Prix Gontaut-Biron

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Prix Gontaut-Biron
Group 3 race
Location Deauville Racecourse
Deauville, France
Inaugurated 1919
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Hong Kong Jockey Club
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 2,000 metres (1¼ miles)
Surface Turf
Track Right-handed
Qualification Four-years-old and up
exc. G1 winners this year
Weight 56 kg
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies and mares
1 kg if not Group placed *
Penalties
3 kg for Group 2 winners *
3 kg if two Group 3 wins *
1½ kg if one Group 3 win *
* since January 1
Purse 80,000 (2014)
1st: €40,000

The Prix Gontaut-Biron is a Group 3 flat horse race in France open to thoroughbreds aged four years or older. It is run at Deauville over a distance of 2,000 metres (about 1¼ miles), and it is scheduled to take place each year in August.

History[edit]

The event is named in memory of Antoine de Gontaut-Biron (died 1917), a member of the Société des Courses de Deauville, a former governing body at the venue. The race was established in 1919, and it was originally open to horses aged three or older. The inaugural running was contested over 1,600 metres, and it was extended to 2,400 metres in 1920.

Deauville Racecourse was closed during World War II, and the Prix Gontaut-Biron was cancelled in 1940. For the remainder of this period it was switched between Maisons-Laffitte (1941–43, 1945) and Auteuil (1944).

The distance of the race was increased to 2,600 metres in 1955, and cut to 2,000 metres in 1956. It was restored to 2,400 metres in 1958, and from this point the race was closed to three-year-olds. Its current spell over 2,000 metres began in 1964.

The Prix Gontaut-Biron has been sponsored by the Hong Kong Jockey Club since 2009.

Records[edit]

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Hernando – 1994, 1995

Leading jockey (4 wins):

  • Roger Brethès – Rabican (1927), Ping Pong (1935), Samovar (1936), Morosini (1941)
  • Alfred Gibert – Jefferson (1971), Nemr (1981), Great Substence (1982), Arc (1987)
  • Olivier PeslierAgol Lack (2000), Slew the Red (2001), Carnival Dancer (2003), Vision d'Etat (2010)

Leading trainer (4 wins):

  • Alec HeadKilette (1950), Frere Georges (1953), Sheshoon (1960), Folkestone (1973)
  • André FabreCariellor (1985), Agol Lack (2000), Slew the Red (2001), Crossharbour (2009)

Leading owner (3 wins):

  • Ralph B. StrassburgerBerthe (1948), Montaval (1956), Rumesnil (1957)
  • Mahmoud Fustok – Nemr (1981), Great Substence (1982), Over the Ocean (1986)

Winners since 1979[edit]

