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Prix Matchem

Listed race
Prix Matchem
Location Various, France
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Race information
Distance 2,000 metres (1¼ miles)
Track Turf
Qualification Three-year-old
colts & geldings
excluding Group winners
Weight 56 kg
2 kg for Listed winners *
2 kg if Group placed *
* since January 1
Purse 55,000 (2009)
1st: €27,500

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 PeslierLe Balafre (1993), Martiniquais (1996), Val Royal (1999), Vahorimix (2001), Thattinger (2002)

Leading trainer since 1979 (11 wins):

  • André FabreKitwood (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):

Winners since 1979






1979 Fabulous Dancer Freddy Head Criquette Head Ghislaine Head
1980 Axius Jean-Luc Kessas J. M. de Choubersky Emmeline de Waldner
1981 Mourtazam Yves Saint-Martin François Mathet HH Aga Khan IV
1982 Bright Dick Yves Saint-Martin Joseph Audon I. B. S. Lewin
1983 Alzao Cash Asmussen François Boutin Jean-Luc Lagardère
1984 Greinton Cash Asmussen François Boutin Stavros Niarchos
1985 Baillamont Cash Asmussen François Boutin Stavros Niarchos
1986 Free Water Freddy Head François Boutin Ernst Wiget
1987 Don Mario Gary W. Moore Criquette Head Jacques Wertheimer
1988 Squill Guy Guignard Criquette Head Etti Plesch
1989 Chivalrous William Mongil Alain de Royer-Dupré Mrs Robert Bousquet
1990 Priolo Gérald Mossé François Boutin Ecurie Skymarc Farm 1:50.00
1991 Sillery Guy Guignard Criquette Head Ghislaine Head 1:58.09
1992 Kitwood Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 1:52.88
1993 Le Balafre Olivier Peslier Nicolas Clément Joseph de Lastours 1:56.86
1994 Dare and Go Olivier Doleuze Criquette Head Jacques Wertheimer 2:01.80
1995 Bobinski Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Bob McCreery 1:58.59
1996 Martiniquais Olivier Peslier André Fabre Daniel Wildenstein 1:51.27
1997 Visionary Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Jean-Luc Lagardère 1:52.30
1998 Frozen Groom Olivier Doleuze Criquette Head Wertheimer et Frère 2:04.70
1999 Val Royal Olivier Peslier André Fabre Jean-Luc Lagardère 1:53.10
2000 Darjeeling Dominique Boeuf Carlos Laffon-Parias Javier Gispert 1:59.60
2001 Vahorimix Olivier Peslier André Fabre Jean-Luc Lagardère 2:03.30
2002 Thattinger Olivier Peslier Richard Chotard Guy-Roger Petit 1:54.10
2003 Kiddy Sing Christophe Soumillon André Fabre Lagardère Family 1:56.90
2004 Valixir Gary Stevens André Fabre Lagardère Family 1:55.80
2005 Kocab Christophe Soumillon André Fabre Khalid Abdullah 2:31.30
2006 Dilek [1] Christophe Soumillon Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:09.13
2007 Russian Desert Stéphane Pasquier André Fabre Edouard E. de Rothschild 2:06.99
2008 Blue Exit Christophe Lemaire Jean-Claude Rouget Allen / Tepper / Forgeard 1:51.70
2009 Cavalryman Maxime Guyon André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 2:08.60

1 The 2006 winner Dilek was later exported to Hong Kong and renamed Viva Macau.


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