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Prix Jean Prat

Group 1 race
Prix Jean Prat
Location Chantilly Racecourse
Chantilly, France
Inaugurated 1858
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Etihad Airways
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 1,600 metres (1 mile)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
excluding geldings
Weight 58 kg
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies
Purse 400,000 (2009)
Distribution
1st: 57.14%, 2nd: 22.86%
3rd: 11.43%, 4th: 5.71%
5th: 2.86%

The Prix Jean Prat is a Group 1 flat horse race in France which is open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies. It is run at Chantilly over a distance of 1,600 metres (about 1 mile), and it is scheduled to take place each year in early July.

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History

The event was established in 1858, and it was originally the first leg of a pair of races which were both called the Prix Biennal. The second, for horses aged four or older, was introduced in 1859. Both contests were staged at Longchamp, and the version for three-year-olds was run over 2,000 metres. In its early years it was held in April, and it served as a trial for the Prix du Jockey Club.

Both legs of the Prix Biennal were given a new title, the Prix Jean Prat, in 1940. This was in memory of Jean Prat (1847–1940), a successful racehorse owner and breeder, who was a member of a former governing body of French racing, the Société d'Encouragement. The version for three-year-olds was given a new slot — late May or early June — in 1961. Its distance was shortened to 1,850 metres in 1962. The race was transferred to Chantilly in 1967, where its length was cut to 1,800 metres. The present system of race grading was introduced in 1971, and for a period the event was classed at Group 2 level.

The Prix Jean Prat for older horses was given a new title in 1985 – the Prix Vicomtesse Vigier. The version for three-year-olds retained the name Prix Jean Prat, and it was promoted to Group 1 status. The race moved back to its original venue, Longchamp, in 1986, and it returned to Chantilly in 1995. Its distance was reduced to 1,600 metres in 2005, and simultaneously it was rescheduled to take place in early July.

Records since 1940

Leading jockey (6 wins):

  • Yves Saint-MartinJour et Nuit (1964), Silver Shark (1966), Antipode (1974), Earth Spirit (1976), Melyno (1982), Ginger Brink (1983)

Leading trainer (5 wins):

  • François Mathet – Jour et Nuit (1964), Silver Shark (1966), Maroun (1971), Lightning (1977), Melyno (1982)
  • François BoutinSpeedy Dakota (1975), Cresta Rider (1981), Mendez (1984), Baillamont (1985), Priolo (1990)

Leading owner (4 wins):

  • Sheikh MohammedLocal Talent (1987), Kitwood (1992), Torrential (1995), Starborough (1997)

Winners since 1979

Year

Winner

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
1979 Young Generation Greville Starkey Guy Harwood Anthony P. Ward 1:51.1
1980 Night Alert Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien Robert Sangster 1:48.2
1981 Cresta Rider Philippe Paquet François Boutin Stavros Niarchos 1:50.4
1982 Melyno Yves Saint-Martin François Mathet Stavros Niarchos 1:46.1
1983 Ginger Brink Yves Saint-Martin Robert Collet Albert Yank 1:50.9
1984 Mendez Cash Asmussen François Boutin Philip Niarchos 1:52.8
1985 Baillamont Cash Asmussen François Boutin Stavros Niarchos 1:54.6
1986 Magical Wonder Cash Asmussen Georges Mikhalidès Mahmoud Fustok 1:51.8
1987 Risk Me Tony Cruz Paul Kelleway Lewis Norris 1:56.4
1988 Lapierre Steve Cauthen Clive Brittain Mrs J. M. Khan 1:54.0
1989 Local Talent Cash Asmussen André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 1:59.5
1990 Priolo Gérald Mossé François Boutin Ecurie Skymarc Farm 1:53.7
1991 Sillery Dominique Boeuf Criquette Head Ghislaine Head 1:51.3
1992 Kitwood Steve Cauthen André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 1:58.0
1993 Le Balafre Olivier Peslier Nicolas Clément Joseph de Lastours 1:53.1
1994 Millkom Jean-René Dubosc Jean-Claude Rouget Jean-Claude Gour 1:56.0
1995 Torrential Frankie Dettori John Gosden Sheikh Mohammed 1:55.9
1996 Le Triton Freddy Head Criquette Head Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:48.6
1997 Starborough Frankie Dettori David Loder Sheikh Mohammed 1:51.7
1998 Almutawakel Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 1:51.9
1999 Golden Snake Michael Hills Barry Hills Mohamed Obaida 1:54.5
2000 Suances Gérald Mossé M. Delcher Sánchez Jed Cohen 1:53.4
2001 Olden Times Pat Eddery John Dunlop Prince A. A. Faisal 1:48.1
2002 Rouvres Olivier Doleuze Criquette Head-Maarek Alec Head 1:46.5
2003 Vespone Christophe Lemaire Nicolas Clément Ecurie Mister Ess A S 1:47.1
2004 Bago Thierry Gillet Jonathan Pease Niarchos Family 1:46.6
2005 Turtle Bowl Olivier Peslier François Rohaut Berend van Dalfsen 1:36.1
2006 Stormy River Thierry Thulliez Nicolas Clément Ecurie Mister Ess A S 1:37.8
2007 Lawman Olivier Peslier Jean-Marie Béguigné Marzocco / Ciampi 1:41.2
2008 Tamayuz Davy Bonilla Freddy Head Hamdan Al Maktoum 1:37.6
2009 Lord Shanakill Jim Crowley Karl Burke Mogeely Stud / Gittins 1:38.9
2010 Dick Turpin Richard Hughes Richard Hannon John Manley 1:36.3

Earlier winners

  • 1884 - Little Duck
  • 1885 - Reluisant
  • 1896 - Arreau
  • 1906 - Prestige
  • 1908 - Sea Sick
  • 1909 - Verdun
  • 1914 - Durbar
  • 1934 - Duplex
  • 1942 - Puymirol
  • 1943 - Dogat
  • 1944 - Laborde
  • 1945 - Obelisque
  • 1946 - Souverain
  • 1947 - L'Imperial
  • 1948 - Jocker
  • 1949 - Marveil
  • 1950 - Janus
  • 1951 - Le Tyrol
  • 1952 - La Varende
  • 1953 -
  • 1954 - Peppermint
  • 1955 - Fauchelevent
  • 1956 - Incitatus
  • 1957 - Le Haar
  • 1958 - Launay
  • 1959 - Memorandum
  • 1960 - Angers
  • 1961 - Bobar
  • 1962 - Tang
  • 1963 - Spy Well
  • 1964 - Jour et Nuit
  • 1965 - Esso
  • 1966 - Silver Shark
  • 1967 - Locris
  • 1968 - Lorenzaccio
  • 1969 - Hill Run
  • 1970 - Master Guy
  • 1971 - Maroun
  • 1973 - Sharp Edge
  • 1974 - Antipode
  • 1975 - Speedy Dakota
  • 1976 - Earth Spirit
  • 1977 - Lightning
  • 1978 - Dom Racine


References


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

See also

  • Recurring events established in 1858 – the Prix Jean Prat is included under its original title, Prix Biennal.



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