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Prix Greffulhe

Group 2 race
Prix Greffulhe
Location Saint-Cloud Racecourse
Saint-Cloud, France
Inaugurated 1882
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 2,000 metres (1¼ miles)
Track Turf, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
excluding geldings
Weight 58 kg
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies
Purse 130,000 (2009)
Distribution
1st: 57%, 2nd: 22%
3rd: 10.5%, 4th: 7%
5th: 3.5%

The Prix Greffulhe is a Group 2 flat horse race in France which is open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies. 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 May.

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History

The event was established in 1882, and it was originally contested at Longchamp over 2,100 metres. It was named in memory of Henri Greffulhe (1815–1879), a long-serving member of the Société d'Encouragement, a former governing body of French racing. Greffulhe played an important role in the negotiations concerning the creation of Longchamp Racecourse, which opened in 1857.

The Prix Greffulhe was one of several events which were collectively known as the Poules des Produits. These were the key trials for the Prix du Jockey Club, which were all established by the Société d'Encouragement in the 19th century. By 1882 there were five such races – the other four, listed by their modern titles, were the Prix Daru, the Prix Lupin, the Prix Hocquart and the Prix Noailles. All but the Prix Lupin (known from 1872 to 1895 as the Grande Poule des Produits) had specific conditions of entry, which were based on the nationality of a horse's sire or dam. The Prix Greffulhe was restricted to horses whose dams were born and bred in France. As with the other Poules des Produits, each entry was submitted before a horse's birth, in the year of its conception. This attracted a large number of paying entries, which enabled the event to be funded.

The race was cancelled throughout World War I, and it did not return until 1920. During World War II, from 1943 to 1945, it was temporarily switched to an alternative venue, Le Tremblay. At this track its distance was extended to 2,150 metres. Thereafter, the race continued to be held at Longchamp until it was transferred to its present home, Saint-Cloud, in 2005. Upon moving to this venue the race's distance was cut to 2,000 metres.

The last winner of the Prix Greffulhe to achieve victory in the Prix du Jockey Club was Dalakhani in 2003. The fourth-placed horse in 2004, Blue Canari, also won the latter race.

Records

Leading jockey (5 wins):

  • Roger Poincelet – Mistral (1945), Ambiorix (1949), Silnet (1952), Hafiz (1955), Le Mesnil (1963)
  • Yves Saint-MartinRoi Dagobert (1967), Val d'Aoste (1968), Dom Pasquini (1983), Darshaan (1984), Mouktar (1985)
  • Cash AsmussenArokar (1986), Along All (1989), Suave Dancer (1991), Tikkanen (1994), Montjeu (1999)

Leading trainer (9 wins):

  • André FabreAlong All (1989), Apple Tree (1992), Hunting Hawk (1993), Diamond Mix (1995), Peintre Celebre (1997), Visindar (2006), Quest for Honor (2007), Prospect Wells (2008), Cutlass Bay (2009)

Leading owner (7 wins):

  • Marcel BoussacAsterus (1926), Tourbillon (1931), Cillas (1938), Ardan (1944), Ambiorix (1949), Scratch (1950), Dankaro (1974)

