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Prix La Rochette

Group 3 race
Prix La Rochette
Location Longchamp Racecourse
Paris, France
Inaugurated 1882
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 1,400 metres (7f)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Two-year-olds
excluding Group 1 winners
Weight 56 kg
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies
Penalties
2½ kg for Group 2 winners
2½ kg if two Group 3 wins
1½ kg if one Group 3 win
Purse 80,000 (2009)
Distribution
1st: 50%, 2nd: 20%, 3rd: 15%
4th: 10%, 5th: 5%

The Prix La Rochette is a Group 3 flat horse race in France which is open to two-year-old thoroughbreds. It is run at Longchamp over a distance of 1,400 metres (about 7 furlongs), and it is scheduled to take place each year in September.

Contents

History

It was originally one of a series of races which were collectively titled the Prix Triennal. The first leg, from which the present contest derives, was introduced in 1882. The second, a race for three-year-olds, began in 1883, and the third, for four-year-olds, in 1884. The events were specifically restricted to horses which were still owned by the breeder who foaled them. The Prix Triennal was initially held at Fontainebleau, and the distance for juveniles was 1,100 metres.

All three races were renamed the Prix La Rochette in 1889. This was in memory of Charles de La Rochette (1820–1889), a long-serving steward of the Société d'Encouragement, the main governing body of horse racing in France at that time. The Prix La Rochette moved to Longchamp in 1892, and that year's two-year-old leg was contested over 1,000 metres. It reverted to 1,100 metres in 1893.

The series switched to Chantilly in 1906, and certain elements were modified. The two-year-old event was split into separate divisions – one race for colts and one for fillies. The three-year-old leg was similarly divided, while that for four-year-olds remained a mixed-sex race. The Prix La Rochette was abandoned during World War I, but a substitute event was held at Maisons-Laffitte in 1918. It returned to Longchamp the following year. Thereafter, with one exception, it continued at Chantilly until 1938. The exception was in 1922, when it was transferred to Deauville. The juvenile colts' and fillies' races at this venue were run over 1,000 metres. The split-race format was maintained until 1929.

The Prix La Rochette was cancelled three times during World War II, in 1939, 1940 and 1944. Two significant changes were made in 1941 – it moved to Longchamp and its regular distance was cut to 1,000 metres. The race was temporarily switched to Le Tremblay in 1943, but since then it has mostly remained at Longchamp. In the post-war period it was occasionally run at alternative venues, with short-term departures to Chantilly (1947, 1957–1959) and Deauville (1955). The 1947 edition saw a brief return to 1,100 metres.

The distance of the Prix La Rochette was progressively increased during the late 1960s. There were short spells at 1,300 metres (1966–67), 1,400 metres (1968) and 1,500 metres (1969), before a more sustained period over 1,600 metres began in 1970.

The race was restricted to male horses only from 1995 to 1999. It began a four-year stint at Chantilly in 1997. The present length, 1,400 metres, was introduced when it returned to Longchamp in 2001.

Records

Leading jockey (8 wins):

  • George Stern – Farnus (1901), Val d'Or (1904), Sidia (1906), Azalee (1908), Dagor (1912), Marka (1912), Mousse de Mer (1913), Banstar (1925)

Leading trainer (10 wins):

  • Robert Denman – Farnus (1901), Gouvernant (1903), Val d'Or (1904), Sidia (1906), Azalee (1908), Dagor (1912), Marka (1912), Mousse de Mer (1913), Banstar (1925), Esclarmonde (1926)
  • François BoutinNeptunium (1971), Banjer (1973), Le Marmot (1978), Un Reitre (1979), Vorias (1980), Persepolis (1981), L'Emigrant (1982), Pasakos (1987), Linamix (1989), Indian Jones (1994)

Leading owner (10 wins):

  • Edmond Blanc – Marly (1892), Lucie (1899), Farnus (1901), Gouvernant (1903), Val d'Or (1904), Sidia (1906), Azalee (1908), Dagor (1912), Marka (1912), Mousse de Mer (1913)

Winners since 1979

Year

Winner

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
1979 Un Reitre Philippe Paquet François Boutin Stavros Niarchos
1980 Vorias Philippe Paquet François Boutin Peter Goulandris
1981 Persepolis Philippe Paquet François Boutin Stavros Niarchos
1982 L'Emigrant Lester Piggott François Boutin Stavros Niarchos
1983 Cariellor Yves Saint-Martin André Fabre Suzy Volterra
1984 No Pass No Sale Alfred Gibert Robert Collet René M. Aubert 1:48.70
1985 Kadrou Alfred Gibert Jean Laumain Henri Rabatel
1986 Grand Chelem Yves Saint-Martin Robert Collet Richard C. Strauss
1987 Pasakos Freddy Head François Boutin Marquis della Rocchetta
1988 Local Talent Cash Asmussen André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 1:43.20
1989 Linamix Gérald Mossé François Boutin Jean-Luc Lagardère 1:41.20
1990 Beau Sultan Freddy Head Criquette Head Ghislaine Head 1:39.30
1991 Steinbeck [1] Steve Cauthen André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 1:38.90
1992 Kadounor Guy Guignard Jean Laumain Henri Rabatel 1:45.10
1993 Chimes Band Dominique Boeuf Pascal Bary Ecurie I. M. Farès 1:48.90
1994 Indian Jones Cash Asmussen François Boutin Edouard E. de Rothschild 1:45.70
1995 Le Triton Walter Swinburn Criquette Head Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:46.40
1996 Fine Fellow Freddy Head Criquette Head Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:48.80
1997 Pinmix Alain Junk André Fabre Jean-Luc Lagardère 1:38.80
1998 Slickly Olivier Peslier André Fabre Jean-Luc Lagardère 1:40.10
1999 Ocean of Wisdom Cash Asmussen Pascal Bary Niarchos Family 1:48.50
2000 Okawango Olivier Doleuze Criquette Head Wertheimer et Frère 1:41.45
2001 Guys and Dolls Christophe Soumillon Paul Cole Anthony Speelman 1:21.10
2002 Le Vie dei Colori Thierry Thulliez Roberto Brogi Scuderia Archi Romani 1:21.10
2003 Diamond Green Christophe Soumillon André Fabre Lagardère Family 1:22.50
2004 Early March Olivier Peslier Criquette Head-Maarek Khalid Abdullah 1:22.20
2005 Multiplex [2] Christophe Soumillon André Fabre Khalid Abdullah 1:23.80
2006 Visionario Christophe Soumillon André Fabre HH Aga Khan IV 1:23.80
2007 Young Pretender Frankie Dettori John Gosden Princess Haya of Jordan 1:21.90
2008 Soul City Richard Hughes Richard Hannon Patrick J. Fahey 1:22.70
2009 Buzzword Ahmed Ajtebi Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 1:22.83

