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Prix Maurice de Nieuil

Group 2 race
Prix Maurice de Nieuil
Location Longchamp Racecourse
Paris, France
Inaugurated 1920
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 2,800 metres (1¾ miles)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Four-years-old and up
Weight 56 kg
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies and mares
Penalties
3 kg for Group 1 winners *
3 kg if two Group 2 wins *
2 kg if one Group 2 win *
2 kg if two Group 3 wins *
* since July 1 last year
Purse 130,000 (2009)
Distribution
1st: 57%, 2nd: 22%
3rd: 10.5%, 4th: 7%
5th: 3.5%

The Prix Maurice de Nieuil is a Group 2 flat horse race in France which is open to thoroughbreds aged four years or older. It is run at Longchamp over a distance of 2,800 metres (about 1¾ miles), and it is scheduled to take place each year in July.

Contents

History

The event was established in 1920, and it was originally called the Prix des Maréchaux. This was in honour of the French and Allied marshals (maréchaux) who had served in World War I. For the early part of its history the race was staged at Saint-Cloud, and it was open to horses aged three or older. It was initially contested over 3,100 metres, and it was then cut to 2,800 metres in 1928. This was shortened to 2,600 metres in 1936.

The Prix des Maréchaux was cancelled in 1940 because of World War II. Saint-Cloud was closed during this period, and so for several years the event was temporarily switched to alternative venues. It was usually held at Longchamp (1941–42, 1944–45), but it also took place at Le Tremblay (1943) and Maisons-Laffitte (1946). At Longchamp it was run over 2,500 metres, and this became the event's regular distance when it returned to Saint-Cloud in 1947. From this point it was briefly known as the Prix de Strasbourg.

The race was given its present title, the Prix Maurice de Nieuil, in 1949. This was in memory of Maurice de Nieuil (1860–1949), a former chairman of the Société Sportive d'Encouragement, one of the precursors of France Galop.

The Prix Maurice de Nieuil was transferred to a different venue, Maisons-Laffitte, in 1990. Two significant changes were made to the race in 2001 – its distance was increased to 2,800 metres, and the minimum age of participating horses was raised to four. Its length was extended to 3,000 metres in 2004, but this was reverted to 2,800 metres the following year. The event moved to its present home, Longchamp, in 2006. Since then it has been part of the Grand Prix de Paris meeting, which is currently held on the evening of Bastille Day.

Records

Leading jockey (4 wins):

  • Alfred Gibert – Kimberley (1966), Riboboy (1977), Singapore Girl (1979), Saint Estephe (1985)
  • Cash AsmussenFull of Stars (1984), Altayan (1986), Aboline (1994), Surgeon (1997)

Leading trainer (8 wins):

  • André FabreSaint Estephe (1985), French Glory (1990), Toulon (1991), Serrant (1993), Public Purse (1998), War Game (2000), Martaline (2003), Bellamy Cay (2006)

Leading owner (5 wins):

  • Marcel BoussacDenver (1934), Jock (1941), Macip (1955), Argal (1958), Emerald (1965)
  • Khalid AbdullahFrench Glory (1990), Toulon (1991), Public Purse (1998), Martaline (2003), Bellamy Cay (2006)

