Prix Maurice de Gheest

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Prix Maurice de Gheest
Group 1 race
Location Deauville Racecourse
Deauville, France
Inaugurated 1922
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Larc
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 1,300 metres (6½f)
Surface Turf
Track Straight
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight 56 kg (3yo); 58 kg (4yo+)
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies and mares
Purse 350,000 (2014)
1st: €199,990

The Prix Maurice de Gheest is a Group 1 flat horse race in France open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at Deauville over a distance of 1,300 metres (about 6½ furlongs), and it is scheduled to take place each year in August.

History[edit]

The event was established in 1922, and it was originally contested over 1,400 metres. It was named in memory of Maurice de Gheest (1850–1920), a member of the Société des Courses de Deauville, a former governing body at the venue.

Deauville Racecourse was closed during World War II, and the Prix Maurice de Gheest was cancelled in 1940. For the remainder of this period it was switched between Maisons-Laffitte (1941–43, 1945) and Auteuil (1944). It returned to Deauville in 1946, and it was cut to 1,300 metres in 1966.

The present system of race grading was introduced in 1971, and the Prix Maurice de Gheest was initially classed at Group 3 level. It was promoted to Group 2 status in 1980, and to the highest level, Group 1, in 1995.

The Prix Maurice de Gheest was included in the Turf Sprint division of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series in 2009, but it was removed from the series the following year.

The race was sponsored by Wertheimer et Frère in 2011, and its title featured the name of Goldikova, a successful mare owned and bred by the Wertheimers.

The race is sponsored until 2014 by Larc, a racing channel in South America.

Records[edit]

Most successful horse (3 wins):


Leading jockey (4 wins):

  • Lester PiggottMountain Call (1968), Abergwaun (1972), Moorestyle (1981), College Chapel (1993)

Leading trainer (6 wins):

  • Freddy HeadMarchand d'Or (2006, 2007, 2008), Moonlight Cloud (2011, 2012, 2013)

Leading owner (4 wins):

  • Marcel BoussacZariba (1922), Grillemont (1923), Theano (1943), Windorah (1947)
  • Pierre WertheimerSonny Boy (1933), Djanet (1956), Midget (1957), Tomahawk (1959)

Winners since 1979[edit]

