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Prix Thomas Bryon

Group 3 race
Prix Thomas Bryon
Location Saint-Cloud Racecourse
Saint-Cloud, France
Inaugurated 1924
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 1,600 metres (1 mile)
Track Turf, left-handed
Qualification Two-year-olds
excluding Group 1 winners
Weight 56 kg
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies
Penalties
2½ kg for Group 2 winners
2½ kg if two Group 3 wins
1½ kg if one Group 3 win
Purse 80,000 (2009)
Distribution
1st: 50%, 2nd: 20%, 3rd: 15%
4th: 10%, 5th: 5%

The Prix Thomas Bryon is a Group 3 flat horse race in France which is open to two-year-old thoroughbreds. It is run at Saint-Cloud over a distance of 1,600 metres (about 1 mile), and it is scheduled to take place each year in October.

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History

The event is named in honour of Thomas Bryon, an Englishman who helped to establish thoroughbred racing in France in the 19th century. Bryon was the secretary at the founding meeting of the Société d'Encouragement, which later became the sport's main governing body. He published the first volume of the Calendrier des Courses de Chevaux (the French Racing Calendar) in 1834.

The Prix Thomas Bryon was introduced in 1924, and it was initially contested over 1,600 metres. It was cut to 1,500 metres in 1927. It was abandoned throughout World War II, with no running from 1939 to 1945. The race was temporarily switched to Longchamp in 1954, where it reverted to 1,600 metres. It began a second period over 1,500 metres in 1958, and it was restored to 1,600 metres in 1991.

The Prix Thomas Bryon is currently scheduled for the first half of October, but before 2001 it was often staged in late October or November.

Records

Leading jockey (4 wins):

  • Roger Poincelet – Iror (1947), Fort Napoleon (1949), Atrax (1959), Blaze of Glory (1961)
  • Yves Saint-MartinSweet Girl (1960), Paolina (1963), First Bloom (1971), Melyno (1981)

Leading trainer (7 wins):

  • François Mathet – Apostol (1956), Regent (1958), Sweet Girl (1960), Paolina (1963), General (1976), Kenmare (1977), Melyno (1981)

Leading owner (4 wins):

  • François DupréApostol (1956), Regent (1958), Sweet Girl (1960), Paolina (1963)

Winners since 1978

Year

Winner

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
1978 Bellypha Jackie Taillard Alec Head Jacques Wertheimer
1979 Nureyev Philippe Paquet François Boutin Stavros Niarchos 1:40.4
1980 Big John Georges Doleuze E. Chevalier du Fau John Michael
1981 Melyno Yves Saint-Martin François Mathet Stavros Niarchos
1982 Bal des Fees Alfred Gibert Noël Pelat Hubert de Chaudenay
1983 Polly's Ark Cash Asmussen François Boutin Jean-Luc Lagardère
1984 Petit Bonhomme Henri Samani Freddie Palmer Gérard de Waldner
1985 Secret Form Alain Badel Pascal Bary Peter Goulandris
1986 Glory Forever Jorge Velásquez Steve Norton Ahmed bin Salman
1987 Raise a Memory Tony Cruz Patrick Biancone Alan Clore
1988 Silicon Lady Guy Guignard Jonathan Pease John Goelet 1:37.1
1989 Septieme Ciel Guy Guignard Criquette Head John T. L. Jones, Jr. 1:34.6
1990 Exit to Nowhere Freddy Head François Boutin Stavros Niarchos 1:34.2
1991 Code Breaker Eric Legrix Pascal Bary Ecurie I. M. Farès 1:46.1
1992 Mil Foil Mathieu Boutin Jonathan Pease Henry C. Seymour 1:48.7
1993 Fadeyev Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:47.9
1994 Housamix Sylvain Guillot André Fabre Jean-Luc Lagardère 1:46.1
1995 Ashkalani Gérald Mossé Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 1:42.3
1996 Varxi Dominique Boeuf David Smaga Baron Thierry van Zuylen 1:53.8
1997 Gold Away Olivier Peslier Criquette Head Wertheimer et Frère 1:49.4
1998 Pinakaral Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Jean-Luc Lagardère 1:54.4
1999 Hightori Gérald Mossé Philippe Demercastel Ecurie Bader 1:49.8
2000 Chichicastenango Alain Junk Philippe Demercastel Béatrice Brunet 1:53.4
2001 Act One Thierry Gillet Jonathan Pease Gerald Leigh 1:46.0
2002 Songlark Christophe Soumillon André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 1:47.0
2003 Apsis Richard Hughes André Fabre Khalid Abdullah 1:44.0
2004 Vatori Stéphane Pasquier Philippe Demercastel Ecurie Bader 1:43.2
2005 Set Alight Christophe Lemaire Criquette Head-Maarek Khalid Abdullah 1:41.7
2006 Makaan Davy Bonilla Freddy Head Hamdan Al Maktoum 1:41.5
2007 Thewayyouare Stéphane Pasquier André Fabre Sean Mulryan 1:44.9
2008 Silver Frost Olivier Peslier Yves de Nicolay John D. Cotton 1:41.7
2009 Circumvent Ioritz Mendizabal Paul Cole Fairy Story Partnership 1:45.1

Earlier winners

  • 1924 - Frisette
  • 1925 - Nino
  • 1926 - Farnese / Pescaro *
  • 1927 - Costette
  • 1928 - Meeting
  • 1929 - Potiphar
  • 1930 - Mydas
  • 1931 - Formosan / Pure Folie *
  • 1932 - Bipearl
  • 1933 - Mas d'Antibes
  • 1934 - Sanglot
  • 1935 - Fastnet
  • 1936 - Solace
  • 1937 - La Sultane
  • 1938 - Blue Moon
  • 1939–45 - no race
  • 1946 -
  • 1947 - Iror
  • 1948 - Tulette
  • 1949 - Fort Napoleon
  • 1950 - Mat de Cocagne
  • 1951 - La Mirambule
  • 1952 - For Chemist
  • 1953 -
  • 1954 -
  • 1955 - Cernobbio
  • 1956 - Apostol
  • 1957 - La Malivoye
  • 1958 - Regent
  • 1959 - Atrax
  • 1960 - Sweet Girl
  • 1961 - Blaze of Glory
  • 1962 - Chesa
  • 1963 - Paolina
  • 1964 - Faristan
  • 1965 - Fermina
  • 1966 - Farabi
  • 1967 - Lady Millie
  • 1968 - Beaugency
  • 1969 - Army Court
  • 1970 -
  • 1971 - First Bloom
  • 1972 - Targowice
  • 1974 - Dealer's Ace
  • 1975 - Arctic Tern
  • 1976 - General
  • 1977 - Kenmare

* The 1926 and 1931 races were dead-heats and have joint winners.

References


  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Prix Thomas Bryon (2009).

See also



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