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Prix Vicomtesse Vigier

Group 2 race
Prix Vicomtesse Vigier
Location Longchamp Racecourse
Paris, France
Inaugurated 1859
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 3,100 metres (1m 7½f)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Four-years-old and up
Weight 56 kg
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies and mares
Penalties
2 kg for Group 1 winners *
1 kg for Group 2 winners *
* since January 1 last year
Purse 130,000 (2009)
Distribution
1st: 57%, 2nd: 22%
3rd: 10.5%, 4th: 7%
5th: 3.5%

The Prix Vicomtesse Vigier 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 3,100 metres (about 1 mile and 7½ furlongs), and it is scheduled to take place each year in May.

Contents

History

The event was established in 1859, and it was originally the second leg of a pair of races which were both called the Prix Biennal. The first, for three-year-olds only, had been created in 1858. The version for older horses was initially contested over 3,200 metres. It was cancelled in 1871 because of the Franco-Prussian War, and its distance was cut to 3,000 metres in 1897. The race was abandoned throughout World War I, with no running from 1915 to 1918.

Both legs of the Prix Biennal were given a new title, the Prix Jean Prat, in 1940. This was in memory of Jean Prat (1847–1940), a successful racehorse owner and breeder, who was a member of a former governing body of French racing, the Société d'Encouragement. During World War II, from 1943 to 1945, the version for older horses was temporarily switched to an alternative venue, Maisons-Laffitte. The first running at this track was contested over 3,100 metres, but thereafter it continued over its regular distance, 3,000 metres. The event returned to Longchamp in 1946, and its length was extended to 3,100 metres in 1955.

The race was given its present name, the Prix Vicomtesse Vigier, in 1985. This was in honour of Vicomtesse Vigier, Madeleine Double de Saint-Lambert (1869–1970), the niece of Jean Prat, who inherited her uncle's stable upon his death. The race for three-year-olds retained the title Prix Jean Prat, and it continues to be known by this name.

The Prix Vicomtesse Vigier formerly served as a trial for the Prix du Cadran, which used to be staged several weeks afterwards. But since 1991, when the latter event was moved to October, it has been the leading long-distance race in France during the first half of the season.

Records

Leading jockey (6 wins):

  • Yves Saint-MartinCirio (1963), Danseur (1967), Zamazaan (1969), Paseo (1970), Recupere (1974), Buckskin (1977)
  • Freddy HeadHallez (1971), Midshipman (1978), Campero (1979), Gold River (1981), Starski (1982), Dadarissime (1993)

Leading trainer (6 wins):

  • Henry Jennings – Tippler (1859), Light (1860), Fumee (1866), Cerdagne (1870), Revigny (1873), Mourle (1879)

Leading owner (5 wins):

  • Henri Delamarre – Pauvre Here (1861), Angus (1862), Clotaire (1872), Boiard (1874), Clio (1883)
  • Marcel BoussacMarsyas (1944, 1945), Arbar (1948), Marveil (1950), Scratch (1951)

Winners since 1979

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
1979 Campero 6 Freddy Head Maurice Zilber J. Moreno 3:16.80
1980 Hard to Sing 4 Georges Doleuze Charlie Milbank N. Lathom-Sharp 3:24.90
1981 Gold River 4 Freddy Head Alec Head Jacques Wertheimer 3:39.90
1982 Starski 4 Freddy Head Alain de Royer-Dupré Marquesa de Moratalla 3:28.40
1983 Kelbomec 7 Jean-Claude Desaint J. C. Cunnington Mrs Jacques Barker 3:37.30
1984 Magwal 5 Alfred Gibert André Fabre Mahmoud Fustok 3:17.20
1985 Balitou 6 Eric Legrix Patrick Biancone Daniel Wildenstein 3:32.20
1986 Air de Cour 4 Eric Legrix Patrick Biancone Daniel Wildenstein 3:42.20
1987 Tale Quale 5 Tony Cruz Patrick Biancone Daniel Wildenstein 3:25.70
1988 Royal Gait 5 Alfred Gibert John Fellows Manuel Pereira-Arias 3:28.00
1989 Rachmaninov 4 Cash Asmussen Elie Lellouche Jean-Claude Abecassis 3:37.30
1990 Turgeon 4 Tony Cruz Jonathan Pease George Strawbridge 3:26.30
1991 Turgeon 5 Cash Asmussen Jonathan Pease George Strawbridge 3:20.00
1992 Commendable 4 Pat Eddery Henri-Alex Pantall Khalid Abdullah 3:23.80
1993 Dadarissime 4 Freddy Head Georges Bridgland Sir James Goldsmith 3:20.80
1994 Molesnes 4 Olivier Peslier Marcel Rolland Michel Perret 3:27.90
1995 The Little Thief 4 Alain Junk Eric Danel George Ohrstrom 3:29.70
1996 Double Eclipse 4 Jason Weaver Mark Johnston Middleham Partnership 3:28.20
1997 Stretarez 4 Frédéric Sanchez Dominique Sépulchre Jean-Luc Lagardère 3:28.80
1998 Tajoun 4 Gérald Mossé Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 3:18.50
1999 Kayf Tara 5 Sylvain Guillot Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 3:22.90
2000 Amilynx 4 Olivier Peslier André Fabre Jean-Luc Lagardère 3:27.20
2001 Speedmaster 4 Dominique Boeuf François Doumen Horst Rapp 3:19.30
2002 Wareed 4 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 3:15.80
2003 Cut Quartz 6 Thierry Jarnet Richard Gibson Mrs A. G. Kavanagh 3:32.70
2004 Forestier 4 Christophe Lemaire Eric Danel Mrs René J. Wattinne 3:29.90
2005 Westerner 6 Olivier Peslier Elie Lellouche Ecurie Wildenstein 3:15.80
2006 Shamdala 4 Christophe Soumillon Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 3:22.50
2007 Lord du Sud 6 Christophe Lemaire Jean-Claude Rouget Béatrice Hermelin 3:33.60
2008 Coastal Path 4 Stéphane Pasquier André Fabre Khalid Abdullah 3:18.60
2009 Americain 4 Olivier Peslier André Fabre Wertheimer et Frère 3:28.78
2010 Kite Wood 4 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 3:20.00

