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Prix du Petit Couvert

Group 3 race
Prix du Petit Couvert
Location Longchamp Racecourse
Paris, France
Inaugurated 1867
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Qatar
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 1,000 metres (5f)
Track Turf, straight
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight 56 kg (3yo); 56½ kg (4yo+)
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies and mares
Penalties
3½ kg for Group 1 winners *
3½ kg if two Group 2 wins *
2½ kg if one Group 2 win *
2½ kg if two Group 3 wins *
1½ kg if one Group 3 win *
* since January 1
Purse 80,000 (2009)
Distribution
1st: 50%, 2nd: 20%, 3rd: 15%
4th: 10%, 5th: 5%

The Prix du Petit Couvert is a Group 3 flat horse race in France which is open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at Longchamp over a distance of 1,000 metres (about 5 furlongs), and it is scheduled to take place each year in September.

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History

The event was established in 1867, and during the early part of its history it was usually held at Chantilly. Its title refers to the Petit Couvert, a crossroads in the forest adjacent to that racecourse. It was originally open to horses aged two or older, and it was initially contested over 800 metres. It was abandoned during the Franco-Prussian War (and for two years thereafter), with no running from 1870 to 1873. Its distance was increased to 1,000 metres in 1881. Apart from two editions at Longchamp (1880 and 1900), the race remained at Chantilly until 1906.

The Prix du Petit Couvert was transferred to Longchamp in 1907, and at the same time its distance was extended to 1,100 metres. It was abandoned throughout World War I, from 1914 to 1918, and its length was reverted to 1,000 metres in 1921. The race was cancelled twice during World War II, in 1939 and 1940. It was temporarily switched to Maisons-Laffitte in 1943 and to Le Tremblay in 1944.

The Prix du Petit Couvert was formerly held in late October. The race was moved to September in 2002, and simultaneously it was closed to two-year-olds. It now serves as a trial for the following month's Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp.

Records

Leading jockey (7 wins):

  • Roger Poincelet – Fine Art (1944, 1945, 1946), Damnos (1948), Palariva (1956), L'Epinay (1960, 1962)
  • Yves Saint-MartinLa Sega (1961), Texanita (1963), Silver Shark (1965), Sun Sun (1968), Manjam (1979), Park Romeo (1981), Bold Apparel (1983)

Leading trainer (9 wins):

  • François Mathet – Reinata (1955), Edellic (1958, 1959), La Sega (1961), Texanita (1963, 1964), Silver Shark (1965), Sun Sun (1968), Moubariz (1974)

Leading owner (7 wins):

  • Edmond Blanc – La Negligente (1889), Fantasia (1891), Manitou (1897), Mauvezin (1899), Caius (1902), Fils du Vent (1909), Porte Maillot (1911)

Winners since 1980

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
1980 Greenway 2 Freddy Head Alec Head Jacques Wertheimer
1981 Park Romeo 5 Yves Saint-Martin Herbert Cohn Leonie McNitt
1982 Kind Music 3 Freddy Head Robert Collet Bendar bin M. Al Kabir
1983 Bold Apparel 3 Yves Saint-Martin Robert Collet Owen Helman
1984 Parioli 3 Maurice Philipperon John Cunnington, Jr. Danny Arnold
1985 Miss Stanford 4 Tony Ives B. Olsson Elizabeth Thurdin
1986 Parioli 5 Maurice Philipperon John Cunnington, Jr. Danny Arnold
1987 Sizzling Melody 3 Richard Hills Lord John Fitzgerald Mary Watt
1988 Canango 4 Guy Guignard Alain Falourd Etti Plesch 0:59.6
1989 Lugana Beach 3 Steve Cauthen David Elsworth Ray Richards 0:56.4
1990 Run and Gun 2 Cash Asmussen Robert Collet Ecurie Promethee 1:02.4
1991 Ski Chief 3 Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Zenya Yoshida 0:59.9
1992 Wixon 2 Freddy Head François Boutin Allen E. Paulson 1:00.9
1993 Lavinia Fontana 4 Frankie Dettori Con Collins Cyril Humphris 1:01.5
1994 Millyant 4 Cash Asmussen Rae Guest C. J. Mills 0:59.8
1995 Millyant 5 Cash Asmussen Rae Guest C. J. Mills 0:56.9
1996 Don't Worry Me 4 Alain Junk Guy Henrot Jean-François Gribomont 0:57.4
1997 Hever Golf Rose 6 Cash Asmussen Joe Naughton Hever Racing Club 0:59.3
1998 Bishops Court 4 Jimmy Fortune Lynda Ramsden David Brotherton 1:03.4
1999 Manzor 2 Olivier Peslier Xavier Nakkachdji Daniel Wildenstein 1:00.6
2000 Repertory 7 Richard Hughes Malcolm Saunders Malcolm Saunders 0:59.4
2001 Repertory 8 Fergus Sweeney Malcolm Saunders Malcolm Saunders 1:00.9
2002 Ziria 3 Dominique Boeuf Carlos Laffon-Parias Leonidas Marinopoulos 0:56.6
2003 Repertory 10 Tom McLaughlin Malcolm Saunders Malcolm Saunders 0:56.9
2004 Pivotal Point 4 Frankie Dettori Peter Makin Ray Bernard 0:56.5
2005 Nipping 3 Christophe Soumillon Robert Collet Richard C. Strauss 0:55.5
2006 Majestic Missile 5 Christophe Soumillon William Haggas Flying Tiger Partnership 0:56.0
2007 Tax Free 5 Adrian Nicholls David Nicholls Ian Hewitson 0:55.8
2008 Only Answer 4 Olivier Peslier André Fabre Wertheimer et Frère 0:56.3
2009 War Artist 6 Olivier Peslier James Eustace Rupert Plersch 0:56.5

