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Prix du Pin

Group 3 race
Prix du Pin
Location Longchamp Racecourse
Paris, France
Inaugurated 1883
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 1,400 metres (7f)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Three-years-old and up
excluding G1 & G2 winners
from earlier in same year
Weight 56 kg (3yo); 57½ kg (4yo+)
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies and mares
Penalties
2 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 Pin 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 1,400 metres (about 7 furlongs), and it is scheduled to take place each year in September.

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History

The event takes its name from the oldest horse breeding establishment in France, which is located at Le Pin-au-Haras in Orne. The construction of this stud farm was authorised by King Louis XIV shortly before his death in 1715. The first horses it accommodated, mostly mares and their foals, were transferred from the previous Royal Stud at Saint-Léger-en-Yvelines in 1717. [1]

The earliest version of the Prix du Pin was introduced at Chantilly in 1883, but this bears little resemblance to the race as it is now. It was contested over 3,000 metres in late October, and it was initially designed to test the aptitudes of horses for carrying unusually high weights. The burden for four-year-olds was 78½ kg (173 lb), while that for older horses was 80 kg (176 lb).

The distance of the race was cut to 2,000 metres in 1904. The event was cancelled in 1906 as an indirect result of public disorder at Longchamp. Three meetings scheduled to have taken place at that venue were transferred to Chantilly, and to make way for the extra races the Prix du Pin was dropped. The race moved to Longchamp the following year, and its distance was restored to 3,000 metres. It was abandoned throughout World War I, with no running from 1914 to 1918.

The original weight conditions of the Prix du Pin were maintained until 1928. From this point both four-year-olds and their elders carried a basic weight of 60 kg (132 lb). 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 Pin's distance remained at 3,000 metres until 1949. This was followed by a period of frequent change, which eventually led to the present version of the race. During the 1950s it was contested over 2,500 metres (1950–51), 1,850 metres (1952–55), 2,600 metres (1956) and 2,000 metres (1957–59). The rapid changes continued into the 1960s, when it was run over 1,850 metres (1960–61), 2,100 metres (1962–63), 2,000 metres (1964) and 1,800 metres (1965–69). The current distance, 1,400 metres, was introduced in 1970.

For a period the Prix du Pin was classed at Listed level. It was promoted to Group 3 status in 2004.

Records

Leading jockey (4 wins):

  • Edouard Watkins – Avoir (1893), Boissiere (1894), Champaubert (1897), Cazabat (1899)
  • George Stern – Ivoire (1901), La Camargo (1902), Chatou (1909), Cadet Roussel (1911)
  • Yves Saint-MartinJohannesburg (1974), Nurabad (1976), Kaldoun (1979), Allius (1987)

Leading trainer (7 wins):

  • Criquette Head-MaarekMade of Pearl (1986), Bitooh (1988), Malaspina (1989), Neverneyev (1994), Vert Val (1997), Midnight Foxtrot (1999), Etoile Montante (2003)

Leading owner (5 wins):

  • Daniel WildensteinPerpetual (1969), Johannesburg (1974), Nurabad (1976), Poplar Bluff (1995), Alamo Bay (1998)

