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Prix Kergorlay

Group 2 race
Prix Kergorlay
Location Deauville Racecourse
Deauville, France
Inaugurated 1864
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Darley
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 3,000 metres (1⅞ miles)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight 53 kg (3yo); 59 kg (4yo+)
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies and mares
Penalties
2 kg for Group 1 winners *
1 kg for Group 2 winners *
* since August 1 last year
Purse 130,000 (2009)
Distribution
1st: 57%, 2nd: 22%
3rd: 10.5%, 4th: 7%
5th: 3.5%

The Prix Kergorlay is a Group 2 flat horse race in France which is open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at Deauville over a distance of 3,000 metres (about 1⅞ miles), and it is scheduled to take place each year in August.

Contents

History

The event was originally called the Prix de la Société d'Encouragement. It was named after a former governing body of horse racing in France, the Société d'Encouragement pour l'Amélioration des Races de Chevaux en France. The inaugural running took place on August 14, 1864, and it was part of the first ever race meeting to be held at Deauville. The distance was initially set at 3,000 metres (equal to the present length), and the prize money for the winning owner was 5,100 francs.

The Prix de la Société d'Encouragement was not run in 1871 because of the Franco-Prussian War. The first of several changes to the race's title was made in 1875, when it became known as the "Prix de Longchamps". The distance was cut to 2,800 metres in 1889 and then to 2,600 metres in 1896. It was increased to 3,400 metres in 1907.

The race was given a new title in 1911 – the "Prix Florian de Kergorlay". This was in memory of Florian de Kergorlay (died October 1910), a former chairman of the Société des Courses de Deauville. The event was abandoned throughout World War I, and it returned with a new distance, 3,000 metres, in 1919.

The event's name was shortened to the "Prix Kergorlay" in 1929. It was cancelled twice during World War II, in 1940 and 1941. For the remainder of this period, while its regular venue was closed, the race was switched temporarily between Le Tremblay (1942–43) and Longchamp (1944–45).

Records

Leading jockey (4 wins):

  • Arthur Watkins – Vertugadin (1866), Ruy Blas (1867), Dutch Tar (1868), L'Aspirant (1870)
  • George Stern – Saxon (1901), Genial (1905), Sauge Pourpree (1908), Grillemont (1923)
  • Maurice Philipperon – Waylay (1966), Homeric (1972), Valuta (1973), Tipperary Fixer (1981)
  • Cash AsmussenKing Luthier (1986), Top Sunrise (1989), Turgeon (1991), Sought Out (1992)

Leading trainer (9 wins):

  • Henry Jennings – Ruy Blas (1867), Dutch Tar (1868), L'Aspirant (1870), Revigny (1873), Montargis (1874), Basquine (1876), Giboulee (1877), Mourle (1879), Arbitre (1880)

Leading owner (6 wins):

  • Alexandre Aumont – Revigny (1873), Basquine (1876), Mademoiselle de Senlis (1883), Siberie (1888), Nativa (1890), Floreal (1891)

Winners since 1980

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
1980 Marson 5 Yves Saint-Martin Robert Collet M. Engel
1981 Tipperary Fixer 3 Maurice Philipperon John Fellows Ben Arbib
1982 Valentinian 4 Willie Carson Dick Hern Lord Scarborough
1983 Kelbomec 7 Jean-Claude Desaint J. C. Cunnington Mrs Jacques Barker
1984 South Gale 4 Guy Guignard C. W. Bartholomew J. F. Gribomont
1985 Faburola 4 Eric Legrix Patrick Biancone Jules Ouaki
1986 King Luthier 4 Cash Asmussen André Fabre Joseph Atrib
1987 Almaarad 4 Willie Carson John Dunlop Hamdan Al Maktoum 3:14.1
1988 Apalachee Prince 3 Eric Legrix Jean de Roualle Arthur I. Appleton 3:10.2
1989 Top Sunrise 4 Cash Asmussen André Fabre Charles E. Schmidt 3:11.5
1990 Al Maheb 4 Michael Roberts Alec Stewart Hamdan Al Maktoum 3:14.3
1991 Turgeon [1] 5 Cash Asmussen Jonathan Pease George Strawbridge 3:15.2
1992 Sought Out 4 Cash Asmussen John Hammond Lord Weinstock 3:25.4
1993 Raintrap 3 Pat Eddery André Fabre Khalid Abdullah 3:25.7
1994 Molesnes 4 Olivier Peslier Marcel Rolland Michel Perret 3:25.1
1995 Peckinpah's Soul 3 Freddy Head David Smaga Ecurie Leader 3:18.7
1996 Kassani 4 Gérald Mossé Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 3:16.1
1997 Classic Cliche 5 John Reid Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 3:20.9
1998 Arctic Owl 4 Kieren Fallon James Fanshawe The Owl Society 3:13.9
1999 Kayf Tara 5 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 3:21.9
2000 Persian Punch 7 Richard Hughes David Elsworth Jeff Smith 3:14.4
2001 Generic 6 Alain Junk Jean-Paul Gallorini Teodoro Biasioli 3:20.4
2002 Cut Quartz 5 Christophe Lemaire Richard Gibson Mrs A. G. Kavanagh 3:11.8
2003 Darasim 5 Joe Fanning Mark Johnston Markus Graff 3:14.6
2004 Gold Medallist 4 Richard Hughes David Elsworth Jeff Smith 3:20.9
2005 Alcazar 10 Michael Fenton Hughie Morrison Repard / Melrose et al. 3:18.0
2006 Lord du Sud 5 Ioritz Mendizabal Jean-Claude Rouget Béatrice Hermelin 3:20.7
2007 Getaway 4 Stéphane Pasquier André Fabre Baron G. von Ullmann 3:22.1
2008 Ponte Tresa 5 Olivier Peslier Yves de Nicolay Erika Hilger 3:12.1
2009 Schiaparelli 6 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 3:09.9

