Prix Greffulhe

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Prix Greffulhe
Group 2 race
Location Saint-Cloud Racecourse
Saint-Cloud, France
Inaugurated 1882
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 2,000 metres (1¼ miles)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
excluding geldings
Weight 58 kg
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies
Purse €130,000 (2012)
1st: €74,100

The Prix Greffulhe is a Group 2 flat horse race in France open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies. It is run over a distance of 2,000 metres (about 1¼ miles) at Saint-Cloud in May.

History[edit]

The event is named in memory of Henri Greffulhe (1815–1879), a long-serving member of the Société d'Encouragement. It was established in 1882, and was originally run at Longchamp over 2,100 metres.[1]

The Prix Greffulhe was one of several trials for the Prix du Jockey Club collectively known as the Poules des Produits. The others (listed by their modern titles) were the Prix Daru, the Prix Lupin, the Prix Hocquart and the Prix Noailles. The Prix Greffulhe was restricted to the produce of mares born and bred in France. It was funded by entries submitted before a horse's birth, in the year of conception.

The race was abandoned throughout World War I, with no running from 1915 to 1919. It was contested at Le Tremblay over 2,150 metres from 1943 to 1945.[2]

The Prix Greffulhe was transferred to Saint-Cloud and shortened to 2,000 metres in 2005.

Twenty-two winners of the Prix Greffulhe have achieved victory in the Prix du Jockey Club. The first was Gospodar in 1894, and the most recent was Dalakhani in 2003. Two winners, Sea Bird (1965) and Pour Moi (2011), subsequently won the Epsom Derby.

Records[edit]

Leading jockey (5 wins):

  • Roger Poincelet – Mistral (1945), Ambiorix (1949), Silnet (1952), Hafiz (1955), Le Mesnil (1963)
  • Yves Saint-MartinRoi Dagobert (1967), Val d'Aoste (1968), Dom Pasquini (1983), Darshaan (1984), Mouktar (1985)
  • Cash AsmussenArokar (1986), Along All (1989), Suave Dancer (1991), Tikkanen (1994), Montjeu (1999)

Leading trainer (11 wins):

  • André FabreAlong All (1989), Apple Tree (1992), Hunting Hawk (1993), Diamond Mix (1995), Peintre Celebre (1997), Visindar (2006), Quest for Honor (2007), Prospect Wells (2008), Cutlass Bay (2009), Pour Moi (2011), Ocovango (2013)

Leading owner (7 wins):

  • Marcel BoussacAsterus (1926), Tourbillon (1931), Cillas (1938), Ardan (1944), Ambiorix (1949), Scratch (1950), Dankaro (1974)
  • HH Aga Khan IVHafiz (1955), Naasiri (1978), Darshaan (1984), Mouktar (1985), Dalakhani (2003), Visindar (2006), Kesampour (2012)

Winners since 1979[edit]

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1979 Le Marmot Philippe Paquet François Boutin Rodolph Schafer 2:25.20
1980 Providential Philippe Paquet François Boutin Serge Fradkoff 2:13.10
1981 The Wonder Lester Piggott Jacques de Chevigny Mrs Alain du Breil 2:15.20
1982 Bois de Grace Henri Samani François Mathet Guy de Rothschild 2:17.70
1983 Dom Pasquini Yves Saint-Martin Robert Collet Mrs Daniel Bertrand 2:32.90
1984 Darshaan Yves Saint-Martin Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:19.30
1985 Mouktar Yves Saint-Martin Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:35.60
1986 Arokar Cash Asmussen Jacques de Chevigny Prince Kais Al Said 2:28.30
1987 Persifleur Tony Cruz Patrick Biancone Daniel Wildenstein 2:12.80
1988 Soft Machine Alfred Gibert Patrick Rago Bertrand Lavelot 2:13.70
1989 Along All Cash Asmussen André Fabre Daniel Wildenstein 2:18.90
1990 Epervier Bleu Dominique Boeuf Elie Lellouche Daniel Wildenstein 2:19.80
1991 Suave Dancer Cash Asmussen John Hammond Henri Chalhoub 2:16.30
1992 Apple Tree Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Paul de Moussac 2:14.70
1993 Hunting Hawk Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 2:18.40
1994 Tikkanen Cash Asmussen Jonathan Pease George Strawbridge 2:14.50
1995 Diamond Mix Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Jean-Luc Lagardère 2:21.50
1996 Ragmar Gérald Mossé Pascal Bary Jean-Louis Bouchard 2:10.60
1997 Peintre Celebre Olivier Peslier André Fabre Daniel Wildenstein 2:14.00
1998 Croco Rouge Sylvain Guillot Pascal Bary Wafic Saïd 2:25.30
1999 Montjeu Cash Asmussen John Hammond Michael Tabor 2:20.10
2000 Rhenium [a] Thierry Jarnet Jean-Claude Rouget Robert Bousquet 2:30.00
2001 Maille Pistol Jean-René Dubosc Jean-Claude Rouget Michel Roussel 2:28.50
2002 Act One Thierry Gillet Jonathan Pease Gerald Leigh 2:18.50
2003 Dalakhani Christophe Soumillon Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:17.30
2004 Millemix Christophe Lemaire Criquette Head-Maarek Alec Head 2:12.90
2005 Vatori Stéphane Pasquier Philippe Demercastel Ecurie Bader 2:08.20
2006 Visindar Christophe Soumillon André Fabre HH Aga Khan IV 2:03.10
2007 Quest for Honor Christophe Soumillon André Fabre Moussac Family 2:09.90
2008 Prospect Wells Olivier Peslier André Fabre Wertheimer et Frère 2:11.60
2009 Cutlass Bay Frankie Dettori André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 2:14.50
2010 Ice Blue Stéphane Pasquier Pascal Bary Khalid Abdullah 2:07.80
2011 Pour Moi Mickael Barzalona André Fabre Magnier / Smith / Tabor 2:03.20
2012 Kesampour Christophe Lemaire Mikel Delzangles HH Aga Khan IV 2:09.40
2013 Ocovango Pierre-Charles Boudout André Fabre Prince A A Faisal 2:06.96
2014 Prince Gibraltar Christophe Soumillon Jean-Claude Rouget Jean-Francois Gribomont 2:13.56