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1974 Lianga 3 Peter Cook Daniel Wildenstein Angel Penna, Sr. 1:15.60
1975 Sky Commander 3 Bill Pyers Charles Milbank E V Benjamin 1:16.70
1976 Girl Friend 4 Gérard Dubroeucq Philippe Lallié D W Molins 1:23.2
1977 Flying Water 4 Yves Saint-Martin François Boutin Angel Penna, Sr. 1:17.3
1978 King of Macedon 4 Maurice Philipperon John Cunnington Michael Sobell 1:21.4
1979 Boitron 3 Philippe Paquet François Boutin Stavros Niarchos 1:19.7
1980 Boitron 4 Philippe Paquet François Boutin Stavros Niarchos 1:20.2
1981 Moorestyle 4 Lester Piggott Robert Armstrong Moores Furnishings Ltd 1:15.2
1982 Exclusive Order 3 Maurice Philipperon John Cunnington, Jr. Paul de Moussac
1983 Beaudelaire 3 Pat Eddery Vincent O'Brien Robert Sangster 1:16.3
1984 Never So Bold 4 Steve Cauthen Robert Armstrong Edward Kessly 1:16.5
1985 Spectacular Joke 3 Maurice Philipperon John Cunnington, Jr. Paul de Moussac 1:16.6
1986 Lead on Time 3 Pat Eddery Olivier Douieb Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:17.4
1987 Interval 3 Pat Eddery Jeremy Tree Khalid Abdullah 1:16.9
1988 Blue Note 3 Gary W. Moore Criquette Head Ghislaine Head 1:17.8
1989 Cricket Ball 6 Gérald Mossé John Fellows Robin Scully 1:20.2
1990 Dead Certain 3 Cash Asmussen David Elsworth Toby Marten 1:19.6
1991 Roman Prose 6 Marc de Smyter Jonathan Pease Henry Seymour 1:16.3
1992 Pursuit of Love 3 Michael Kinane Henry Cecil Lord Howard de Walden 1:16.3
1993 College Chapel 3 Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien Red Nab Racing Ltd 1:18.3
1994 Dolphin Street 4 Gérald Mossé John Hammond Stavros Niarchos 1:18.7
1995 Cherokee Rose 4 Cash Asmussen John Hammond Sheikh Mohammed 1:16.5
1996 Anabaa 4 Freddy Head Criquette Head Ghislaine Head 1:19.0
1997 Occupandiste 4 Olivier Doleuze Criquette Head Wertheimer et Frère 1:16.7
1998 Seeking the Pearl 4 Yutaka Take Hideyuki Mori Tomoko Uenaka 1:14.7
1999 Diktat 4 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 1:18.2
2000 Bold Edge 5 Dane O'Neill Richard Hannon, Sr. Lady Whent & Friends 1:16.0
2001 King Charlemagne 3 Jamie Spencer Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Magnier 1:19.3
2002 May Ball 5 Gérald Mossé John Gosden Lord Hartington 1:17.7
2003 Porlezza 4 Christophe Soumillon Yves de Nicolay Erika Hilger 1:17.9
2004 Somnus 4 Gary Stevens Tim Easterby Legard / Sidebottom / Sykes 1:16.0
2005 Whipper 4 Christophe Soumillon Robert Collet Richard C. Strauss 1:17.1
2006 Marchand d'Or 3 Davy Bonilla Freddy Head Carla Giral 1:15.9
2007 Marchand d'Or 4 Davy Bonilla Freddy Head Carla Giral 1:14.9
2008 Marchand d'Or 5 Davy Bonilla Freddy Head Carla Giral 1:18.4
2009 King's Apostle 5 Ryan Moore William Haggas Bernard Kantor 1:15.7
2010 Regal Parade 6 Adrian Nicholls David Nicholls Dab Hand Racing 1:16.8
2011 Moonlight Cloud 3 Thierry Jarnet Freddy Head George Strawbridge 1:16.4
2012 Moonlight Cloud 4 Thierry Jarnet Freddy Head George Strawbridge 1:15.5
2013 Moonlight Cloud 5 Thierry Jarnet Freddy Head George Strawbridge 1:14.33
2014 Garswood 4 Gerald Mosse Richard Fahey David Armstrong & Cheveley Park Stud 1:19.71

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1922: Zariba
  • 1923: Grillemont
  • 1924: Persephone
  • 1925: Lezignan
  • 1926: Nyo
  • 1927: Mordicus
  • 1928: Galopin
  • 1929: Tivoli
  • 1930: Advertencia
  • 1931: Masked Jester
  • 1932: Ziani
  • 1933: Sonny Boy
  • 1934: Jocrisse
  • 1935: Master Vere
  • 1936: Aziyade
  • 1937: Aziyade
  • 1938: Sweet Dream
  • 1939: Le Koh-i-Noor
  • 1940: no race
  • 1941: Becassin
  • 1942: Galene
  • 1943: Theano
  • 1944: Le Volcan
  • 1945:
  • 1946: Tango
  • 1947: Windorah
  • 1948: Drakkar
  • 1949: Djebe
  • 1950: Skylarking
  • 1951:
  • 1952: Guam
  • 1953: Vamarie
  • 1954: Vamarie
  • 1955:
  • 1956: Djanet
  • 1957: Midget
  • 1958: Val d'Oisans
  • 1959: Tomahawk
  • 1960: Rina
  • 1961: Nice Guy
  • 1962: Nice Guy
  • 1963: Tryptic
  • 1964: Spy Well
  • 1965: Yours
  • 1966: Han d'Island
  • 1967: Radames
  • 1968: Mountain Call
  • 1969: Quebracho
  • 1970: Irish Minstrel
  • 1971: Sweet Revenge
  • 1972: Abergwaun
  • 1973: Pepenador

See also[edit]

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