1 Further Flight finished first in 1991, but he was relegated to second place following a Stewards' Inquiry.

Earlier winners

  • 1864 - Nobility
  • 1865 - La Reine Berthe
  • 1866 - Vertugadin
  • 1867 - Ruy Blas
  • 1868 - Dutch Tar
  • 1869 - Clotho
  • 1870 - L'Aspirant
  • 1871 - no race
  • 1872 - Bivouac
  • 1873 - Revigny
  • 1874 - Montargis
  • 1875 - Nougat
  • 1876 - Basquine
  • 1877 - Giboulee
  • 1878 - Gift
  • 1879 - Mourle
  • 1880 - Arbitre
  • 1881 - Castillon
  • 1882 - Aquilin
  • 1883 - Mademoiselle de Senlis
  • 1884 - Escogriffe
  • 1885 - Cafe Procope / Vicq *
  • 1886 - Fripon
  • 1887 - Brisolier
  • 1888 - Siberie
  • 1889 - Prix Fixe
  • 1890 - Nativa
  • 1891 - Floreal
  • 1892 - Galette
  • 1893 - Boissiere
  • 1894 -
  • 1895 - Lutin
  • 1896 - Le Sagittaire
  • 1897 - Riposte
  • 1898 -
  • 1899 - Fourire
  • 1900 - Fourire
  • 1901 - Saxon
  • 1902 - Maximum
  • 1903 - Ex Voto
  • 1904 - Turenne
  • 1905 - Genial
  • 1907 - Punta Gorda
  • 1908 - Sauge Pourpree
  • 1909 - Sea Sick
  • 1910 - Sea Sick
  • 1911 - La Francaise
  • 1912 - La Francaise
  • 1913 - Predicateur
  • 1914–18 - no race
  • 1919 - Tullamore
  • 1920 - Juveigneur
  • 1921 - Nouvel An
  • 1922 - Keror
  • 1923 - Grillemont
  • 1924 - Isola Bella
  • 1925 - Dark Diamond
  • 1926 - Asteroide
  • 1927 - Sou du Franc
  • 1928 - Bois Josselyn
  • 1929 - Innoxa
  • 1930 - Trie Chateau
  • 1931 - Deiri
  • 1932 - Fog Horn
  • 1933 - La Souriciere
  • 1934 - Dark Dew
  • 1935 - Prince Achille
  • 1936 -
  • 1937 - Khasnadar
  • 1938 - Molitor
  • 1939 - Premier Baiser
  • 1940–41 - no race
  • 1942 - Vigilance
  • 1943 - Verso II
  • 1947 - Souverain
  • 1948 - Bey
  • 1949 - Espace Vital
  • 1950 - Ciel Etoile
  • 1951 - Lavarede
  • 1952 - Fast Fox
  • 1953 - Silex
  • 1954 - Elu
  • 1955 - Macip
  • 1956 - Pont Levis
  • 1957 - Romantisme
  • 1958 - Achaz
  • 1959 -
  • 1960 -
  • 1961 - Gisors
  • 1962 - Bounteous
  • 1963 - Celadon
  • 1964 - Ashavan
  • 1965 - Celadon
  • 1966 - Waylay
  • 1967 - Mehari
  • 1968 - Pardallo
  • 1969 - Pandora Bay
  • 1970 - Reindeer
  • 1971 - Miss Dan
  • 1972 - Homeric
  • 1973 - Valuta
  • 1974 - Ribecourt
  • 1975 - Moss Trooper
  • 1976 - Citoyen
  • 1977 - Solaro
  • 1978 - Shafaraz
  • 1979 - Campero

* The 1885 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners.

References


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

See also

  • Recurring sporting events established in 1864 – this race is included under its original title, Prix de la Société d'Encouragement.



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