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1979 Rusticaro 4 Yves Saint-Martin Richard Carver, Jr. Brendan Kelly
1980 Armistice Day 4 Yves Saint-Martin C. de Watrigant Luis Urbano Sanabria
1981 Nemr 4 Alfred Gibert Mitri Saliba Mahmoud Fustok
1982 Great Substence 4 Alfred Gibert Mitri Saliba Mahmoud Fustok
1983 General Holme 4 Freddy Head Olivier Douieb Khalid Abdullah
1984 Bedtime 4 Brian Taylor Dick Hern 3rd Earl of Halifax
1985 Cariellor 4 Lester Piggott André Fabre Suzy Volterra
1986 Over the Ocean 4 Alain Badel Georges Mikhalidès Mahmoud Fustok
1987 Arc 4 Alfred Gibert Peter Lautner Stall Weissenhof
1988 Ruffle 4 Maurice Philipperon Edouard Bartholomew Sir Robin McAlpine 2:05.80
1989 Emmson 4 Willie Carson Dick Hern Sir Michael Sobell 2:10.40
1990 Mister Riv 5 Thierry Jarnet Antonio Spanu Jean-Bernard Fetoux 2:08.60
1991 Muroto 5 Gérald Mossé François Boutin Gerry Oldham 2:06.70
1992 Corrupt 4 Frankie Dettori Peter Chapple-Hyam Fathi Kalla 2:14.40
1993 Urban Sea 4 Cash Asmussen Jean Lesbordes David Tsui 2:06.30
1994 Hernando 4 Cash Asmussen François Boutin Stavros Niarchos 2:10.00
1995 Hernando 5 Cash Asmussen John Hammond Stavros Niarchos 2:07.30
1996 Carling 4 Thierry Thulliez Corine Barande-Barbe Teruya Yoshida 2:09.30
1997 Lord of Men 4 Sylvain Guillot John Gosden Sheikh Mohammed 2:08.60
1998 Running Stag 4 Ray Cochrane Philip Mitchell Richard Cohen 2:05.50
1999 Dream Well 4 Sylvain Guillot Pascal Bary Niarchos Family 2:20.4
2000 Agol Lack 4 Olivier Peslier André Fabre Sultan Al Kabeer 2:01.40
2001 Slew the Red 4 Olivier Peslier André Fabre Maktoum Al Maktoum 2:11.90
2002 Wellbeing 5 Thierry Thulliez Pascal Bary Plantation Stud 2:06.50
2003 Carnival Dancer 5 Olivier Peslier Amanda Perrett Cheveley Park Stud 2:10.00
2004 Special Kaldoun 5 Dominique Boeuf David Smaga Ecurie Chalhoub 2:13.20
2005 Sweet Stream 5 Stéphane Pasquier John Hammond Team Valor 2:07.90
2006 Atlantic Air 4 Thierry Thulliez Yves de Nicolay Antonia Devin 2:12.40
2007 Echo of Light 5 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 2:05.40
2008 Boris de Deauville 5 Dominique Boeuf Stéphane Wattel Bryant / Haegel 2:06.70
2009 Crossharbour 5 Stéphane Pasquier André Fabre Khalid Abdullah 2:04.00
2010 Vision d'Etat 5 Olivier Peslier Eric Libaud Detré / Libaud 2:12.10
2011 Cirrus des Aigles 5 Franck Blondel Corine Barande-Barbe J. C. A. Dupouy 2:08.60
2012 Don Bosco 5 Gregory Benoist David Smaga Omar El Sharif 2:06.29
2013 Petit Chevalier 5 Maxime Guyon William Mongil Rennstall Gestut Hachstee 2:08.00
2014 Cocktail Queen 4 Alexis Badel Myriam Bollack-Badel Jeff Smith 2:09.90

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1919: Saint Souplet
  • 1920: Take a Step
  • 1921: Nephthys
  • 1922: Grillemont
  • 1923: Keror
  • 1924: Almaviva
  • 1925: Cerfeuil
  • 1926: Aethelstan
  • 1927: Rabican
  • 1928: Huntersdale
  • 1929: Grock
  • 1930: Hotweed
  • 1931: Folio
  • 1932: Bievres
  • 1933: Minestrone
  • 1934: Astronomer
  • 1935: Ping Pong
  • 1936: Samovar
  • 1937: Paix des Dames
  • 1938: Ker Flobert
  • 1939: Palais Cardinal
  • 1940: no race
  • 1941: Morosini
  • 1942: Legende
  • 1943: Chateauroux
  • 1944: Sabran
  • 1945:
  • 1946:
  • 1947: Cappielluca
  • 1948: Berthe
  • 1949: Fleury
  • 1950: Kilette
  • 1951: Lacaduv
  • 1952: Vamos
  • 1953: Frere Georges
  • 1954:
  • 1955: Rosati
  • 1956: Montaval
  • 1957: Rumesnil
  • 1958:
  • 1959: Etwild
  • 1960: Sheshoon
  • 1961: Hautain
  • 1962: Liberty Truck
  • 1963:
  • 1964: Frontin
  • 1965: Tobrouk
  • 1966: Sigebert
  • 1967: Caldarello
  • 1968: Frontal
  • 1969: Grandier
  • 1970: Shoemaker
  • 1971: Jefferson
  • 1972: Boreen
  • 1973: Folkestone
  • 1974: Ksar
  • 1975: Record Run
  • 1976: Larkhill
  • 1977: Iron Duke
  • 1978: Gairloch

See also[edit]

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