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Prix Robert Papin

Group 2 race
Prix Robert Papin
Location Maisons-Laffitte
France
Inaugurated 1892
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 1,100 metres (5½f)
Track Turf, straight
Qualification Two-year-olds
excluding geldings
Weight 58 kg
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies
Purse 130,000 (2009)
Distribution
1st: 57%, 2nd: 22%
3rd: 10.5%, 4th: 7%
5th: 3.5%

The Prix Robert Papin is a Group 2 flat horse race in France which is open to two-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies. It is run at Maisons-Laffitte over a distance of 1,100 metres (about 5½ furlongs), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late July.

Contents

History

The event was established in 1892, and it was originally called the Omnium de Deux Ans. Its distance was initially set at 1,100 metres, and this was extended to 1,200 metres in 1903. From its launch until 1906 it was held on the first Sunday in August. During this period it usually attracted a large field – two-year-olds could not be raced in France before August 1. It reverted to 1,100 metres in 1907, and from this point juveniles could race earlier in the year. With prize money of 50,000 francs in 1911, the Omnium de Deux Ans was France's richest race for two-year-olds. It remained so until 1914, ahead of both the Prix Morny and the Grand Critérium. It was not run from 1915 to 1918 due to World War I.

The race was given its present title, the Prix Robert Papin, in 1928. This was in memory of Robert Papin (1848–1926), a founding member and later the president of the Société Sportive d'Encouragement. As a writer for horse racing magazines he used the name Robert de Lizy, and he was also known by this name when he became a racehorse owner. The distance of the Prix Robert Papin was increased to 1,200 metres in 1929.

The event was transferred away from Maisons-Laffitte twice during World War II. The 1940 running was contested at Auteuil over 1,400 metres, and it took place in late October. The race's regular length was cut to 1,100 metres in 1942, and two years later it was run at Longchamp over 1,000 metres. Its usual distance returned to 1,200 metres in 1946, and this was shortened back to 1,100 metres in 1963.

When the current system of race grading was introduced in 1971, the Prix Robert Papin was classed at the highest level, Group 1. The only post-war departure from Maisons-Laffitte came in 1977, when it was held at Evry. The race was relegated to Group 2 status in 1988.

Records

Leading jockey (7 wins):

  • Roger Poincelet – Chesterfield (1946), Coronation (1948), Emperor (1949), Fiere (1955), Neptune (1957), Sly Pola (1959), High Bulk (1960)

Leading trainer (9 wins):

  • Charles Semblat – Ardan (1943), Nirgal (1945), Coronation (1948), Emperor (1949), Pharsale (1950), Auriban (1951), Pharel (1952), Cordova (1953), Fiere (1955)

Leading owner (8 wins):

  • Marcel BoussacArdan (1943), Nirgal (1945), Coronation (1948), Emperor (1949), Pharsale (1950), Auriban (1951), Pharel (1952), Cordova (1953)

