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Prix Maurice de Gheest

Group 1 race
Prix Maurice de Gheest
Location Deauville Racecourse
Deauville, France
Inaugurated 1922
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 1,300 metres (6½f)
Track Turf, straight
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight 56 kg (3yo); 58 kg (4yo+)
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies and mares
Purse 250,000 (2009)
Distribution
1st: 57.14%, 2nd: 22.86%
3rd: 11.43%, 4th: 5.71%
5th: 2.86%

The Prix Maurice de Gheest is a Group 1 flat horse race in France which is open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at Deauville over a distance of 1,300 metres (about 6½ furlongs), and it is scheduled to take place each year in August.

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History

The event was established in 1922, and it was originally contested over 1,400 metres. It was named in memory of Maurice de Gheest (1850–1920), a member of the Société des Courses de Deauville, a former governing body of racing at Deauville.

The Prix Maurice de Gheest was cancelled in 1940 due to World War II. For the remainder of the war, while its regular venue was closed, the race was switched temporarily between Maisons-Laffitte (1941–43, 1945) and Auteuil (1944). It returned to Deauville in 1946. The distance of the event was cut to 1,300 metres in 1966.

When the present system of race grading was introduced in 1971, the Prix Maurice de Gheest was initially given Group 3 status. It was promoted to Group 2 in 1980, and to the highest level, Group 1, in 1995.

The Prix Maurice de Gheest became part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series in 2009. The winner of the race now earns an automatic invitation to compete in the same year's Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint. [1]

Records

Leading jockey (4 wins):

  • Lester PiggottMountain Call (1968), Abergwaun (1972), Moorestyle (1981), College Chapel (1993)

Leading trainer (4 wins):

  • Charles Cunnington – Ziani (1932), Aziyade (1936, 1937), Le Koh I Noor (1939)

Leading owner (4 wins):

  • Marcel BoussacZariba (1922), Grillemont (1923), Theano (1943), Windorah (1947)
  • Pierre WertheimerSonny Boy (1933), Djanet (1956), Midget (1957), Tomahawk (1959)

Winners since 1979

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
1979 Boitron 3 Philippe Paquet François Boutin Stavros Niarchos
1980 Boitron 4 Philippe Paquet François Boutin Stavros Niarchos
1981 Moorestyle 4 Lester Piggott Robert Armstrong Moores Furnishings Ltd
1982 Exclusive Order 3 Maurice Philipperon John Cunnington, Jr. Paul de Moussac
1983 Beaudelaire 3 Pat Eddery Vincent O'Brien Robert Sangster 1:16.3
1984 Never So Bold 4 Steve Cauthen Robert Armstrong Edward Kessly 1:16.5
1985 Spectacular Joke 3 Maurice Philipperon John Cunnington, Jr. Paul de Moussac 1:16.6
1986 Lead on Time 3 Pat Eddery Olivier Douieb Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:17.4
1987 Interval 3 Pat Eddery Jeremy Tree Khalid Abdullah 1:16.9
1988 Blue Note 3 Gary W. Moore Criquette Head Ghislaine Head 1:17.8
1989 Cricket Ball 6 Gérald Mossé John Fellows Robin Scully 1:20.2
1990 Dead Certain 3 Cash Asmussen David Elsworth G. G. Marten 1:19.6
1991 Roman Prose 6 Marc de Smyter Jonathan Pease Henry C. Seymour 1:16.3
1992 Pursuit of Love 3 Michael Kinane Henry Cecil Lord Howard de Walden 1:16.3
1993 College Chapel 3 Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien Red Nab Racing Ltd 1:18.3
1994 Dolphin Street 4 Gérald Mossé John Hammond Stavros Niarchos 1:18.7
1995 Cherokee Rose 4 Cash Asmussen John Hammond Sheikh Mohammed 1:16.5
1996 Anabaa 4 Freddy Head Criquette Head Ghislaine Head 1:19.0
1997 Occupandiste 4 Olivier Doleuze Criquette Head Wertheimer et Frère 1:16.7
1998 Seeking the Pearl 4 Yutaka Take Hideyuki Mori Mrs Masako Uenaka 1:14.7
1999 Diktat 4 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 1:18.2
2000 Bold Edge 5 Dane O'Neill Richard Hannon Lady Whent & Friends 1:16.0
2001 King Charlemagne 3 Jamie Spencer Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Magnier 1:19.3
2002 May Ball 5 Gérald Mossé John Gosden Lord Hartington 1:17.7
2003 Porlezza 4 Christophe Soumillon Yves de Nicolay Erika Hilger 1:17.9
2004 Somnus 4 Gary Stevens Tim Easterby Lady Legard et al. 1:16.0
2005 Whipper 4 Christophe Soumillon Robert Collet Richard C. Strauss 1:17.1
2006 Marchand d'Or 3 Davy Bonilla Freddy Head Carla Giral 1:15.9
2007 Marchand d'Or 4 Davy Bonilla Freddy Head Carla Giral 1:14.9
2008 Marchand d'Or 5 Davy Bonilla Freddy Head Carla Giral 1:18.4
2009 King's Apostle 5 Ryan Moore William Haggas Bernard Kantor 1:15.7

Earlier winners

  • 1922 - Zariba
  • 1923 - Grillemont
  • 1924 - Persephone
  • 1925 - Lezignan
  • 1926 - Nyo
  • 1927 - Mordicus
  • 1928 -
  • 1929 - Tivoli
  • 1930 - Advertencia
  • 1931 - Masked Jester
  • 1932 - Ziani
  • 1933 - Sonny Boy
  • 1934 - Jocrisse
  • 1935 - Master Vere
  • 1936 - Aziyade
  • 1937 - Aziyade
  • 1938 - Sweet Dream
  • 1939 - Le Koh I Noor
  • 1940 - no race
  • 1941 - Becassin
  • 1942 - Galene
  • 1943 - Theano
  • 1944 - Le Volcan
  • 1945 -
  • 1946 - Tango
  • 1947 - Windorah
  • 1948 - Drakkar
  • 1949 - Djebe
  • 1950 - Skylarking
  • 1951 -
  • 1952 - Guam
  • 1953 - Vamarie
  • 1954 - Vamarie
  • 1955 -
  • 1956 - Djanet
  • 1957 - Midget
  • 1958 - Val d'Oisans
  • 1959 - Tomahawk
  • 1960 - Rina
  • 1961 - Nice Guy
  • 1962 - Nice Guy
  • 1963 - Tryptic
  • 1964 - Spy Well
  • 1965 - Yours
  • 1966 - Han d'Island
  • 1967 - Radames
  • 1968 - Mountain Call
  • 1969 -
  • 1970 - Irish Minstrel
  • 1971 - Sweet Revenge
  • 1972 - Abergwaun
  • 1973 - Pepenador
  • 1974 - Lianga
  • 1975 - Sky Commander
  • 1976 - Girl Friend
  • 1977 - Flying Water
  • 1978 - King of Macedon


References

  1. "Breeders' Cup Challenge". breederscup.com. http://www.breederscup.com/challenge.aspx. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 




  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Prix Maurice de Gheest (2009).

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