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Prix Noailles

Group 2 race
Prix Noailles
Location Longchamp Racecourse
Paris, France
Inaugurated 1878
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 2,100 metres (1m 2½f)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
excluding geldings
Weight 58 kg
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies
Purse 130,000 (2010)
1st: €74,100

The Prix Noailles is a Group 2 flat horse race in France which is open to three-year-old Thoroughbred colts and fillies. It is run at Longchamp over a distance of 2,100 metres (about 1 mile and 2½ furlongs), and it is scheduled to take place each year in April.

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History

The event was established in 1878, and it was originally called the Prix du Nabob. It was named after The Nabob, one of the leading sires in France during the preceding two decades. In the early part of its history the race's distance was 2,500 metres.

The Prix du Nabob was one of several events which were collectively known as the Poules des Produits. These were the key trials for the Prix du Jockey Club which were introduced by the Société d'Encouragement in the 19th century. The other events (listed by their modern titles) were the Prix Daru, the Prix Lupin, the Prix Hocquart and the Prix Greffulhe. With the exception of the Prix Lupin (the Grande Poule des Produits), each race had specific conditions of entry based on the nationality of a horse's sire or dam. The Prix du Nabob was restricted to horses whose dams' sires were born outside France. An entry was submitted before a horse's birth, in the year of its conception. A large number of paying entries enabled the event to be funded.

The race was given a new name, the Prix Noailles, in 1896. This was in memory of Alfred de Noailles (1823–1895), who played an important role in the development of the Société d'Encouragement, and in the negotiations concerning the creation of Longchamp Racecourse.

The Prix Noailles was abandoned throughout World War I, with no running from 1915 to 1919.

It was cancelled once during World War II, in 1940, and it was run over 2,400 metres in 1942. It merged with the Prix Daru in 1943, and the combined event was called the Prix Daru-Noailles. Both races usually took place at Longchamp, but the merged event was temporarily switched to Le Tremblay (1943) and Maisons-Laffitte (1944–45). The first running was over 2,400 metres, and it was reduced to 2,100 metres thereafter. The 1946 edition was held at Longchamp, and after this the Prix Daru and the Prix Noailles were restored as two separate races. In the post-war period the latter event was contested over 2,200 metres.

The European Pattern system for grading flat races was introduced in 1971, and the Prix Noailles was subsequently classed at Group 2 level. It was cut to 2,100 metres in 2005, in order to correspond with the newly-amended length of the Prix du Jockey Club. The last horse to win both events was Anabaa Blue in 2001.

Records

Leading jockey (6 wins):

  • Freddy HeadGoodly (1969), Dragoon (1970), Val de l'Orne (1975), Lydian (1981), Nerio (1988), Grand Plaisir (1992)

Leading trainer (8 wins):

  • André FabreJeu de Paille (1983), Cariellor (1984), Dancehall (1989), Fort Wood (1993), Walk on Mix (1995), Fragrant Mix (1997), Slickly (1999), Gentlewave (2006)

Leading owner (4 wins):

  • Marcel BoussacIrismond (1924), Pharis (1939), Giafar (1947), Faublas (1953)
  • Guy de RothschildDiatome (1965), Premier Violon (1966), Luthier (1968), Jeu de Paille (1983)