Earlier winners

  • 1859 - Tippler
  • 1860 - Light
  • 1861 - Pauvre Here
  • 1862 - Angus
  • 1863 - Grande Puissance
  • 1864 - Guillaume le Taciturne
  • 1865 - Fille de l'Air
  • 1866 - Fumee
  • 1867 - Fleurette
  • 1868 - Nemea
  • 1869 - Mortemer
  • 1870 - Cerdagne
  • 1871 - no race
  • 1872 - Clotaire
  • 1873 - Revigny
  • 1874 - Boiard
  • 1875 - Bieville
  • 1876 - Solo
  • 1877 - Mondaine
  • 1878 - Jongleur
  • 1879 - Mourle
  • 1880 - Vignemale
  • 1881 - Beauminet / Le Destrier *
  • 1882 - Forum
  • 1883 - Clio
  • 1884 - Satory
  • 1885 - Archiduc
  • 1886 - Lapin
  • 1887 - Alger
  • 1888 - Brisolier
  • 1889 - Galaor
  • 1890 - Pourtant
  • 1891 - Alicante
  • 1892 - Gouverneur
  • 1893 - Perdican
  • 1894 - Lagrange
  • 1895 - Canigou
  • 1896 - Quelus
  • 1897 -
  • 1898 -
  • 1899 - Riverain
  • 1900 - Germain
  • 1901 - Codoman
  • 1902 -
  • 1903 -
  • 1904 -
  • 1905 - Gouvernant
  • 1906 - Genial
  • 1907 - Querido
  • 1908 - Elysee
  • 1909 -
  • 1911 - Sablonnet
  • 1912 - Joyeux
  • 1913 - Predicateur
  • 1915–18 - no race
  • 1919 - Gave
  • 1920 -
  • 1921 - Odol
  • 1922 - Harpocrate
  • 1923 -
  • 1924 - Massine
  • 1925 - Cadum
  • 1926 - Tomy
  • 1927 - Bois Josselyn
  • 1928 - Sachet
  • 1929 - Kantar
  • 1930 - Cabire
  • 1931 - Amfortas
  • 1932 - Dark Agnes
  • 1933 -
  • 1934 - Casterari
  • 1935 - Admiral Drake
  • 1936 - Quorn
  • 1937 - Fantastic
  • 1938 - Malkowicze
  • 1939 - Messines
  • 1940 - Birikil
  • 1941 - Maurepas
  • 1942 -
  • 1943 - Tornado
  • 1946 - Chanteur
  • 1947 -
  • 1948 - Arbar
  • 1949 - Espace Vital
  • 1950 - Marveil
  • 1951 - Scratch
  • 1952 - Mat de Cocagne
  • 1953 - Feu du Diable
  • 1954 - Savoyard
  • 1956 - Polar
  • 1957 - Oroso
  • 1958 - Vacarme
  • 1959 - Wallaby
  • 1960 - Bel Baraka
  • 1961 - Puissant Chef
  • 1962 -
  • 1963 - Cirio
  • 1964 - Celadon
  • 1965 - White Label
  • 1966 - Alyscamps
  • 1967 - Danseur
  • 1968 - Pardallo
  • 1970 - Paseo
  • 1971 - Hallez
  • 1972 - Parnell
  • 1973 - Parnell
  • 1974 - Recupere
  • 1975 - Le Bavard
  • 1976 - Citoyen
  • 1977 - Buckskin
  • 1978 - Midshipman

* The 1881 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners.

References


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

See also

  • Recurring events established in 1859 – the Prix Vicomtesse Vigier is included under its original title, Prix Biennal.



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