumillon André Fabre Baron G. von Ullmann 2:32.9
2007 Manduro 5 Stéphane Pasquier André Fabre Baron G. von Ullmann 2:28.8
2008 Zambezi Sun 4 Stéphane Pasquier Pascal Bary Khalid Abdullah 2:28.8
2009 Spanish Moon 5 Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute Khalid Abdullah 2:28.7

Earlier winners

  • 1955 - Norman
  • 1956 - Fric
  • 1957 - Blockhaus
  • 1958 -
  • 1959 - Bel Baraka
  • 1960 - Suffren
  • 1961 - Right Royal
  • 1963 - Misti
  • 1964 - Acer
  • 1965 - Sigebert
  • 1966 - Taneb
  • 1967 - Busted
  • 1968 - Petrone
  • 1970 - Lorenzaccio
  • 1971 -
  • 1972 - Snow Castle
  • 1973 - Direct Flight
  • 1976 -
  • 1977 - Malacate


References


See also

  • Recurring events established in 1955 – this race is included under its original title, Prix Henri Foy.



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