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Prix du Lys

Group 3 race
Prix du Lys
Location Chantilly Racecourse
Chantilly, France
Inaugurated 1922
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 2,400 metres (1½ miles)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Three-year-old
colts and geldings
excluding Group 1 winners
Weight 56 kg
Penalties
2½ kg for Group 2 winners *
1½ kg for Group 3 winners *
* since January 1
Purse 80,000 (2009)
Distribution
1st: 50%, 2nd: 20%, 3rd: 15%
4th: 10%, 5th: 5%

The Prix du Lys is a Group 3 flat horse race in France which is open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and geldings. It is run at Chantilly over a distance of 2,400 metres (about 1½ miles), and it is scheduled to take place each year in June.

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History

The race was first run on June 8, 1922, and it was originally open to colts and fillies, but not geldings. It was named after Le Lys, a small forest close to Chantilly on the left bank of the Oise River. Its distance was set at 2,400 metres, and it was initially restricted to horses which were not entered for the Prix du Jockey Club or the Prix de Diane.

From its launch until 1939 the Prix du Lys was held at Chantilly, but during World War II it was temporarily switched to alternative venues. It was cancelled in 1940, and for the following two years it was contested at Longchamp. It was run over 2,300 metres at Le Tremblay in 1943 and 1944, and it then returned to Longchamp for three more years. The event moved back to Chantilly in 1948.

The condition which excluded Prix du Jockey Club and Prix de Diane entrants was removed in 1970. The race was closed to fillies in 1986, and it was simultaneously opened to geldings. It continued to be staged at Chantilly until 1992, but thereafter the venue of the Prix du Lys frequently changed.

From 1993 to 1996 it was run at Saint-Cloud over 2,800 metres. It was then contested with a distance of 2,600 metres at both Maisons-Laffitte (1997–98) and Chantilly (1999–2000). The original length of 2,400 metres was restored when the race began a period at Longchamp in 2001. It was transferred back to Chantilly in 2009.

Records

Leading jockey (6 wins):

  • Roger Poincelet – Djelal (1947), Mistralor (1954), Jithaka (1956), Rugby (1962), Nasram (1963), Steady (1967)
  • Freddy HeadMazarin (1969), Azorello (1973), Ercolano (1977), Fabulous Dancer (1979), Bellman (1981), Iris Noir (1984)

Leading trainer (13 wins):

  • André FabreIris Noir (1984), Luth Dancer (1987), Northern Spur (1994), Swain (1995), Vertical Speed (1997), Epistolaire (1998), Morozov (2002), Doyen (2003), Desideratum (2005), Rail Link (2006), Airmail Special (2007), Claremont (2009), Goldwaki (2010)

Leading owner (6 wins):

  • Sheikh MohammedSwain (1995), Morozov (2002), Doyen (2003), Desideratum (2005), Airmail Special (2007), Claremont (2009)

Winners since 1979

Year

Winner

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
1979 Fabulous Dancer Freddy Head Criquette Head Ghislaine Head 2:32.70
1980 Lancastrian Alain Lequeux David Smaga Sir Michael Sobell
1981 Bellman Freddy Head Criquette Head Ecurie Aland
1982 Coquelin Cash Asmussen François Boutin Stavros Niarchos
1983 Solford Pat Eddery Vincent O'Brien Robert Sangster
1984 Iris Noir Freddy Head André Fabre Guy de Rothschild
1985 Iades Cash Asmussen François Boutin Marquis della Rocchetta
1986 Chercheur d'Or Gary W. Moore Criquette Head Jacques Wertheimer
1987 Luth Dancer Pat Eddery André Fabre Paul de Moussac
1988 Frankly Perfect Pat Eddery Jonathan Pease Bruce McNall 2:28.00
1989 Harvest Time Joel Boisnard Henri-Alex Pantall Paul de Moussac 2:33.90
1990 Comte du Bourg Dominique Boeuf Raymond Touflan Adolf Bader 2:31.20
1991 Strike Oil [1] Alain Lequeux John Cunnington, Jr. Lord Weinstock 2:33.40
1992 Songlines Olivier Benoist Edouard Bartholomew Sir Robin McAlpine 2:33.60
1993 Epaphos Eric Legrix Pascal Bary Egon Wanke 2:59.30
1994 Northern Spur Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Tomohiro Wada 3:04.20
1995 Swain Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 3:01.20
1996 Cachet Noir Frédéric Grenet Pascal Bary Juan Garcia-Roady 3:11.80
1997 Vertical Speed Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Daniel Wildenstein 2:55.00
1998 Epistolaire Thierry Gillet André Fabre Edouard E. de Rothschild 2:53.50
1999 Spendent Thierry Thulliez Pascal Bary Khalid Abdullah 2:45.60
2000 Lycitus Gérald Mossé François Doumen John D. Martin 2:48.60
2001 Sharbayan Gérald Mossé Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:31.40
2002 Morozov Olivier Peslier André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 2:35.20
2003 Doyen Frankie Dettori André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 2:31.20
2004 Prospect Park Olivier Peslier Carlos Laffon-Parias Wertheimer et Frère 2:29.20
2005 Desideratum Christophe Soumillon André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 2:34.00
2006 Rail Link Christophe Soumillon André Fabre Khalid Abdullah 2:32.20
2007 Airmail Special Stéphane Pasquier André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 2:38.10
2008 Montmartre Christophe Soumillon Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:28.90
2009 Claremont Maxime Guyon André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 2:28.62
2010 Goldwaki Olivier Peslier André Fabre Wertheimer et Frère 2:31.40

1 Glity finished first in 1991, but he was relegated to fourth place following a Stewards' Inquiry.

Earlier winners

  • 1922 - Mazeppa
  • 1923 - Grand Guignol
  • 1924 - Scaramouche
  • 1925 - Chubasco
  • 1926 - Felton
  • 1927 - Sachet
  • 1928 - Bachelier
  • 1929 -
  • 1930 - Menthol
  • 1931 -
  • 1932 - Satrap
  • 1933 - Magnus
  • 1934 - Verset
  • 1935 - Will of the Wisp
  • 1936 - Fantastic
  • 1937 - Khasnadar
  • 1938 -
  • 1939 - Shrift
  • 1940 -
  • 1941 - Nepenthe
  • 1942 -
  • 1943 - Bambou
  • 1944 - Orsava
  • 1945 - Kerlor
  • 1946 - Eclair
  • 1947 - Djelal
  • 1948 - Espace Vital
  • 1949 - Urfe
  • 1950 - Alizier
  • 1951 - Pharas
  • 1952 - Orfeo
  • 1953 - Sunny Dream
  • 1954 - Mistralor
  • 1955 - Fauchelevent
  • 1956 - Jithaka
  • 1957 - Mehdi
  • 1958 - Upstart
  • 1959 - Memorandum
  • 1960 - Tehuelche
  • 1961 - Le Bois Sacre
  • 1962 - Rugby
  • 1963 - Nasram
  • 1964 - Trade Mark
  • 1965 -
  • 1966 - Danseur
  • 1967 - Steady
  • 1969 - Mazarin
  • 1970 - High Game
  • 1971 - Music Man
  • 1972 - Hair Do
  • 1973 - Azorello
  • 1974 - Blue Diamond
  • 1975 - Corby
  • 1977 - Ercolano
  • 1978 - Nizon


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