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Prix Vermeille

Group 1 race
Prix Vermeille
Location Longchamp Racecourse
Paris, France
Inaugurated 1897
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Qatar
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 2,400 metres (1½ miles)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Three-years-old and up
fillies & mares
Weight 54½ kg (3yo); 58 kg (4yo+)
Purse 300,000 (2009)
Distribution
1st: 57.14%, 2nd: 22.86%
3rd: 11.43%, 4th: 5.71%
5th: 2.86%

The Prix Vermeille is a Group 1 flat horse race in France which is open to thoroughbred fillies and mares aged three years or older. It is run at Longchamp over a distance of 2,400 metres (about 1½ miles), and it is scheduled to take place each year in September.

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History

The event was established in 1897, and it was originally restricted to three-year-old fillies only. It was named after Vermeille (initially called "Merveille"), a filly foaled in 1853. Although she did not have a particularly remarkable racing career, Vermeille later became a highly successful broodmare. By the time of this race's creation her descendants had achieved seven victories in the Grand Prix de Paris, seven in the Prix du Jockey Club and nine in the Prix de Diane.

The Prix Vermeille was abandoned throughout World War I, with no running from 1914 to 1918. There were two further cancellations during World War II, in 1939 and 1940. The event was temporarily switched to Le Tremblay in 1943 and 1944.

The race was opened to four-year-olds in 2004, and to older mares in 2006.

The Prix Vermeille is the final leg of the French Triple Crown for three-year-old fillies. It is preceded by the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches and the Prix de Diane. Six horses have won all three races, most recently Zarkava in 2008.

The race is held three weeks before the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, on the same day as two key trials for that event, the Prix Foy and the Prix Niel. The Prix Vermeille can also serve as an "Arc" trial – Zarkava was the fifth horse to win both contests in the same year.

Records

Leading jockey (7 wins):

  • Yves Saint-MartinGolden Girl (1963), Casaque Grise (1967), Saraca (1969), Allez France (1973), Paulista (1974), Sharaya (1983), Darara (1986)

Leading trainer (6 wins):

  • Alain de Royer-DupréSharaya (1983), Darara (1986), Daryaba (1999), Shawanda (2005), Mandesha (2006), Zarkava (2008)

Leading owner (7 wins):

  • Marcel BoussacDurban (1921), Merry Girl (1928), La Circe (1933), Corteira (1948), Janiari (1956), Arbencia (1957), Astola (1961, dead-heat)

Winners since 1969

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
1969 Saraca 3 Yves Saint-Martin François Mathet Arpad Plesch 2:38.8
1970 Highest Hopes 3 Joe Mercer Dick Hern Brook Holliday 2:29.2
1971 Pistol Packer 3 Freddy Head Alec Head Ghislaine Head 2:34.7

