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Prix du Gros Chêne

Group 2 race
Prix du Gros Chêne
Location Chantilly Racecourse
Chantilly, France
Inaugurated 1857
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 1,000 metres (5f)
Track Turf, straight
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight 55 kg (3yo); 58 kg (4yo+)
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies and mares
Penalties
3 kg for Group 1 winners *
2 kg for Group 2 winners *
1 kg if two Group 3 wins *
* since July 1 last year
Purse 130,000 (2009)
Distribution
1st: 57%, 2nd: 22%
3rd: 10.5%, 4th: 7%
5th: 3.5%

The Prix du Gros Chêne is a Group 2 flat horse race in France which is open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at Chantilly over a distance of 1,000 metres (about 5 furlongs), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late May or early June.

The event was established in 1857, and its distance was originally set at 800 metres. Its title refers to a large oak tree which stood in the grounds of Chantilly Racecourse – the English translation of Gros Chêne is "Great Oak". The race was abandoned in 1871 because of the Franco-Prussian War. Its length was extended to 1,000 metres in 1881.

The Prix du Gros Chêne was cancelled throughout World War I, with no running from 1915 to 1918. For the two years thereafter it was contested at Longchamp over 1,100 metres. During World War II it was abandoned once, in 1940, and it was then temporarily switched to alternative venues. From 1941 to 1943 it was held at Maisons-Laffitte, and in 1944 it was run at Auteuil over 900 metres. The race returned to Maisons-Laffitte for a single running in 1945, and it was then transferred to Longchamp in 1946. The wartime period was dominated by one horse, Fine Art, who recorded five successive victories in the event during the 1940s.

The Prix du Gros Chêne returned to its original home, Chantilly, in 1957. A new system of race grading was introduced in 1971, and the event was subsequently given Group 2 status. The latest departure from its regular venue was in 1996, when it was run at Deauville.

Contents

Records

Leading jockey (9 wins):

  • Roger Poincelet – Fine Art (1944, 1945, 1946), Kalpack (1954), Palariva (1956), Jini (1957), Sly Pola (1960), High Bulk (1961), L'Epinay (1963)

Leading trainer (7 wins):

  • François Mathet – Joshua (1953), Edellic (1958, 1959), Texanita (1964), Farhana (1967), Rockcress (1969), Adraan (1980)

Leading owner (5 wins):

  • Claude-Joachim Lefèvre – Alaric (1872), Regane (1873), Octave (1883), Feuillage (1886), Frapotel (1888)
  • Pierre WertheimerEpinard (1923), La Fayette (1929), Quartz (1933), Sanguine (1951), Kalpack (1954)
  • Baron Louis de La Rochette – Fine Art (1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946)

Winners since 1980

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
1980 Adraan 3 Yves Saint-Martin François Mathet HH Aga Khan IV
1981 Sonoma 3 Freddy Head Criquette Head Haras d'Etreham
1982 Kind Music 3 Cash Asmussen Robert Collet Bendar bin M. Al Kabir 0:55.2
1983 Gem Diamond 5 Alain Badel C. da Meda Mrs Pierre Poinsot
1984 Royal Hobbit 6 Guy Guignard C. W. Bartholomew Seamus McGrath
1985 Parioli 4 Maurice Philipperon John Cunnington, Jr. Danny Arnold
1986 Last Tycoon 3 Yves Saint-Martin Robert Collet Richard C. Strauss 0:56.6
1987 Tenue de Soiree 3 Gary W. Moore Criquette Head Haras d'Etreham 0:57.6
1988 Glifahda 5 Freddy Head David Smaga Baron Thierry van Zuylen 0:59.6
1989 Viva Zapata 3 Tony Cruz Jonathan Pease Ecurie I. M. Farès 0:58.8
1990 Nabeel Dancer 5 Pat Eddery Alex Scott Maktoum Al Maktoum 0:58.8
1991 Divine Danse 3 Freddy Head Criquette Head Ecurie Aland 0:58.2
1992 Monde Bleu 4 Dominique Boeuf André Fabre Daniel Wildenstein 0:59.1
1993 Surprise Offer 3 Bruce Raymond Richard Hannon 7th Earl of Carnarvon 0:58.6
1994 Spain Lane 3 Walter Swinburn André Fabre Maktoum Al Maktoum 0:58.7
1995 Millyant 5 Cash Asmussen Rae Guest C. J. Mills 0:57.8
1996 Anabaa 4 Freddy Head Criquette Head Ghislaine Head 1:00.0
1997 Titus Livius 4 Cash Asmussen Jonathan Pease Niarchos Family 0:59.5
1998 Sainte Marine 3 Dominique Boeuf Robert Collet Richard C. Strauss 0:58.8
1999 Sainte Marine 4 Cash Asmussen Robert Collet Richard C. Strauss 0:59.5
2000 Nuclear Debate 5 Gérald Mossé John Hammond Bob Chester 0:58.7
2001 Dananeyev 5 Olivier Doleuze Carlos Laffon-Parias Wertheimer et Frère 0:58.4
2002 Porlezza 3 Christophe Soumillon Yves de Nicolay Erika Hilger 0:57.4
2003 Porlezza 4 Olivier Peslier Yves de Nicolay Erika Hilger 0:56.8
2004 Avonbridge 4 Steve Drowne Roger Charlton Daniel J. Deer 0:58.1
2005 The Trader 7 Ted Durcan Michael Blanshard Mrs C. J. Ward 0:58.6
2006 Moss Vale 5 Kieren Fallon David Nicholls Lady O'Reilly 0:56.9
2007 Beauty Is Truth 3 Thierry Thulliez Robert Collet Richard C. Strauss 0:57.3
2008 Marchand d'Or 5 Davy Bonilla Freddy Head Carla Giral 0:57.2
2009 Tax Free 7 Adrian Nicholls David Nicholls Ian Hewitson 0:56.7
2010 Planet Five 4 Christophe Lemaire Pascal Bary Niarchos Family 0:58.6