Winners since 1979

Year

Winner

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
1979 Choucri Alain Lequeux Maurice Zilber Naji Nahas 1:05.7
1980 Irish Playboy Alain Lequeux Olivier Douieb Sir Gordon White 1:05.4
1981 Maelstrom Lake Georges Doleuze E. Bartholomew Jacques Feuillard 1:05.6
1982 Ma Biche Freddy Head Criquette Head Ghislaine Head 1:05.3
1983 Masarika Yves Saint-Martin Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 1:05.3
1984 Seven Springs Gary W. Moore John Fellows Robin Scully 1:06.3
1985 Baiser Vole Freddy Head Criquette Head Robert Sangster 1:05.5
1986 Balbonella Yves Saint-Martin François Rohaut Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:05.8
1987 Balawaki Gary W. Moore Criquette Head Ghislaine Head 1:07.7
1988 Philippi Alfred Gibert J. C. Cunnington Countess Batthyany 1:05.2
1989 Ozone Friendly Pat Eddery Barry Hills Bill Gredley 1:06.3
1990 Danseuse du Soir Dominique Boeuf Elie Lellouche Daniel Wildenstein 1:07.4
1991 Arazi Gérald Mossé François Boutin Allen E. Paulson 1:05.5
1992 Didyme Gérald Mossé Criquette Head Jacques Wertheimer 1:04.5
1993 Psychobabble Cash Asmussen Criquette Head Stavros Niarchos 1:06.8
1994 General Monash Brent Thomson Peter Chapple-Hyam Robert Sangster 1:06.4
1995 Lucky Lionel John Reid Richard Hannon Antonio Balzarini 1:06.1
1996 Ocean Ridge Thierry Jarnet Peter Chapple-Hyam Robert Sangster 1:05.9
1997 Greenlander Sylvain Guillot Clive Brittain Marwan Al Maktoum 1:04.9
1998 Black Amber Cash Asmussen Neville Callaghan Tabor / Magnier 1:05.9
1999 Rossini Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Magnier 1:07.2
2000 Rolly Polly Mirco Demuro Bruno Grizzetti Mack Ferrer 1:04.2
2001 Zipping Davy Bonilla Robert Collet Richard C. Strauss 1:05.3
2002 Never a Doubt Michael Hills Barry Hills D. M. James 1:05.6
2003 Much Faster Thierry Thulliez Pascal Bary Ecurie J. L. Bouchard 1:07.3
2004 Divine Proportions Christophe Lemaire Pascal Bary Niarchos Family 1:04.8
2005 New Girlfriend Christophe Soumillon Robert Collet Richard C. Strauss 1:04.0
2006 Boccassini Davy Bonilla Miroslav Rulec Stall Nik 1:04.5
2007 Natagora Christophe Lemaire Pascal Bary Stefan Friborg 1:03.2
2008 Lui Rei Dario Vargiu Armando Renzoni Scuderia Siba 1:06.1
2009 Special Duty Stéphane Pasquier Criquette Head-Maarek Khalid Abdullah 1:04.4

Earlier winners

  • 1892 - Commandeur
  • 1893 -
  • 1894 - Sweet William
  • 1895 - Nacelle
  • 1896 - Vidame
  • 1897 - Cazabat
  • 1898 -
  • 1899 - Clairette
  • 1900 -
  • 1901 - Ophelia
  • 1902 - Perm
  • 1903 - Djephte
  • 1904 -
  • 1905 - Prestige
  • 1906 - Ascalon
  • 1907 - Sauge Pourpree
  • 1908 - Fils du Vent
  • 1909 - Marsa
  • 1910 - Lord Burgoyne
  • 1911 - Montrose
  • 1912 - Gloster
  • 1913 - Mousse de Mer
  • 1914 - Clairet
  • 1915–18 - no race
  • 1919 - Marron
  • 1920 - Guerriere
  • 1921 - Zenoia
  • 1922 - Pavillon
  • 1923 - Le Gros Morne
  • 1924 - Canalette
  • 1925 - Deauville
  • 1926 - Green Flor
  • 1927 - Erica
  • 1928 - Necklace
  • 1929 - Chateau Bouscaut
  • 1931 - Coeur de Lion
  • 1932 - Coque de Noix
  • 1934 - Stratosphere
  • 1935 - Mistress Ford
  • 1936 - Minaudiere
  • 1937 - Gossip
  • 1938 - Bulle de Savon
  • 1939 -
  • 1940 - Longthanh
  • 1941 - Mirko
  • 1942 - Norseman
  • 1944 - Otero
  • 1945 - Nirgal
  • 1946 - Chesterfield
  • 1947 - Primeur
  • 1948 - Coronation
  • 1949 - Emperor
  • 1950 - Pharsale
  • 1951 - Auriban
  • 1952 - Pharel
  • 1953 - Cordova
  • 1954 - Soya
  • 1955 - Fiere
  • 1956 - L'Astrologue
  • 1957 - Neptune
  • 1958 - Taboun
  • 1959 - Sly Pola
  • 1960 - High Bulk
  • 1961 - Wakamba
  • 1962 - Quiqui
  • 1963 - Djel
  • 1964 - Double Jump
  • 1965 - Kashmir II
  • 1966 - Fin Bon
  • 1967 - Zeddaan
  • 1968 - Folle Rousse
  • 1969 - Amber Rama
  • 1970 - My Swallow
  • 1971 - Sun Prince
  • 1972 - Reine du Chant
  • 1973 - Lianga
  • 1974 - Sky Commander
  • 1975 - Vitiges
  • 1977 - Vific
  • 1978 - Pitasia


References


  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Prix Robert Papin (2009).

See also

  • Recurring events established in 1892 – this race is included under its original title, Omnium de Deux Ans.



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