1972

Paysanne (DH) 3 Jean Deforge Geoffroy Watson Guy de Rothschild 2:35.6

1972

San San (DH) 3 Jean Cruguet Angel Penna, Sr. Countess Batthyany 2:35.6
1973 Allez France 3 Yves Saint-Martin Albert Klimscha Daniel Wildenstein 2:43.4
1974 Paulista 3 Yves Saint-Martin Angel Penna, Sr. Daniel Wildenstein 2:33.6
1975 Ivanjica 3 Gary W. Moore Alec Head Jacques Wertheimer 2:34.7
1976 Lagunette 3 Philippe Paquet François Boutin Marius Berghgracht 2:40.2
1977 Kamicia 3 Alain Badel Jean Laumain Mrs Henri Rabatel 2:30.5
1978 Dancing Maid 3 Freddy Head Alec Head Jacques Wertheimer 2:34.0
1979 Three Troikas 3 Freddy Head Criquette Head Ghislaine Head 2:30.3
1980 Mrs Penny 3 John Matthias Ian Balding Eric Kronfeld 2:34.9
1981 April Run 3 Philippe Paquet François Boutin Diana Firestone 2:32.9
1982 All Along 3 Greville Starkey Patrick Biancone Daniel Wildenstein 2:29.9
1983 Sharaya 3 Yves Saint-Martin Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:42.1
1984 Northern Trick 3 Cash Asmussen François Boutin Stavros Niarchos 2:40.9
1985 Walensee 3 Eric Legrix Patrick Biancone Daniel Wildenstein 2:32.7
1986 Darara 3 Yves Saint-Martin Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:38.7
1987 Bint Pasha 3 Pat Eddery Paul Cole Prince Fahd bin Salman 2:31.7
1988 Indian Rose 3 Tony Cruz Jean-Marie Béguigné Guy de Rothschild 2:28.8
1989 Young Mother 3 Alain Badel Jean-Marie Béguigné Jean-Marie Béguigné 2:33.1
1990 Salsabil 3 Willie Carson John Dunlop Hamdan Al Maktoum 2:29.6
1991 Magic Night 3 Alain Badel Philippe Demercastel Mrs P. Demercastel 2:27.8
1992 Jolypha 3 Pat Eddery André Fabre Khalid Abdullah 2:32.8
1993 Intrepidity 3 Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 2:36.8
1994 Sierra Madre 3 Gérald Mossé Pascal Bary Jean-Louis Bouchard 2:35.3
1995 Carling 3 Thierry Thulliez Corine Barande-Barbe Ecurie Delbart 2:32.8
1996 My Emma 3 Cash Asmussen Rae Guest Matthews Breeding 2:31.3
1997 Queen Maud 3 Olivier Peslier Jean de Roualle Gary A. Tanaka 2:28.2
1998 Leggera 3 Richard Quinn John Dunlop Hildegard Focke 2:41.4
1999 Daryaba 3 Gérald Mossé Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:30.6
2000 Volvoreta 3 Michael Kinane Carlos Lerner Maria-Soledad Vidal 2:26.3
2001 Aquarelliste 3 Dominique Boeuf Elie Lellouche Daniel Wildenstein 2:29.4
2002 Pearly Shells 3 Christophe Soumillon François Rohaut 6C Racing Ltd 2:26.0
2003 Mezzo Soprano 3 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 2:26.1
2004 Sweet Stream 4 Thierry Gillet John Hammond Team Valor 2:29.5
2005 Shawanda 3 Christophe Soumillon Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:32.0
2006 Mandesha 3 Christophe Soumillon Alain de Royer-Dupré Princess Zahra Aga Khan 2:29.2
2007 Mrs Lindsay 3 Johnny Murtagh François Rohaut Bettina Jenney 2:27.0
2008 Zarkava 3 Christophe Soumillon Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:26.0
2009 Stacelita [1] 3 Christophe Lemaire Jean-Claude Rouget Schwartz / Monastic 2:29.1

1 Dar Re Mi finished first in 2009, but she was relegated to fifth place following a Stewards' Inquiry.

Earlier winners

  • 1897 - Ortie Blanche
  • 1899 - Sesara
  • 1900 - Semendria
  • 1901 - La Camargo
  • 1902 - Ophelia
  • 1903 - Mater
  • 1904 - Profane
  • 1905 - Brienne
  • 1906 - Bethsaida
  • 1907 - Claudia
  • 1908 - Medeah
  • 1909 - Ronde de Nuit
  • 1910 - Basse Pointe
  • 1911 - Tripolette
  • 1912 - Reveuse
  • 1913 - Moia
  • 1914–18 - no race
  • 1919 - Stearine
  • 1920 - Meddlesome Maid
  • 1921 - Durban
  • 1922 - Sainte Ursule
  • 1923 - Quoi
  • 1924 - Isola Bella
  • 1925 - La Habanera
  • 1926 - Dorina
  • 1927 - Samphire
  • 1928 - Merry Girl
  • 1929 - Calandria
  • 1930 - Commanderie
  • 1932 - Kiddie
  • 1933 - La Circe
  • 1934 - Mary Tudor
  • 1935 - Crisa
  • 1936 - Mistress Ford
  • 1937 - Tonnelle
  • 1938 - Ma Normandie
  • 1939–40 - no race
  • 1941 - Longthanh
  • 1942 - Vigilance
  • 1943 - Folle Nuit
  • 1944 - La Belle du Canet
  • 1945 - Nikellora
  • 1946 - Pirette
  • 1947 - Procureuse
  • 1948 - Corteira
  • 1949 - Bagheera
  • 1950 - Kilette
  • 1951 - Orberose
  • 1952 - La Mirambule
  • 1953 - Radio
  • 1954 - Philante
  • 1955 - Wild Miss
  • 1956 - Janiari
  • 1957 - Arbencia
  • 1959 - Mi Carina
  • 1960 - Lezghinka
  • 1961 - Anne la Douce / Astola *
  • 1962 - Monade
  • 1963 - Golden Girl
  • 1964 - Astaria
  • 1965 - Aunt Edith
  • 1966 - Haltilala
  • 1967 - Casaque Grise
  • 1968 - Roseliere

* The 1961 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners.

References


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

See also



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