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Prix de la Forêt

Group 1 race
Prix de la Forêt
Location Longchamp Racecourse
Paris, France
Inaugurated 1858
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Total
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 1,400 metres (7f)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight 57 kg (3yo); 58 kg (4yo+)
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies and mares
Purse 250,000 (2009)
Distribution
1st: 57.14%, 2nd: 22.86%
3rd: 11.43%, 4th: 5.71%
5th: 2.86%

The Prix de la Forêt is a Group 1 flat horse race in France which is open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at Longchamp over a distance of 1,400 metres (about 7 furlongs), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late September or early October.

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History

The race was established in 1858, and it was originally held at Chantilly. It was named after the Forêt de Chantilly, a 6,000 hectare forest which is situated alongside the racecourse. The event was initially run over 2,100 metres, and it was contested by colts and fillies aged two or three. It took place in late October.

The Prix de la Forêt was cancelled in 1870 because of the Franco-Prussian War. There were two changes to the race in 1878 – its distance was cut to 1,600 metres, and it was opened to all horses, excluding geldings, aged two or older. It was cancelled again in 1906, and it was transferred to its present home, Longchamp, in 1907.

The event was abandoned throughout World War I, with no running from 1914 to 1918. Its current distance, 1,400 metres, was introduced in 1923. It was cancelled only once during World War II, in 1939. It was temporarily switched to Auteuil in 1940, and to Le Tremblay in 1943 and 1944.

The conditions of the Prix de la Forêt have been modified twice since the mid 1990s. Firstly, in 1995, it was closed to two-year-olds, and secondly, in 2001, it was opened to geldings. It was moved to its present calendar position, the Saturday of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe weekend, in 2005. The "Arc" itself takes place on the first Sunday in October.

Records

Leading jockey (5 wins):

  • Alfred Carratt – Normandie (1866), Mathilde (1871), Premier Mai (1874), Phenix (1878), Barberine (1885)
  • Alain LequeuxMirna (1963), Sanedtki (1977, 1978), Producer (1979), Procida (1984)
  • Freddy HeadBarbare (1966), Regent Street (1968), Lyphard (1972), Ma Biche (1983), Septieme Ciel (1990)

Leading trainer (8 wins):

  • Henry Jennings – Wedding (1859), Finlande (1860), Normandie (1866), Mathilde (1871), Christiania (1872), Barcarolle (1873), Premier Mai (1874), Peronne (1881)

Leading owner (9 wins):

  • Marcel BoussacDurzetta (1920), Zariba (1921), La Moqueuse (1928), Esmeralda (1941), Caravelle (1943, 1944), Goyama (1945), Pharsale (1950), Pharaos (1951)

Winners since 1970

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
1970 Stratege 2 Maurice Philipperon Richard Carver Jean Ternynck 1:23.0
1971 Faraway Son 4 Yves Saint-Martin Maurice Zilber Daniel Wildenstein 1:21.7
1972 Lyphard 3 Freddy Head Alec Head Germaine Wertheimer 1:23.7
1973 African Sky 3 Yves Saint-Martin Albert Klimscha Daniel Wildenstein 1:23.6
1974 Northern Taste 3 Jean-Claude Desaint John Cunnington Zenya Yoshida 1:29.0
1975 Roan Star 2 Willie Carson Roger Poincelet Mrs H. Lazar 1:24.1
1976 Pharly 2 Maurice Philipperon John Cunnington, Jr. Antonio Blasco 1:26.0
1977 Sanedtki 3 Alain Lequeux Olivier Douieb B. Zimmerman 1:25.4
1978 Sanedtki 4 Alain Lequeux Olivier Douieb Serge Fradkoff 1:22.5
1979 Producer 3 Alain Lequeux Maurice Zilber Roy Gottlieb 1:24.3
1980 Moorestyle 3 Lester Piggott Robert Armstrong Moores Furnishings Ltd 1:25.8
1981 Moorestyle 4 Lester Piggott Robert Armstrong Moores Furnishings Ltd 1:30.4
1982 Pas de Seul 3 Christy Roche David O'Brien Robert Sangster 1:27.7
1983 Ma Biche 3 Freddy Head Criquette Head Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:22.6
1984 Procida 3 Alain Lequeux François Boutin Stavros Niarchos 1:27.7
1985 Brocade 4 Pat Eddery Guy Harwood Gerald Leigh 1:21.6
1986 Sarab 5 Richard Quinn Paul Cole Prince Fahd bin Salman 1:23.3
1987 Soviet Star 3 Greville Starkey André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 1:25.8
1988 Salse 3 Willie Carson Henry Cecil Sheikh Mohammed 1:24.0
1989 Gabina 4 Eric Legrix J. C. Cunnington Jürgen Schiefelbein 1:21.0
1990 Septieme Ciel 3 Freddy Head Criquette Head John T. L. Jones, Jr. 1:19.4
1991 Danseuse du Soir 3 Dominique Boeuf Elie Lellouche Daniel Wildenstein 1:22.8
1992 Wolfhound 3 Pat Eddery John Gosden Sheikh Mohammed 1:24.8
1993 Dolphin Street 3 Cash Asmussen John Hammond Stavros Niarchos 1:26.9
1994 Bigstone 4 Olivier Peslier Elie Lellouche Daniel Wildenstein 1:21.2
1995 Poplar Bluff 3 Olivier Peslier André Fabre Daniel Wildenstein 1:18.4
1996 A Magicman 4 Andreas Suborics Hartmut Steguweit Stall Dagobert 1:22.8
1997 Occupandiste 4 Olivier Doleuze Criquette Head Wertheimer et Frère 1:21.4
1998 Tomba 4 Kieren Fallon Brian Meehan John Good 1:27.1
1999 Field of Hope 4 Sylvain Guillot Pascal Bary Grundy Bloodstock Ltd 1:20.8
2000 Indian Lodge 4 Pat Eddery Amanda Perrett Cohn / Parker 1:22.3
2001 Mount Abu 4 Jimmy Fortune John Gosden Seidler / Smith 1:22.9
2002 Dedication 3 Olivier Doleuze Criquette Head-Maarek Ghislaine Head 1:18.7
2003 Etoile Montante 3 Olivier Peslier Criquette Head-Maarek Khalid Abdullah 1:22.6
2004 Somnus 4 Michael Kinane Tim Easterby Lady Legard et al. 1:22.3
2005 Court Masterpiece 5 Gérald Mossé Ed Dunlop Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:22.2
2006 Caradak 5 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 1:20.9
2007 Toylsome 8 Stéphane Pasquier Jens Hirschberger Baron G. von Ullmann 1:22.5
2008 Paco Boy 3 Christophe Soumillon Richard Hannon Calvera Partnership 2 1:19.8
2009 Varenar 3 Stéphane Pasquier Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 1:19.2

