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Prix du Chemin de Fer du Nord

Group 3 race
Prix du Chemin de Fer du Nord
Location Chantilly Racecourse
Chantilly, France
Inaugurated 1852
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 1,600 metres (1 mile)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Four-years-old and up
excluding Group 1 winners
from earlier in same year
Weight 56 kg
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies and mares
Penalties
3 kg for Group 1 winners *
2 kg for Group 2 winners *
1 kg for Group 3 winners *
* since September 1 last year
Purse 80,000 (2009)
Distribution
1st: 50%, 2nd: 20%, 3rd: 15%
4th: 10%, 5th: 5%

The Prix du Chemin de Fer du Nord is a Group 3 flat horse race in France which is open to thoroughbreds aged four years or older. It is run at Chantilly over a distance of 1,600 metres (about 1 mile), and it is scheduled to take place each year in June.

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History

The earliest version of the event was first held at Chantilly on May 13, 1852. The prize money of 1,000 francs was provided by the Chemin de Fer du Nord, a railway company in northern France whose trains carried racegoers of the time from Paris to Chantilly. The first running was a 1,200-metre flat race for two-year-olds, whereas for the following three years it was run as a hurdle race over 2,400 metres.

It reverted to the flat in 1856, and it was initially contested over 3,200 metres by horses aged three or older. The Chemin de Fer du Nord continued to provide the total prize money for each running until 1910, by which time it had risen to 5,000 francs. Thereafter the company contributed a partial amount of the fund each year until ceasing in 1937, when the regional railways of France were nationalised and formed the SNCF. Despite the loss of its sponsor the race's title remained unchanged.

The present version of the Prix du Chemin de Fer du Nord originated in 1933, when its distance was set at 1,400 metres. It retained its former age conditions, and it continued to be run at Chantilly until World War II. The race was cancelled in 1940, and for the following two years it was contested at Longchamp. It was run at Maisons-Laffitte in 1943, and it was cancelled again in 1944. It began a more prolonged spell at Longchamp in 1945, and its distance was extended to 1,700 metres in 1950. Its original length was restored when it returned to Chantilly in 1955.

The minimum age of participating horses was raised to four in 1967. The race's present distance, 1,600 metres, was introduced in 1972. The event has remained at Chantilly with the exception of a brief period at Maisons-Laffitte, where it took place in 1997 and 1998.

Records

Leading jockey (7 wins):

  • Freddy HeadApataki (1966), Regent Street (1969), My Friend Paul (1973), Rostov (1980), Big John (1982), Pluralisme (1984), Pink (1985)

Leading trainer (5 wins):

  • André FabreMill Native (1988), French Stress (1989), Kingsalsa (2000), Cacique (2005), Apsis (2006)

Leading owner (3 wins):

  • Paul de Moussac – Pampabird (1983), Mill Native (1988), French Stress (1989)

Winners since 1981

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
1981 Gosport 5 Jean-Claude Desaint J. C. Cunnington Jean Laborde
1982 Big John 4 Freddy Head E. Chevalier du Fau John Michael
1983 Pampabird 4 Maurice Philipperon John Cunnington, Jr. Paul de Moussac
1984 Pluralisme 4 Freddy Head Criquette Head Jacques Wertheimer
1985 Pink 4 Freddy Head Criquette Head Jacques Wertheimer
1986 Sarab 5 Richard Quinn Paul Cole Prince Fahd bin Salman
1987 Relasure 4 Tony Cruz Patrick Biancone Ecurie Jules Ouaki
1988 Mill Native 4 Cash Asmussen André Fabre Paul de Moussac 1:36.80
1989 French Stress 4 Cash Asmussen André Fabre Paul de Moussac 1:42.90
1990 Mister Sicy 4 Gérald Mossé Nicolas Clément Mrs Michael Cahan 1:37.70
1991 Goofalik 4 Cash Asmussen John Hammond David Thompson 1:39.70
1992 As Que To 4 Dominique Boeuf Elie Lellouche Edgard Zorbibe 1:38.80
1993 Africanus 4 Dominique Boeuf Elie Lellouche Daniel Wildenstein 1:49.00
1994 Zabar 6 Frankie Dettori Jonathan Pease Gerald Leigh 1:36.90
1995 Kaldounevees 4 Cash Asmussen John Hammond Ecurie Chalhoub 1:37.00
1996 Nec Plus Ultra 5 Thierry Gillet Alain de Royer-Dupré Marquesa de Moratalla 1:39.30
1997 Perim 4 Guy Guignard Gérard-Alain Lièvre Gérard-Alain Lièvre 1:38.80
1998 Jim and Tonic 4 Gérald Mossé François Doumen John D. Martin 1:37.80
1999 Field of Hope 4 Sylvain Guillot Pascal Bary Grundy Bloodstock Ltd 1:41.40
2000 Kingsalsa 4 Olivier Peslier André Fabre Daniel Wildenstein 1:41.60
2001 Mahfooth 4 Thierry Jarnet Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 1:38.40
2002 Domedriver 4 Thierry Thulliez Pascal Bary Niarchos Family 1:38.80
2003 Tripat 4 Thierry Jarnet Richard Gibson Ecurie J. L. Bouchard 1:37.50
2004 My Risk 5 Christophe Soumillon Jean-Marie Béguigné Roland Monnier 1:36.10
2005 Cacique 4 Christophe Soumillon André Fabre Khalid Abdullah 1:37.30
2006 Apsis 5 Christophe Soumillon André Fabre Khalid Abdullah 1:35.00
2007 Spirito del Vento 4 Kieren Fallon Jean-Marie Béguigné Luigi Ciampi 1:34.60
2008 Spirito del Vento 5 Olivier Peslier Jean-Marie Béguigné Luigi Ciampi 1:36.50
2009 Beacon Lodge 4 Gérald Mossé Clive Cox Mr & Mrs P. Hargreaves 1:34.87
2010 Fuisse 4 Christophe Lemaire Criquette Head-Maarek Haras du Quesnay 1:36.90

Earlier winners

  • 1933 - Dickens
  • 1934 - Rodosto
  • 1935 - Rarity
  • 1936 - Le Cyclone
  • 1937 - Republique
  • 1938 -
  • 1939 - Earnest
  • 1940 - no race
  • 1941 - Thread
  • 1942 - Balthazar / Panipat *
  • 1943 - Fine Art
  • 1944 - no race
  • 1945 - Tango
  • 1946 -
  • 1947 - Thiercelin
  • 1948 - Menetrier
  • 1949 - Menetrier
  • 1950 - Eppi d'Or
  • 1951 - Commando
  • 1952 - Norman
  • 1953 - Voltaire
  • 1954 - Fine Top
  • 1955 - Soleil Royal
  • 1956 -
  • 1957 - Renard
  • 1958 -
  • 1959 -
  • 1960 - Rina
  • 1961 - Galant Gaditan
  • 1962 - Cassis
  • 1963 - Hodell
  • 1964 - Nandou
  • 1965 - Present
  • 1966 - Apataki
  • 1967 - Village Square
  • 1968 - Calife
  • 1969 - Regent Street
  • 1970 - Irish Minstrel
  • 1971 - Joshua
  • 1972 - Etoile Lointaine
  • 1973 - My Friend Paul
  • 1974 - Ace of Aces
  • 1975 - Son of Silver
  • 1976 - Full of Hope
  • 1977 - Mittainvilliers
  • 1978 - Mad Captain
  • 1979 - Fils Prodigue
  • 1980 - Rostov

* The 1942 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners.

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