Winners since 1980

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
1980 Buckpoint 4 Jean-Luc Kessas Bernard Sécly Mrs Jean-Pierre Binet
1981 Perrault 4 Yves Saint-Martin Pierre Pelat Baron Thierry van Zuylen 2:38.4
1982 All Along 3 Serge Gorli Patrick Biancone Daniel Wildenstein 2:46.6
1983 Load the Cannons 3 Alain Badel Olivier Douieb Bruce McNall 2:39.8
1984 Full of Stars 4 Cash Asmussen François Boutin Peter Goulandris 2:36.3
1985 Saint Estephe 3 Alfred Gibert André Fabre Yan Houyvet 2:38.2
1986 Altayan 3 Cash Asmussen Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:44.5
1987 River Memories 3 Alain Lequeux Robert Collet Alan Clore 2:36.1
1988 Merce Cunningham 4 Willie Carson Dick Hern Peter M. Brant 2:40.2
1989 Ibn Bey 5 Richard Quinn Paul Cole Prince Fahd bin Salman 2:39.6
1990 French Glory 4 Pat Eddery André Fabre Khalid Abdullah 2:35.3
1991 Toulon 3 Pat Eddery André Fabre Khalid Abdullah 2:30.6
1992 Vert Amande 4 Dominique Boeuf Elie Lellouche Enrique Sarasola 2:36.8
1993 Serrant 5 Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Daniel Wildenstein 2:41.0
1994 Aboline 3 Cash Asmussen John Hammond Mrs Bryan Lynam 2:39.4
1995 Partipral 6 Dominique Boeuf Elie Lellouche Enrique Sarasola 2:48.6
1996 Darazari 3 Gérald Mossé Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:42.8
1997 Surgeon 4 Cash Asmussen Jean de Roualle Knut Eng 2:38.6
1998 Public Purse 4 Olivier Peslier André Fabre Khalid Abdullah 2:39.3
1999 Lucky Dream 5 Thierry Thulliez Henri-Alex Pantall Christine Dutertre 2:37.4
2000 War Game 4 Olivier Peslier André Fabre Daniel Wildenstein 2:38.4
2001 Generic 6 Alain Junk Jean-Paul Gallorini Teodoro Biasioli 3:00.0
2002 Pushkin 4 Dominique Boeuf Elie Lellouche Ecurie Wildenstein 2:58.5
2003 Martaline 4 Christophe Soumillon André Fabre Khalid Abdullah 2:55.1
2004 Forestier 4 Christophe Lemaire Eric Danel Mrs René J. Wattinne 3:26.6
2005 Ostankino 4 Stéphane Pasquier Elie Lellouche Ecurie Wildenstein 2:57.4
2006 Bellamy Cay 4 Kieren Fallon André Fabre Khalid Abdullah 3:01.9
2007 Bussoni 6 Christophe Soumillon Hans Blume Stall Kaiserberg 2:58.1
2008 Incanto Dream 4 Yann Lerner Carlos Lerner Louise Calamari 2:57.1
2009 Voila Ici 4 Mirco Demuro Vittorio Caruso Scuderia Incolinx 2:59.0

Earlier winners

  • 1920 - Dolphin
  • 1921 - Nouvel An
  • 1922 - Happy Go Lucky
  • 1923 - Bou Jeloud
  • 1924 - Le Capucin
  • 1925 - Transvaal
  • 1926 - Warminster
  • 1927 - Cerulea
  • 1928 - Bois Josselyn
  • 1929 - Pinceau
  • 1930 - Beldurhissa
  • 1931 - Kill Lady
  • 1932 - Filarete
  • 1933 - Casterari
  • 1934 - Denver
  • 1935 - Chaudiere
  • 1936 - Cap Nord
  • 1937 - Mont a la Quesne
  • 1938 - Nica
  • 1939 - Premier Baiser
  • 1940 - no race
  • 1941 - Jock
  • 1942 -
  • 1943 -
  • 1944 - Brazza
  • 1945 - Samaritain
  • 1946 -
  • 1947 - Cappielluca
  • 1948 - Sunny Boy
  • 1949 -
  • 1950 - Templier
  • 1951 - Oghio
  • 1952 - Magnific
  • 1953 - Coquelin
  • 1954 - Soleil Levant
  • 1955 - Macip
  • 1956 - Master Boing
  • 1957 - Romantisme
  • 1958 - Argal
  • 1959 - Wildfire
  • 1960 - Or du Rhin
  • 1961 - Or du Rhin
  • 1962 - Esquimau
  • 1963 - Tournevent
  • 1964 - Firstborn
  • 1965 - Emerald
  • 1966 - Kimberley
  • 1967 - Sailor
  • 1968 - Beau Paon
  • 1969 - Copsale
  • 1970 - Ramsin
  • 1971 - Crucible
  • 1972 - Homeric
  • 1973 - Valuta
  • 1974 - Admetus
  • 1975 - Battle Song
  • 1976 - Condorcet
  • 1977 - Riboboy
  • 1978 - Midshipman
  • 1979 - Singapore Girl


References


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

See also

  • Recurring sporting events established in 1920 – the Prix Maurice de Nieuil is included under its original title, Prix des Maréchaux.



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