Winners since 1979

Year

Winner

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
1979 Le Marmot Philippe Paquet François Boutin Rodolph Schafer 2:25.2
1980 Providential Philippe Paquet François Boutin Serge Fradkoff 2:13.1
1981 The Wonder Lester Piggott Jacques de Chevigny Mrs Alain du Breil 2:15.2
1982 Bois de Grace Henri Samani François Mathet Guy de Rothschild 2:17.7
1983 Dom Pasquini Yves Saint-Martin Robert Collet Mrs Daniel Bertrand 2:32.9
1984 Darshaan Yves Saint-Martin Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:19.3
1985 Mouktar Yves Saint-Martin Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:35.6
1986 Arokar Cash Asmussen Jacques de Chevigny Prince Kais Al Said 2:28.3
1987 Persifleur Tony Cruz Patrick Biancone Daniel Wildenstein 2:12.8
1988 Soft Machine Alfred Gibert Patrick Rago Bertrand Lavelot 2:13.7
1989 Along All Cash Asmussen André Fabre Daniel Wildenstein 2:18.9
1990 Epervier Bleu Dominique Boeuf Elie Lellouche Daniel Wildenstein 2:19.8
1991 Suave Dancer Cash Asmussen John Hammond Henri Chalhoub 2:16.3
1992 Apple Tree Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Paul de Moussac 2:14.7
1993 Hunting Hawk Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 2:18.4
1994 Tikkanen Cash Asmussen Jonathan Pease George Strawbridge 2:14.5
1995 Diamond Mix Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Jean-Luc Lagardère 2:21.5
1996 Ragmar Gérald Mossé Pascal Bary Jean-Louis Bouchard 2:10.6
1997 Peintre Celebre Olivier Peslier André Fabre Daniel Wildenstein 2:14.0
1998 Croco Rouge Sylvain Guillot Pascal Bary Wafic Saïd 2:25.3
1999 Montjeu Cash Asmussen John Hammond Michael Tabor 2:20.1
2000 Rhenium [1] Thierry Jarnet Jean-Claude Rouget Robert Bousquet 2:30.0
2001 Maille Pistol Jean-René Dubosc Jean-Claude Rouget Michel Roussel 2:28.5
2002 Act One Thierry Gillet Jonathan Pease Gerald Leigh 2:18.5
2003 Dalakhani Christophe Soumillon Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:17.3
2004 Millemix Christophe Lemaire Criquette Head-Maarek Alec Head 2:12.9
2005 Vatori Stéphane Pasquier Philippe Demercastel Ecurie Bader 2:08.2
2006 Visindar Christophe Soumillon André Fabre HH Aga Khan IV 2:03.1
2007 Quest for Honor Christophe Soumillon André Fabre Moussac Family 2:09.9
2008 Prospect Wells Olivier Peslier André Fabre Wertheimer et Frère 2:11.6
2009 Cutlass Bay Frankie Dettori André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 2:14.5

1 Aristotle finished first in 2000, but he was relegated to third place following a Stewards' Inquiry.

Earlier winners

  • 1882 - Clio
  • 1883 - Farfadet
  • 1884 - Serge
  • 1885 - Palamede
  • 1886 - Sauterelle
  • 1887 - Brio
  • 1888 - Bocage
  • 1889 - Chopine
  • 1890 - Cerbere
  • 1891 - Reverend
  • 1892 - Fra Angelico
  • 1893 -
  • 1894 - Gospodar
  • 1895 - Le Sagittaire
  • 1896 - Montreuil
  • 1897 - Palmiste
  • 1898 - Le Roi Soleil
  • 1899 - Tapis Vert
  • 1900 - Cymbalier
  • 1901 -
  • 1902 - Maximum
  • 1903 - Chatte Blanche
  • 1904 - Monsieur Charvet
  • 1905 - Genial
  • 1906 -
  • 1907 - Kalisz
  • 1908 - Kenilworth
  • 1909 - Union
  • 1910 - Nuage
  • 1911 - Combourg
  • 1912 - Patrick
  • 1914 - Diderot
  • 1915–19 - no race
  • 1920 - Flowershop
  • 1921 - Tacite
  • 1922 - Kefalin
  • 1923 - Checkmate
  • 1924 - Tapin / Nethou *
  • 1925 - Belfonds
  • 1926 - Asterus
  • 1927 - Lusignan
  • 1928 - Ivanoe
  • 1929 - Verdi
  • 1930 - Veloucreme
  • 1932 -
  • 1933 - Antenor
  • 1934 - Maravedis
  • 1935 - Mansur
  • 1936 - Fastnet
  • 1937 -
  • 1938 - Cillas
  • 1939 - Bacchus
  • 1940 -
  • 1942 -
  • 1943 - Pensbury
  • 1945 - Mistral
  • 1946 - Prince Chevalier
  • 1947 - Chesterfield
  • 1948 - Rigolo
  • 1950 - Scratch
  • 1952 - Silnet
  • 1953 - Marly Knowe
  • 1954 - Major
  • 1955 - Hafiz
  • 1956 - Patras
  • 1957 - Amber
  • 1958 - Upstart
  • 1960 - Hautain
  • 1961 - Devon
  • 1962 - Whippoorwill
  • 1963 - Le Mesnil
  • 1964 - Free Ride
  • 1966 - Hauban
  • 1967 - Roi Dagobert
  • 1968 - Val d'Aoste
  • 1969 - Prince Regent
  • 1970 - Magic Hope
  • 1971 - Rheffic
  • 1972 - Sancy
  • 1973 - Roi Lear
  • 1974 - Dankaro
  • 1975 - Mariacci
  • 1977 - Rex Magna
  • 1978 - Naasiri

* The 1924 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners.

References


  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Prix Greffulhe (2009).

See also



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