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Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp

Group 1 race
Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp
Location Longchamp Racecourse
Paris, France
Inaugurated 1957
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Qatar
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 1,000 metres (5f)
Track Turf, straight
Qualification Two-years-old and up
Weight 54 kg (2yo); 62 kg (3yo+)
1½ kg for fillies and mares
Purse 250,000 (2009)
1st: 57.14%, 2nd: 22.86%
3rd: 11.43%, 4th: 5.71%
5th: 2.86%

The Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp is a Group 1 flat horse race in France which is open to thoroughbreds aged two years or older. It is run at Longchamp over a distance of 1,000 metres (about 5 furlongs), and it is scheduled to take place each year in early October.



The Prix de l'Abbaye was one of two major new races which were introduced in 1957 to celebrate the centenary of Longchamp Racecourse. Both of these initially took place on the first Sunday in October, the same day as the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. The Prix de l'Abbaye still takes place at this meeting, but the other race, the Prix du Moulin, is now contested in early September.

The race is named after the Abbaye de Longchamp, an abbey which was once located on the plaine des Longchamps, at the northern edge of what is now the racecourse. This was founded in the 13th century by Isabel of France, the sister of King Saint Louis. The abbey was destroyed during the French Revolution, and there is now a country house on part of its site known as the Château de Longchamp.

When the present system of race grading was introduced in 1971, the Prix de l'Abbaye was initially classed at Group 2 level. It was promoted to its current status, Group 1, in 1976. The fastest winning time — 54.3 seconds — was achieved by Habibti in 1983. This equates to an average speed of . The race originally excluded geldings, but this restriction was lifted in 2001.

The Prix de l'Abbaye became part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series in 2009. The winner of the race now earns an automatic invitation to compete in the same year's Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint. [1]


Leading jockey (5 wins):

  • Yves Saint-MartinFortino (1962), Texanita (1963), Silver Shark (1965), Farhana (1966), Lianga (1975)

Leading trainer (8 wins):

  • François Mathet – Texana (1957), Edellic (1958), Fortino (1962), Texanita (1963, 1964), Silver Shark (1965), Farhana (1966), Moubariz (1974)

Leading owner (4 wins):

  • Robert SangsterCommitted (1984), Double Schwartz (1986), Handsome Sailor (1988), Carmine Lake (1997)

Winners since 1972







1972 Deep Diver 3 Bill Williamson Paul Davey David Robinson 0:57.0
1973 Sandford Lad 3 Tony Murray Ryan Price C. T. Olley 0:59.2
1974 Moubariz 3 Henri Samani François Mathet HH Aga Khan IV 0:59.7
1975 Lianga 4 Yves Saint-Martin Angel Penna, Sr. Daniel Wildenstein 0:59.2


Gentilhombre (DH) 3 T. McKeown Neil Adam J. Murrell 1:00.3


Mendip Man (DH) 4 Alfred Gibert Aage Paus Mrs J. Davis 1:00.3
1977 Gentilhombre 4 Paul Cook Neil Adam J. Murrell 0:58.0
1978 Sigy 2 Freddy Head Criquette Head Ghislaine Head 0:59.0
1979 Double Form 4 John Reid F. Johnson Houghton Baroness H. Thyssen 0:56.7
1980 Moorestyle 3 Lester Piggott Robert Armstrong Moores Furnishings Ltd 0:56.3
1981 Marwell 3 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute Edmund Loder 0:59.7
1982 Sharpo 5 Pat Eddery Jeremy Tree Monica Sheriffe 1:01.2
1983 Habibti 3 Willie Carson John Dunlop Mohamed Mutawa 0:54.3
1984 Committed 4 Steve Cauthen Dermot Weld Robert Sangster 0:59.8
1985 Committed 5 Michael Kinane Dermot Weld Allen E. Paulson 0:55.2
1986 Double Schwartz 5 Pat Eddery Charlie Nelson Robert Sangster 0:56.8
1987 Polonia 3 Christy Roche Jim Bolger Henryk de Kwiatkowski 0:56.7
1988 Handsome Sailor 5 Michael Hills Barry Hills Robert Sangster 0:57.0
1989 Silver Fling 4 John Matthias Ian Balding George Strawbridge 0:59.9
1990 Dayjur 3 Willie Carson Dick Hern Hamdan Al Maktoum 0:58.7
1991 Keen Hunter 4 Steve Cauthen John Gosden Sheikh Mohammed 0:59.4
1992 Mr Brooks 5 Lester Piggott Richard Hannon Paul Green 1:02.3
1993 Lochsong 5 Frankie Dettori Ian Balding Jeff Smith 0:59.7
1994 Lochsong 6 Frankie Dettori Ian Balding Jeff Smith 0:57.2
1995 Hever Golf Rose 4 Jason Weaver Joe Naughton Michael Hanson 0:57.7
1996 Kistena 3 Olivier Doleuze Criquette Head Wertheimer et Frère 0:59.3
1997 Carmine Lake 3 John Reid Peter Chapple-Hyam Robert Sangster 0:56.9
1998 My Best Valentine 8 Ray Cochrane Vic Soane The Valentines 0:58.9
1999 Agnes World 4 Yutaka Take Hideyuki Mori Takao Watanabe 1:01.4
2000 Namid 4 Johnny Murtagh John Oxx Lady Clague 0:55.1
2001 Imperial Beauty 5 Yutaka Take John Hammond Magnier / Tabor 1:00.3
2002 Continent 5 Darryll Holland David Nicholls Lucayan Stud 0:57.2
2003 Patavellian 5 Steve Drowne Roger Charlton Daniel J. Deer 0:59.3
2004 Var 5 Frankie Dettori Clive Brittain Mohammed Rashid 0:55.0
2005 Avonbridge 5 Steve Drowne Roger Charlton Daniel J. Deer 0:56.9
2006 Desert Lord 6 Jamie Spencer Kevin Ryan Bull & Bell Partnership 0:54.8
2007 Benbaun 6 Pat Smullen Mark Wallace Ransley / Birks / Hillen 0:56.7
2008 Marchand d'Or [1] 5 Davy Bonilla Freddy Head Carla Giral 0:54.4
2009 Total Gallery 3 Johnny Murtagh Stan Moore Coleman Bloodstock Ltd 0:55.1

1 The scheduled running in 2008 had a false start and was declared void. Stall number 17, the starting berth of Fleeting Spirit, failed to open. A signal was raised for the jockeys of other horses to stop racing but most did not initially respond, and some continued to race to the finish. The first to the line was Overdose, whose unofficial time of 54.0s, assisted by a strong following wind, would have set a new record in the race. A re-run was arranged, but three of the original participants, including Overdose, were withdrawn. The rescheduled running took place at the end of the day's racing, about 4½ hours after the void race.

Earlier winners

  • 1957 - Texana
  • 1958 - Edellic
  • 1959 - Sly Pola
  • 1960 - High Bulk
  • 1961 - L'Epinay
  • 1962 - Fortino
  • 1963 - Texanita
  • 1964 - Texanita
  • 1965 - Silver Shark
  • 1966 - Farhana
  • 1967 - Pentathlon
  • 1968 - Be Friendly
  • 1969 - Tower Walk
  • 1970 - Balidar
  • 1971 - Sweet Revenge


  1. "Breeders' Cup Challenge". breederscup.com. http://www.breederscup.com/challenge.aspx. Retrieved 2009-10-04. 

  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Prix de l'Abbaye (2009).

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