|Race type||Flat / Thoroughbred|
|Distance||2,000 metres (1¼ miles)|
colts & geldings
excluding Group winners
2 kg for Listed winners *
2 kg if Group placed *
* since January 1
The Prix Matchem is a Listed flat horse race in France which is open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and geldings. It is run at various racecourses over distances of around 2,000 metres (1¼ miles), and it is scheduled to take place each year in May or June.
The event is named after Matchem, the earliest of the three 18th-century foundation sires. It was formerly held at Evry, and it used to take place in April or May. For a period its regular distance was 1,800 metres. It was cut to 1,600 metres in 1986, and restored to its previous length in 1990.
The Prix Matchem was switched to Chantilly in 1997, and to Maisons-Laffitte the following year. It began a longer spell at Chantilly in 1999, and it returned to Maisons-Laffitte in 2002. Its distance was extended to 2,100 metres for the 2005 running, and since then it has been scheduled for late May or early June.
The race was run at Compiègne over 2,000 metres in 2006 and 2007, and at Maisons-Laffitte over 1,800 metres in 2008. It was staged at Saint-Cloud over 2,000 metres in 2009.
Leading jockey since 1979 (5 wins):
- Olivier Peslier – Le Balafre (1993), Martiniquais (1996), Val Royal (1999), Vahorimix (2001), Thattinger (2002)
Leading trainer since 1979 (11 wins):
- André Fabre – Kitwood (1992), Bobinski (1995), Martiniquais (1996), Visionary (1997), Val Royal (1999), Vahorimix (2001), Kiddy Sing (2003), Valixir (2004), Kocab (2005), Russian Desert (2007), Cavalryman (2009)
Leading owner since 1979 (4 wins):
- Jean-Luc Lagardère – Alzao (1983), Visionary (1997), Val Royal (1999), Vahorimix (2001)
Winners since 1979
1 The 2006 winner Dilek was later exported to Hong Kong and renamed Viva Macau.
- pedigreequery.com – Prix Matchem.