Earlier winners

  • 1857 - Brassia
  • 1858 -
  • 1859 - Phenix
  • 1860 - Geologie
  • 1861 -
  • 1862 - Sauterelle
  • 1863 - Gentilhomme
  • 1864 - Partisan
  • 1865 -
  • 1866 - Anglo Saxon
  • 1867 - Czar
  • 1868 - Dragon
  • 1869 - Turco
  • 1870 - Manette
  • 1871 - no race
  • 1872 - Alaric
  • 1873 - Regane
  • 1874 - Tabellion
  • 1875 - Pensacola
  • 1876 - Pensacola
  • 1877 - Pensacola
  • 1878 - Gladia
  • 1879 - Porcelaine
  • 1880 - Mademoiselle Mars
  • 1881 - Feuille de Frene
  • 1882 - Beausejour
  • 1883 - Octave
  • 1884 - Richelieu
  • 1885 - Directrice
  • 1886 - Feuillage
  • 1887 - Oviedo
  • 1888 - Frapotel
  • 1889 - Lugano
  • 1890 - Eclair
  • 1891 - Reveille
  • 1892 - Reveille
  • 1893 - Hoche
  • 1894 - Hoche
  • 1895 - Soberano
  • 1896 -
  • 1897 - Double Tour
  • 1898 - Valparaiso
  • 1899 - Railleur
  • 1900 - Avant Garde
  • 1901 - Calapita
  • 1902 - Zulma
  • 1903 - Romulus
  • 1904 -
  • 1905 - Mandarin
  • 1906 - Chanaan
  • 1907 - Go to Bed
  • 1908 - Syphon
  • 1909 -
  • 1910 - Fils du Vent
  • 1911 - Racine
  • 1912 - Gilles de Rai
  • 1913 - Turlupin
  • 1914 - Mont d'Or
  • 1915–18 - no race
  • 1919 - Setauket
  • 1920 - Glorious
  • 1921 - Phusla
  • 1922 - Phusla
  • 1924 - Niceas
  • 1925 - Faraway
  • 1926 - Mackwiller
  • 1927 - Titan
  • 1928 - Songe
  • 1929 - La Fayette
  • 1930 - Baoule
  • 1931 -
  • 1932 - Lovelace
  • 1933 - Quartz
  • 1934 - Shining Tor
  • 1935 - Renette
  • 1936 - Limac
  • 1937 - Limac
  • 1938 -
  • 1939 - Romeo
  • 1940 - no race
  • 1941 - Thread
  • 1942 - Fine Art
  • 1943 - Fine Art
  • 1944 - Fine Art
  • 1945 - Fine Art
  • 1946 - Fine Art
  • 1947 - Thiercelin
  • 1948 - Solina
  • 1949 - Boree
  • 1950 - Skylarking
  • 1951 - Sanguine
  • 1952 - Luzon
  • 1953 - Joshua
  • 1954 - Kalpack
  • 1955 - Dictaway
  • 1956 - Palariva
  • 1957 - Jini
  • 1958 - Edellic
  • 1959 - Edellic
  • 1960 - Sly Pola
  • 1961 - High Bulk
  • 1962 - L'Epinay
  • 1963 - L'Epinay
  • 1964 - Texanita
  • 1965 - Holborn
  • 1966 - Yours
  • 1967 - Farhana
  • 1968 - Be Friendly / Klaizia *
  • 1969 - Rockcress
  • 1970 - Balidar
  • 1971 - Montgomery
  • 1972 - Montgomery
  • 1973 - Saulingo
  • 1974 - Flirting Around
  • 1975 - Realty
  • 1976 - Kala Shikari
  • 1977 - Madang
  • 1978 - Polyponder
  • 1979 - Sigy

* The 1968 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners.

References


  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Prix du Gros Chêne (2009).

See also



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