Earlier winners

  • 1858 -
  • 1859 - Wedding
  • 1860 - Finlande
  • 1861 - Bravoure
  • 1862 -
  • 1863 -
  • 1864 - Tourmalet
  • 1865 - Salambo
  • 1866 - Normandie
  • 1867 - Nemea
  • 1868 -
  • 1869 -
  • 1870 - no race
  • 1871 - Mathilde
  • 1872 - Christiania
  • 1873 - Barcarolle
  • 1874 - Premier Mai
  • 1875 -
  • 1876 - Kilt
  • 1877 - Astree
  • 1878 - Phenix
  • 1879 - Seymour
  • 1880 - Castillon
  • 1881 - Peronne
  • 1882 - Veston
  • 1883 - Azur
  • 1884 - Azur
  • 1885 - Barberine
  • 1886 - Fricandeau
  • 1887 - Acheron
  • 1888 - Catharina
  • 1889 - Alicante
  • 1890 - Chalet
  • 1891 - Le Nord
  • 1892 - Fra Angelico
  • 1893 - Dolma Baghtche
  • 1895 - Hero
  • 1896 - Castelnau
  • 1897 - Royal Mint
  • 1898 - Herse
  • 1899 - Semendria
  • 1900 - La Camargo
  • 1901 - Limousin
  • 1902 -
  • 1903 -
  • 1904 -
  • 1905 - Prestige
  • 1906 - no race
  • 1907 - Valda
  • 1908 - Princess Margaret
  • 1909 - Moulins la Marche
  • 1910 - Ronde de Nuit
  • 1911 - Montrose / Petulance *
  • 1912 - Blarney
  • 1913 - Le Grand Pressigny
  • 1914–18 - no race
  • 1919 - Cid Campeador
  • 1920 - Durzetta
  • 1921 - Zariba
  • 1923 - Scaramouche
  • 1924 - Niceas
  • 1925 - Brumaire
  • 1926 - Licteur
  • 1927 - Coram
  • 1928 - La Moqueuse
  • 1929 - Chateau Bouscaut
  • 1930 - Baoule
  • 1931 - Four in Hand
  • 1932 - Assuerus / Lovelace *
  • 1933 - Jocrisse
  • 1934 - Jus de Raisin
  • 1935 - Gong
  • 1936 - Mousson
  • 1937 - Blue Star
  • 1938 -
  • 1939 - no race
  • 1940 - Corviglia
  • 1941 - Esmeralda
  • 1942 - Buena Vista
  • 1943 - Caravelle
  • 1944 - Caravelle
  • 1945 - Goyama
  • 1946 - Vagabond
  • 1947 - Menetrier
  • 1948 - Fontenay
  • 1950 - Pharsale
  • 1951 - Pharaos
  • 1952 - Guersant
  • 1953 - Fine Top
  • 1954 - Fine Top
  • 1955 - Vareta
  • 1956 - Midget
  • 1957 - Oferista
  • 1958 - Currito
  • 1959 - Hautain
  • 1960 - Mincio
  • 1961 - Snob
  • 1962 - Spy Well
  • 1963 - Mirna
  • 1964 - Kirkland Lake
  • 1965 - Red Slipper
  • 1966 - Barbare
  • 1967 - Cabhurst
  • 1968 - Regent Street
  • 1969 - Democratie

* The 1911 and 1932 races were dead-heats and have joint winners.

References


  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Prix de la Forêt (2009).

See also



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