a Aristotle finished first in 2000, but he was relegated to third place following a stewards' inquiry.

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1882: Clio
  • 1883: Farfadet
  • 1884: Serge
  • 1885: Palamede
  • 1886: Sauterelle
  • 1887: Brio
  • 1888: Bocage
  • 1889: Chopine
  • 1890: Cerbere
  • 1891: Reverend
  • 1892: Fra Angelico
  • 1893: Arkansas
  • 1894: Gospodar
  • 1895: Le Sagittaire
  • 1896: Montreuil
  • 1897: Palmiste
  • 1898: Le Roi Soleil
  • 1899: Tapis Vert
  • 1900: Cymbalier
  • 1901: Passaro
  • 1902: Maximum
  • 1903: Chatte Blanche
  • 1904: Monsieur Charvet
  • 1905: Genial
  • 1906: Brisecoeur
  • 1907: Kalisz
  • 1908: Kenilworth
  • 1909: Union
  • 1910: Nuage
  • 1911: Combourg
  • 1912: Patrick
  • 1913: Nimbus
  • 1914: Diderot
  • 1915–19: no race
  • 1920: Flowershop
  • 1921: Tacite
  • 1922: Kefalin
  • 1923: Checkmate
  • 1924: Tapin / Nethou *
  • 1925: Belfonds
  • 1926: Asterus
  • 1927: Lusignan
  • 1928: Ivanoe
  • 1929: Verdi
  • 1930: Veloucreme
  • 1931: Tourbillon
  • 1932: Sagace
  • 1933: Antenor
  • 1934: Maravedis
  • 1935: Mansur
  • 1936: Fastnet
  • 1937: Samy
  • 1938: Cillas
  • 1939: Bacchus
  • 1940: Tresor
  • 1941: Le Pacha
  • 1942: Arcot
  • 1943: Pensbury
  • 1944: Ardan
  • 1945: Mistral
  • 1946: Prince Chevalier
  • 1947: Chesterfield
  • 1948: Rigolo
  • 1949: Ambiorix
  • 1950: Scratch
  • 1951: Sicambre
  • 1952: Silnet
  • 1953: Marly Knowe
  • 1954: Major
  • 1955: Hafiz
  • 1956: Patras
  • 1957: Amber
  • 1958: Upstart
  • 1959: Herbager
  • 1960: Hautain
  • 1961: Devon
  • 1962: Whippoorwill
  • 1963: Le Mesnil
  • 1964: Free Ride
  • 1965: Sea Bird
  • 1966: Hauban
  • 1967: Roi Dagobert
  • 1968: Val d'Aoste
  • 1969: Prince Regent
  • 1970: Magic Hope
  • 1971: Rheffic
  • 1972: Sancy
  • 1973: Roi Lear
  • 1974: Dankaro
  • 1975: Mariacci
  • 1976: Youth
  • 1977: Rex Magna
  • 1978: Naasiri

* The 1924 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Courses au Bois du Boulogne". La Presse (in French). 22 April 1882. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Résultats d'hier, au Tremblay". Le Matin (in French). 18 April 1944. Retrieved 17 February 2013.