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Prix Ganay

Group 1 race
Prix Ganay
Location Longchamp Racecourse
Paris, France
Inaugurated 1889
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Air Mauritius
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 2,100 metres (1m 2½f)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Four-years-old and up
Weight 58 kg
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies and mares
Purse 300,000 (2009)
Distribution
1st: 57.14%, 2nd: 22.86%
3rd: 11.43%, 4th: 5.71%
5th: 2.86%

The Prix Ganay is a Group 1 flat horse race in France which is open to thoroughbreds aged four years or older. It is run at Longchamp over a distance of 2,100 metres (about 1 mile and 2½ furlongs), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late April or early May.

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History

The race was created in 1889, and it was originally titled the Prix des Sablons. It was one of several important middle-distance events open to older horses which were introduced in the late 19th century. Previously, the most coveted races in Europe for this age group had been the Prix du Cadran and Ascot Gold Cup, which both had distances of at least 4,000 metres. The original length of the Prix des Sablons was 2,000 metres. Other similar events to be launched around this time included the Prix Boiard and Prix du Conseil Municipal in France, and the Champion Stakes and Eclipse Stakes in England.

Throughout World War I the Prix des Sablons was abandoned, with no running from 1915 to 1918. There were no cancellations during World War II, although in 1944 and 1945 it was necessary for the event to be switched to an alternative venue, Maisons-Laffitte. At this temporary home the race's distance was extended to 2,100 metres, but it was restored to the regular length upon returning to Longchamp in 1946.

The race was given its present title, the Prix Ganay, in 1949. This was in memory of Jean de Ganay (1862–1948), a race organiser and former president of the Société d'Encouragement, a governing body of French horse racing at that time. Ganay was also a successful racehorse owner and breeder, whose biggest victory came in the 1911 Grand Prix de Paris with As d'Atout. His son, François de Ganay, owned Rapace, the winner of the 1955 Prix du Jockey Club.

When the present system of race grading was introduced in 1971, the Prix Ganay was classed at the highest level, Group 1. Simultaneously, its distance and date were interchanged with those of the Prix d'Harcourt, a Group 2 event which also takes place at Longchamp. Since then, the Prix d'Harcourt has been contested three or four weeks prior to the Prix Ganay, which is now run over 2,100 metres in late April or early May.

The fastest winning time in the race over 2,000 metres was 2m 3.84s, achieved by Tanerko in 1957. The record time over its present distance, 2,100 metres, is 2m 7.90s, set by Dylan Thomas in 2007. The widest margin of victory was recorded by Mill Reef in 1972.

Records

Leading jockey (6 wins):

  • Yves Saint-MartinRelko (1964), Taj Dewan (1968), Rheingold (1973), Allez France (1974, 1975), Sagace (1985)

Leading trainer (5 wins):

  • Henry Count – Rovigo (1929), Rodosto (1934) Basileus (1946), Chanteur (1947), Fontenay (1950)
  • Geoffroy Watson – Victrix (1938), Guersant (1953), Exbury (1963), Free Ride (1965), Diatome (1966)

Leading owner (6 wins):

  • Marcel BoussacGoyescas (1933), Goya (1939, 1940), Djebel (1942), Goyama (1948), Nirgal (1949)

