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Prix La Force

Group 3 race
Prix La Force
Location Longchamp Racecourse
Paris, France
Inaugurated 1910
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 2,000 metres (1¼ miles)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight 58 kg
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies
Purse 80,000 (2010)
1st: €40,000

The Prix La Force is a Group 3 flat horse race in France which is open to three-year-old Thoroughbreds. It is run at Longchamp over a distance of 2,000 metres (about 1¼ miles), and it is scheduled to take place each year in April.

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History

The event was established in 1910, and it was originally open to horses aged three or older. It was named in memory of the Duc de La Force, Bertrand Nompar de Caumont (1840–1909), who was a member of the governing body of racing at Longchamp, the Société d'Encouragement. He was also a racehorse owner (known by his title of Marquis de Caumont), and he had a number of horses in training with Henry Jennings.

The Prix La Force was restricted to three-year-olds in 1950, and for a period it was contested over 2,000 metres. Its distance was subsequently modified, and for brief spells it was run over 2,200 metres (1956–58), 2,000 metres (1959–60), 2,400 metres (1961–63) and 2,600 metres (1964–65). It began a longer period over 2,000 metres in 1966.

The race was temporarily switched to Chantilly in 1995, and to Deauville in 1996. It was extended to 2,400 metres in 1997, but its former length was restored when it left Longchamp again in 2001. The event was staged for two years each at Chantilly and Saint-Cloud, and it returned to its regular home in 2005.

The Prix La Force serves as a trial for the Prix du Jockey Club, and three winners of the modern version have achieved victory in the latter race. The most recent was Holding Court in 2000.

Records

Leading jockey since 1950 (7 wins):

  • Freddy HeadCadmus (1966), Mazarin (1969), Orante (1975), Fabulous Dancer (1979), Truculent (1984), Louis Le Grand (1985), Val des Bois (1989)

Leading trainer since 1950 (6 wins):

  • Criquette Head-MaarekFabulous Dancer (1979), Truculent (1984), Louis Le Grand (1985), The Scout (1987), Val des Bois (1989), Kotashaan (1991)

Leading owner since 1950 (4 wins):

  • Jacques WertheimerOrante (1975), Truculent (1984), Val des Bois (1989), Kotashaan (1991)

Winners since 1978

Year

Winner

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
1978 Dom Racine Alain Badel Olivier Douieb Robert Sangster
1979 Fabulous Dancer Freddy Head Criquette Head Ghislaine Head 2:08.20
1980 Nemr Alfred Gibert Mitri Saliba Mahmoud Fustok
1981 Al Nasr Alfred Gibert André Fabre Moufid F. Dabaghi
1982 Be My Native Bruce Raymond Robert Armstrong K. Hsu
1983 White Spade Lester Piggott David Smaga Sylvain Benillouche
1984 Truculent Freddy Head Criquette Head Jacques Wertheimer
1985 Louis Le Grand Freddy Head Criquette Head Khalid Abdullah
1986 Loyal Double Gérald Mossé Patrick Biancone J. T. Lundy
1987 The Scout Gary W. Moore Criquette Head Khalid Abdullah
1988 Welkin Cash Asmussen Corine Barande-Barbe Alfred M. Cuddy 2:07.90
1989 Val des Bois Freddy Head Criquette Head Jacques Wertheimer 2:14.00
1990 Sifting Gold Cash Asmussen André Fabre Roy H. Strudwick 2:03.10
1991 Kotashaan Guy Guignard Criquette Head Jacques Wertheimer 2:06.50
1992 Break Bread Cash Asmussen David Smaga Lord Weinstock 2:06.50
1993 Sin Kiang Cash Asmussen Jean de Roualle Sir James Goldsmith 2:12.90
1994 Percutant Guy Guignard David Smaga Baron Thierry van Zuylen 2:10.40
1995 Tzar Rodney Olivier Peslier Georges Doleuze William Trichter 2:12.50
1996 Radevore Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Khalid Abdullah 2:07.70
1997 Magellano Olivier Peslier André Fabre Sultan Al Kabeer 2:44.10
1998 Dream Well Cash Asmussen Pascal Bary Niarchos Family 2:31.00
1999 Nowhere to Exit Richard Quinn John Dunlop Gary Pinchen 2:47.30
2000 Holding Court Olivier Peslier Michael Jarvis John Good 2:34.90
2001 Art Contemporain Thierry Jarnet Jean-Claude Rouget Jean-Louis Tepper 2:11.10
2002 Diaghilev [1] Jamie Spencer Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Magnier 2:07.80
2003 Vespone Christophe Lemaire Nicolas Clément Ecurie Mister Ess A S 2:15.40
2004 Delfos Olivier Peslier Carlos Laffon-Parias Leonidas Marinopoulos 2:08.40
2005 Kendor Dine Stéphane Pasquier Yves de Nicolay Didier Kahn 2:14.20
2006 Barastraight Ioritz Mendizabal Jean-Claude Rouget Serge Boucheron 2:04.40
2007 Literato Christophe Lemaire Jean-Claude Rouget Hervé Morin 2:04.80
2008 High Rock Christophe Lemaire Jean-Claude Rouget Robert Bousquet 2:12.90
2009 On Est Bien Anthony Crastus Elie Lellouche Dominique Lellouche 2:09.56
2010 Simon de Montfort Mickael Barzalona André Fabre Godolphin 2:07.12

1 The 2002 winner Diaghilev was later exported to Hong Kong and renamed River Dancer.

Earlier winners

  • 1911 – Matchless
  • 1912 – Basse Pointe
  • 1913 – Amadou
  • 1914 – Ecouen
  • 1919 – Le Dragon
  • 1920 – Cid Campeador
  • 1921 – Sourbier
  • 1922 – Zagreus
  • 1923 – Saint Hubert
  • 1924 – Premontre
  • 1925 – Cadum
  • 1926 – Ptolemy
  • 1927 – Javelot
  • 1928 – Rialto
  • 1929 – Bubbles
  • 1931 – Roi de Trefle
  • 1932 – Filarete
  • 1936 – Quai d'Orsay
  • 1937 – Gonfalonier
  • 1950 – Alizier
  • 1951 –
  • 1952 – Aram
  • 1953 – Semillant
  • 1954 – Malatesta
  • 1955 –
  • 1956 – Fastfol
  • 1957 – Flush Royal II
  • 1958 – Currito
  • 1959 – Colisee / Simono *
  • 1960 – Puissant Chef
  • 1961 – Okay II
  • 1962 –
  • 1963 –
  • 1964 – Silfric
  • 1965 – Principino
  • 1966 – Cadmus
  • 1967 – Topyo
  • 1968 – Abgal
  • 1969 – Mazarin
  • 1971 – Millenium
  • 1972 – Sanur
  • 1973 –
  • 1974 – Un Kopeck
  • 1975 – Orante
  • 1976 – Malacate
  • 1977 – Olantengy

* The 1959 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners.

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