Earlier winners

  • 1867 -
  • 1868 - Manette
  • 1869 - Mademoiselle de Fligny
  • 1870–73 - no race
  • 1874 -
  • 1875 - Marmiton
  • 1876 - Pensacola
  • 1877 - Pensacola
  • 1878 - Virginie
  • 1879 - Mademoiselle Mars
  • 1880 - Belgirate
  • 1881 - Pistache
  • 1882 - Ontario
  • 1883 -
  • 1884 - Metropole
  • 1885 - Artois
  • 1886 - Entrechat
  • 1887 - Modiste
  • 1888 - Master Albert
  • 1889 - La Negligente
  • 1890 - Paradisia
  • 1891 - Fantasia
  • 1892 - C'est Sa Soeur
  • 1893 -
  • 1894 - Dinette
  • 1895 - Beatrix
  • 1896 - Aunt Minie
  • 1897 - Manitou
  • 1898 -
  • 1899 - Mauvezin
  • 1900 - Wilhelmina
  • 1901 - Limousin
  • 1902 - Caius
  • 1903 -
  • 1904 - Morning Dew
  • 1905 -
  • 1906 - Syphon
  • 1907 - Princess Margaret
  • 1908 - Prestissimo
  • 1909 - Fils du Vent
  • 1910 - Garance
  • 1911 - Porte Maillot
  • 1912 - Amadou / Radial *
  • 1913 - La Malfiera
  • 1914–18 - no race
  • 1919 - La Chiffa
  • 1920 - Maskara
  • 1921 - Honeysuckle
  • 1923 - Heldifann
  • 1924 - Niceas
  • 1925 - Mackwiller
  • 1926 - Addis Ababa
  • 1927 - Gerbert
  • 1928 - Echappade
  • 1929 -
  • 1930 - Democratie
  • 1931 - Epitaphe
  • 1932 - Faria
  • 1933 - Shining Tor
  • 1934 - Bao Dai
  • 1935 - Limac
  • 1936 - Ethiopie
  • 1937 - Aziyade
  • 1938 - Iskandar
  • 1939–40 - no race
  • 1941 - Wigombirou
  • 1942 - Dogat
  • 1943 - Wigombirou
  • 1944 - Fine Art
  • 1945 - Fine Art
  • 1946 - Fine Art
  • 1947 - Solina
  • 1948 - Damnos
  • 1949 -
  • 1950 -
  • 1951 - Pareo
  • 1952 - Pierrot Bleu
  • 1953 - Vamarie
  • 1954 - Vamarie
  • 1955 - Reinata
  • 1956 - Palariva
  • 1957 -
  • 1958 - Edellic
  • 1959 - Edellic
  • 1960 - L'Epinay
  • 1961 - La Sega
  • 1962 - L'Epinay
  • 1963 - Texanita
  • 1964 - Texanita
  • 1965 - Silver Shark
  • 1966 - Yours
  • 1967 - Yours
  • 1968 - Sun Sun
  • 1969 - Pentathlon
  • 1970 - Calahorra
  • 1971 - Deep Diver
  • 1972 - Rambling Rose
  • 1973 - D'Urberville
  • 1974 - Moubariz
  • 1975 - Realty
  • 1976 - Girl Friend
  • 1977 - Girl Friend
  • 1978 - Polyponder
  • 1979 - Manjam

* The 1912 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners.

References


  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Prix du Petit Couvert (2009).

See also



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