Winners since 1970

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
1970 Grandier 6 Maurice Philipperon John Cunnington, Jr. Mrs P. Ribes 2:14.20
1971 Caro 4 Maurice Philipperon Albert Klimscha Countess Batthyany 2:08.60
1972 Mill Reef 4 Geoff Lewis Ian Balding Paul Mellon 2:16.20
1973 Rheingold 4 Yves Saint-Martin Barry Hills Henry Zeisel 2:17.20
1974 Allez France 4 Yves Saint-Martin Angel Penna, Sr. Daniel Wildenstein 2:23.20
1975 Allez France 5 Yves Saint-Martin Angel Penna, Sr. Daniel Wildenstein 2:12.00
1976 Infra Green 4 Jackie Taillard E. Bartholomew Mrs J. Pochna 2:14.80
1977 Arctic Tern 4 Maurice Philipperon John Fellows Mrs John S. Knight 2:11.60
1978 Trillion 4 Lester Piggott Maurice Zilber Edward L. Stephenson 2:18.20
1979 Frere Basile 4 Jean-Luc Kessas Bernard Sécly Jean-Pierre Binet 2:17.20
1980 Le Marmot 4 Philippe Paquet François Boutin Rodolph Schafer 2:15.00
1981 Argument 4 Alain Lequeux Maurice Zilber Bruce McNall 2:12.20
1982 Bikala 4 Serge Gorli Patrick Biancone Jules Ouaki 2:09.70
1983 Lancastrian 6 Alain Lequeux David Smaga Sir Michael Sobell 2:16.90
1984 Romildo 4 Cash Asmussen François Boutin Gerry Oldham 2:12.00
1985 Sagace 5 Yves Saint-Martin Patrick Biancone Daniel Wildenstein 2:10.30
1986 Baillamont 4 Freddy Head François Boutin Stavros Niarchos 2:11.70
1987 Triptych 5 Tony Cruz Patrick Biancone Alan Clore 2:15.10
1988 Saint Andrews 4 Alain Badel Jean-Marie Béguigné Suzy Volterra 2:18.60
1989 Saint Andrews 5 Alain Badel Jean-Marie Béguigné Suzy Volterra 2:20.80
1990 Creator 4 Cash Asmussen André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 2:13.00
1991 Kartajana 4 William Mongil Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:18.40
1992 Subotica 4 Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Olivier Lecerf 2:09.30
1993 Vert Amande 5 Dominique Boeuf Elie Lellouche Enrique Sarasola 2:21.10
1994 Marildo 7 Guy Guignard David Smaga David Smaga 2:11.90
1995 Pelder 5 Frankie Dettori Paul Kelleway Osvaldo Pedroni 2:20.70
1996 Valanour 4 Gérald Mossé Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:10.90
1997 Helissio 4 Olivier Peslier Elie Lellouche Enrique Sarasola 2:12.10
1998 Astarabad 4 Gérald Mossé Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:12.50
1999 Dark Moondancer 4 Gérald Mossé Alain de Royer-Dupré Ben Arbib 2:11.30
2000 Indian Danehill 4 Olivier Peslier André Fabre Edouard E. de Rothschild 2:27.20
2001 Golden Snake 5 Pat Eddery John Dunlop The National Stud 2:16.70
2002 Aquarelliste 4 Dominique Boeuf Elie Lellouche Ecurie Wildenstein 2:11.40
2003 Fair Mix 5 Olivier Peslier Marcel Rolland Ecurie Week-End 2:13.00
2004 Execute 7 Thierry Gillet John Hammond Ecurie Chalhoub 2:14.60
2005 Bago 4 Thierry Gillet Jonathan Pease Niarchos Family 2:17.70
2006 Corre Caminos 4 Thierry Jarnet Mikel Delzangles Marquesa de Moratalla 2:17.10
2007 Dylan Thomas 4 Christophe Soumillon Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor 2:07.90
2008 Duke of Marmalade 4 Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor 2:08.30
2009 Vision d'Etat 4 Ioritz Mendizabal Eric Libaud Detré / Libaud 2:09.43
2010 Cutlass Bay 4 Maxime Guyon Andre Fabre Godolphin SNC 2:11.80

Earlier winners

  • 1889 - Acheron
  • 1890 - Le Sancy
  • 1891 - Barberousse
  • 1892 - Berenger
  • 1893 - Gouverneur
  • 1894 - Galette
  • 1895 - Monsieur Gabriel
  • 1896 - Le Sagittaire
  • 1897 - Champaubert
  • 1898 - Quilda
  • 1899 - Gardefeu
  • 1900 - Fourire
  • 1901 - Kremlin
  • 1902 - Codoman
  • 1903 - La Camargo
  • 1904 - Caius
  • 1905 - Caius
  • 1906 - Rataplan
  • 1908 - Moulins la Marche
  • 1909 - L'Inconnu
  • 1910 - Chulo
  • 1911 - Ossian
  • 1912 - Cadet Roussel
  • 1913 - Shannon
  • 1915–18 - no race
  • 1919 - Ramscapelle
  • 1920 - Samourai
  • 1921 - Sourbier
  • 1923 - Le Prodige
  • 1924 - Massine
  • 1925 - Cadum
  • 1926 - Nid d'Or
  • 1927 - Biribi
  • 1928 - Nino
  • 1929 - Rovigo
  • 1930 - Barrabas
  • 1931 - La Savoyarde
  • 1932 - Amfortas
  • 1933 - Goyescas
  • 1934 - Rodosto
  • 1935 - Rentenmark
  • 1936 - Ortolan
  • 1937 - Chuchoteur
  • 1938 - Victrix
  • 1939 - Goya II
  • 1940 - Goya II
  • 1941 - Maurepas
  • 1943 - Tornado / Arcot *
  • 1944 - Norseman
  • 1945 - Seer
  • 1946 - Basileus
  • 1947 - Chanteur
  • 1948 - Goyama
  • 1949 - Nirgal
  • 1950 - Fontenay
  • 1952 - Mat de Cocagne
  • 1953 - Guersant
  • 1954 - Otto
  • 1955 - Elu
  • 1956 - Beau Prince
  • 1957 - Tanerko
  • 1958 - Tanerko
  • 1959 - Chief *
  • 1960 - Marino
  • 1961 - Javelot
  • 1962 - Misti
  • 1965 - Free Ride
  • 1967 - Behistoun
  • 1968 - Taj Dewan
  • 1969 - Carmarthen

* The 1943 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners.
* Balbo and Malefaim finished first and second in 1959, but both were disqualified.

References


See also

  • Recurring events established in 1889 – the Prix Ganay is included under its original title, Prix des Sablons.



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