1 Rainbow Corner finished first in 1991, but he was relegated to second place following a Stewards' Inquiry.
2 Yasoodd was first in 2005, but he was placed fourth after a Stewards' Inquiry.

Earlier winners

1882–1905

  • 1882 -
  • 1883 -
  • 1884 - Barberine
  • 1885 - Jupin
  • 1886 -
  • 1887 - Stuart
  • 1888 - Criniere
  • 1889 -
  • 1890 - Clairon
  • 1891 - Chene Royal
  • 1892 - Marly
  • 1893 - Dolma Baghtche
  • 1894 -
  • 1895 - Brunehilde
  • 1896 - Roxelane
  • 1897 - Madagascar
  • 1898 -
  • 1899 - Lucie
  • 1900 - Eryx
  • 1901 - Farnus
  • 1902 - Reine Margot
  • 1903 - Gouvernant
  • 1904 - Val d'Or
  • 1905 - Sly Fox


1906–1929 (colts' division)

  • 1906 - Calomel
  • 1907 - Schuyler
  • 1908 - Hag to Hag
  • 1909 - Ulm
  • 1910 - Manfred
  • 1911 - Petulance
  • 1912 - Dagor
  • 1913 - La Farina
  • 1914–17 - no race
  • 1918 - Observateur
  • 1919 - Odol
  • 1920 - Arbre Sec
  • 1921 - Sombrero
  • 1922 - Sao Paulo
  • 1923 - Scaramouche
  • 1924 - Lezignan
  • 1925 - Banstar
  • 1926 - Andorra
  • 1927 - Seymour
  • 1928 - Rosolio
  • 1929 - Pearlash


1906–1929 (fillies' division)

  • 1906 - Sidia
  • 1907 - Scabieuse
  • 1908 - Azalee
  • 1909 - Urgulosa
  • 1910 - Brume
  • 1911 - Qu'elle Est Belle II
  • 1912 - Marka
  • 1913 - Mousse de Mer
  • 1914–17 - no race
  • 1918 - Stearine
  • 1919 - La Chiffa
  • 1920 - Farthing
  • 1921 - Hyperite
  • 1922 - Pomare
  • 1923 - Carnation
  • 1924 - Canalette
  • 1925 - Solette
  • 1926 - Esclarmonde
  • 1927 - Roahouga
  • 1928 - Necklace
  • 1929 - Swiss Miss


1930–1978

  • 1931 - La Bourrasque
  • 1932 - Negundo
  • 1933 - Cingalaise
  • 1934 - Aromate
  • 1935 - Mistress Ford
  • 1936 - Catherinette
  • 1937 - Shrew
  • 1938 - Canzoni
  • 1939–40 - no race
  • 1941 - Esmeralda
  • 1942 - Caravelle / Dogat *
  • 1943 - Le Volcan
  • 1944 - no race
  • 1945 - Tourmente
  • 1946 - Djelal
  • 1947 - Balle Negre
  • 1948 - Musette
  • 1949 - Janus
  • 1950 - La Taglioni
  • 1951 - Luzon
  • 1952 - Cobalt
  • 1953 - Ferriol
  • 1954 - Tactic
  • 1955 - Belle Epoque
  • 1956 - Franc Luron
  • 1957 - Nubile
  • 1958 - Iadwiga
  • 1959 - Hautain
  • 1960 - Cocomel
  • 1961 - La Sega
  • 1962 - Wideawake
  • 1963 - Takawalk
  • 1964 - Shamirah
  • 1965 - Silver Shark
  • 1966 - Monatrea
  • 1967 - Vent du Nord
  • 1968 - Mia Pola
  • 1969 -
  • 1970 - Dictus
  • 1971 - Neptunium
  • 1972 - Satingo
  • 1973 - Banjer
  • 1974 - Dandy Lute
  • 1975 - Monsieur Dian
  • 1976 - Command Freddy
  • 1977 - River Knight
  • 1978 - Le Marmot

* The 1942 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners.

References


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

See also

  • Recurring events established in 1882 – the Prix La Rochette is included under its original title, Prix Triennal.



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