Winners since 1978

Year

Winner

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
1978 Gracias Jean-Claude Desaint John Cunnington, Jr. Mrs P. Ribes 2:36.00
1979 High Sierra Michel Jerome E. Chevalier du Fau Mrs E. W. Wetherill 2:22.20
1980 Julius Caesar Henri Samani Serge Boullenger R. W. Dilley 2:19.90
1981 Lydian Freddy Head Criquette Head Ecurie Aland 2:21.80
1982 Persepolis Lester Piggott François Boutin Stavros Niarchos 2:23.00
1983 Jeu de Paille Henri Samani André Fabre Guy de Rothschild 2:37.40
1984 Cariellor Alfred Gibert André Fabre Suzy Volterra 2:20.10
1985 Glaros Eric Legrix Patrick Biancone Richard K. Eamer 2:23.90
1986 Bering Gary W. Moore Criquette Head Ghislaine Head 2:44.00
1987 Sadjiyd Yves Saint-Martin Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:19.30
1988 Nerio Freddy Head Gérard Collet Ecurie du Ring 2:22.40
1989 Dancehall Cash Asmussen André Fabre Tomohiro Wada 2:22.50
1990 Intimiste Gérald Mossé François Boutin Marquis della Rocchetta 2:27.10
1991 Pistolet Bleu Dominique Boeuf Elie Lellouche Daniel Wildenstein 2:19.00
1992 Grand Plaisir Freddy Head J. C. Cunnington Taisuke Fujishima 2:28.40
1993 Fort Wood Walter Swinburn André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 2:31.50
1994 Gunboat Diplomacy Olivier Peslier Elie Lellouche Daniel Wildenstein 2:34.10
1995 Walk on Mix Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Jean-Luc Lagardère 2:18.70
1996 Helissio Dominique Boeuf Elie Lellouche Enrique Sarasola 2:14.50
1997 Fragrant Mix Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Jean-Luc Lagardère 2:16.50
1998 Special Quest Olivier Doleuze Criquette Head Wertheimer et Frère 2:29.10
1999 Slickly Olivier Peslier André Fabre Jean-Luc Lagardère 2:17.00
2000 Kutub Davy Bonilla Freddy Head Hamdan Al Maktoum 2:20.60
2001 Anabaa Blue Christophe Soumillon Carlos Lerner Charles Mimouni 2:35.90
2002 Ballingarry Jamie Spencer Aidan O'Brien Sue Magnier 2:17.30
2003 Super Celebre Dominique Boeuf Elie Lellouche Ecurie Wildenstein 2:19.90
2004 Voix du Nord Christophe Soumillon David Smaga Baron Thierry van Zuylen 2:17.47
2005 Ruwi Ioritz Mendizabal Jean-Claude Rouget Robert Bousquet 2:21.10
2006 Gentlewave Olivier Peslier André Fabre Gary A. Tanaka 2:11.00
2007 Soldier of Fortune Christophe Soumillon Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Smith / Tabor 2:07.40
2008 Full of Gold Thierry Gillet Criquette Head-Maarek Alec Head 2:22.50
2009 Grandcamp Christophe Lemaire Jean-Claude Rouget Daniel-Yves Trèves 2:10.77
2010 Planteur Anthony Crastus Elie Lellouche Ecurie Wildenstein 2:12.04

Earlier winners

  • 1878 – Clementine
  • 1879 – Zut
  • 1880 – Pacific
  • 1881 – Forum
  • 1882 – Cimier
  • 1883 – Vernet
  • 1884 – Pi Ouit
  • 1885 – Aida
  • 1886 – Verdiere
  • 1887 – Gournay
  • 1888 – Walter Scott
  • 1889 – Achille
  • 1890 – Alicante
  • 1891 – Primrose
  • 1892 – Saint Michel
  • 1893 – Chapeau Chinois
  • 1894 – Ravioli
  • 1895 – Cherbourg
  • 1896 – Riposte
  • 1897 – Flacon
  • 1898 – Le Guide
  • 1899 – Maurice
  • 1900 – Royal
  • 1901 – Tibere
  • 1902 – Glacier
  • 1903 – Quo Vadis
  • 1905 – Jardy
  • 1906 – Querido
  • 1907 – La Serqueuse
  • 1908 – Souvigny
  • 1909 – Aveu
  • 1910 – Aloes III
  • 1911 – Combourg
  • 1912 – Imperial
  • 1913 – Vulcain
  • 1914 – Durbar
  • 1915–19 – no race
  • 1920 – Pendennis
  • 1921 – Meisonnier
  • 1922 – Kibar
  • 1923 – Grand Guignol
  • 1924 – Irismond
  • 1925 – Red Hawk
  • 1926 – Biribi
  • 1927 – Fenimore Cooper
  • 1928 – Le Correge
  • 1929 – Dark Times
  • 1930 – Chateau Bouscaut
  • 1931 – Brasik
  • 1932 – Bosphore
  • 1933 – Bengal
  • 1934 – Zenodore
  • 1935 – Bouillon
  • 1936 – Fastnet
  • 1937 – Actor
  • 1938 – Anchois
  • 1940 – no race
  • 1941 – Nepenthe
  • 1942 – Arcot
  • 1943 – Norseman
  • 1944 – Prince Bio
  • 1945 – His Eminence
  • 1946 – Prince Chevalier
  • 1947 – Giafar
  • 1948 – Flush Royal
  • 1949 – Rancio
  • 1950 – Lacaduv
  • 1951 –
  • 1952 – Corindon
  • 1953 – Faublas
  • 1954 – Le Grand Bi
  • 1955 – Vimy
  • 1956 – Tanerko
  • 1957 – Weeping Willow
  • 1958 – Noelor
  • 1959 – Cousu d'Or
  • 1960 – Le Ventoux
  • 1963 – Calchaqui
  • 1964 – Le Fabuleux
  • 1966 – Premier Violon
  • 1967 – Roi Dagobert
  • 1969 – Goodly
  • 1970 – Dragoon
  • 1971 – Maryambre
  • 1972 – Sancy
  • 1973 – Eddystone
  • 1974 – D'Arras
  • 1975 – Val de l'Orne
  • 1976 – Twig Moss
  • 1977 – Catus

* The race was merged with the Prix Daru from 1943 to 1946.

See also

  • Recurring sporting events established in 1878 – the Prix Noailles is included under its original title, Prix du Nabob.

References




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