Winners since 1978

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
1978 Kaldoun 3 Jacques Heloury François Mathet HH Aga Khan IV
1979 Kaldoun 4 Yves Saint-Martin François Mathet HH Aga Khan IV
1980 Princesse Lida 3 Freddy Head Alec Head Jacques Wertheimer
1981 Princely Ruler 3 Maurice Philipperon John Cunnington, Jr. Ralph Wilson
1982 Prospero 5 Claude Ramonet C. Hervé Mrs Sylvain Aknin
1983 Ice Hot 3 Gérard Dubroeucq C. Beniada Richard H. Winn
1984 Nikos 3 Alain Badel J. C. Cunnington Countess Batthyany
1985 River Drummer 3 Alain Lequeux François Boutin Stavros Niarchos
1986 Made of Pearl 3 Gérald Mossé Criquette Head Ecurie Aland
1987 Allius 4 Yves Saint-Martin Alain de Royer-Dupré Etti Plesch
1988 Bitooh 3 Guy Guignard Criquette Head Maktoum Al Maktoum
1989 Malaspina 5 Guy Guignard Criquette Head Ghislaine Head
1990 Philippi 4 Gérald Mossé Nicolas Clément Jean-Louis Beuzelin
1991 Hello Pink 3 Alain Badel Henri Van de Poële Leseleuc de Kerouara 1:24.00
1992 Kenbu 3 Freddy Head François Boutin Tomohiro Wada 1:23.50
1993 Sharp Prod 3 Lester Piggott Lord Huntingdon Queen Elizabeth II 1:24.70
1994 Neverneyev 4 Olivier Doleuze Criquette Head Jacques Wertheimer 1:25.50
1995 Poplar Bluff 3 Olivier Peslier André Fabre Daniel Wildenstein 1:28.20
1996 Zarannda 3 Gérald Mossé Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 1:25.70
1997 Vert Val [1] 3 Olivier Doleuze Criquette Head Wertheimer et Frère 1:22.80
1998 Alamo Bay 5 Olivier Peslier André Fabre Daniel Wildenstein 1:24.40
1999 Midnight Foxtrot 3 Olivier Doleuze Criquette Head Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:22.70
2000 Touch of the Blues 3 Dominique Boeuf Carlos Laffon-Parias Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:21.80
2001 Amonita 3 Thierry Jarnet Pascal Bary Mrs Paul de Moussac 1:23.90
2002 Cayoke 5 Thierry Gillet Sylvain Guillot Patricia Beck 1:23.30
2003 Etoile Montante 3 Olivier Peslier Criquette Head-Maarek Khalid Abdullah 1:20.00
2004 Comete 5 Davy Bonilla Maxime Cesandri Mrs Jean-Claude Bouret 1:20.10
2005 Coupe de Champe 4 Stéphane Pasquier Patrick Tual Jacques Seror 1:19.90
2006 Price Tag 3 Thierry Thulliez Pascal Bary Khalid Abdullah 1:22.70
2007 Sabana Perdida 4 Christophe Lemaire Alain de Royer-Dupré Scuderia Zaro 1:19.80
2008 Captain's Lover 4 Stéphane Pasquier André Fabre Team Valor 1:20.30
2009 Proviso 4 Stéphane Pasquier André Fabre Khalid Abdullah 1:22.13

1 Keos finished first in 1997, but he was relegated to third place following a Stewards' Inquiry.

Earlier winners

  • 1883 - Athala
  • 1884 - Louis d'Or
  • 1885 - Fra Diavolo
  • 1886 - Barberine
  • 1887 - Presta
  • 1888 - Bavarde
  • 1889 - Bocage
  • 1890 -
  • 1891 - Le Glorieux
  • 1892 - Fitz Roya
  • 1893 - Avoir
  • 1894 - Boissiere
  • 1895 - Mamiano
  • 1896 - Mamiano
  • 1897 - Champaubert
  • 1898 - General Albert
  • 1899 - Cazabat
  • 1900 - Fourire
  • 1901 - Ivoire
  • 1902 - La Camargo
  • 1903 -
  • 1904 - Hebron
  • 1905 - Presto
  • 1906 - no race
  • 1907 - Moulins la Marche
  • 1908 - L'Inconnu
  • 1909 - Chatou
  • 1910 - Ronde de Nuit
  • 1911 - Cadet Roussel
  • 1912 - Philippe
  • 1913 - Afgar
  • 1914–18 - no race
  • 1919 - Marmouset
  • 1920 - Simpri
  • 1921 - As des As
  • 1922 - Bassan
  • 1923 - Bolet Satan
  • 1924 -
  • 1925 - Catalin
  • 1926 - Winner
  • 1927 - Wonderful
  • 1928 - Orange Pip
  • 1929 - Mondovi / Suzerain *
  • 1930 - Nil
  • 1931 -
  • 1932 -
  • 1933 - Barneveldt
  • 1934 -
  • 1935 - Porthos
  • 1936 - Son in Love
  • 1937 - Porthos
  • 1938 - Vent du Nord
  • 1939–40 - no race
  • 1941 - Chambord
  • 1942 - Threw
  • 1943 - Kilbiri
  • 1944 - Garde a Vous
  • 1945 - Derio / Esope *
  • 1946 -
  • 1947 -
  • 1948 - Diable Gris
  • 1949 - Finaud
  • 1950 - Petite Main
  • 1951 - Templier
  • 1952 - Minoutchehr
  • 1953 -
  • 1954 - Damelot
  • 1955 - Hathor
  • 1956 - Valcares
  • 1957 - Chippendale
  • 1958 -
  • 1959 - Theodebert
  • 1960 -
  • 1961 - Succes
  • 1962 - Esmar
  • 1963 -
  • 1964 - Aravios
  • 1965 - Le Fabuleux
  • 1966 -
  • 1967 - Adjar
  • 1968 - Iranovo
  • 1969 - Perpetual
  • 1970 - Moi Meme
  • 1971 -
  • 1972 -
  • 1973 -
  • 1974 - Johannesburg
  • 1976 - Nurabad
  • 1977 -

* The 1929 and 1945 races were dead-heats and have joint winners.

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