Prix Morny

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Prix Morny
Group 1 race
Location Deauville Racecourse
Deauville, France
Inaugurated 1865
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Darley
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 1,200 metres (6f)
Surface Turf
Track Straight
Qualification Two-year-olds
excluding geldings
Weight 57 kg
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies
Purse 350,000 (2011)
1st: €199,990

The Prix Morny is a Group 1 flat horse race in France open to two-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies. It is run at Deauville over a distance of 1,200 metres (about 6 furlongs), and it is scheduled to take place each year in August.

History[edit]

The event is named in memory of Auguste de Morny (1811–1865), the founder of Deauville Racecourse. It was established in 1865, and it was originally called the Prix de Morny. The inaugural race was over 1,000 metres, and the prize for the winning owner was 9,150 francs.

The second and third runnings of the Prix de Morny were contested over 1,200 metres. It was extended to 1,300 metres in 1868, and to 1,400 metres in 1870.

The race became known as the Prix de Deux Ans in 1871, and its distance was cut to 1,200 metres in 1887. It was renamed the Prix Morny, a shortened version of its original title, in 1911.

The Prix Morny was abandoned from 1914 to 1918, and again in 1940. Its usual venue was closed during World War II, so it was held temporarily at Longchamp (1941–42, 1944) and Maisons-Laffitte (1943, 1945). The first two editions at Longchamp were run over 1,000 metres, and the 1944 running was contested over 1,300 metres.

The event opened to foreign horses in 1947, and that year's race was won by a British colt named Delirium. An earlier spell as an international race (1875 to 1908) had yielded no foreign winners.

Records[edit]

Leading jockey (10 wins):

  • George SternEperon (1900), Farnus (1901), Vinicius (1902), Val d'Or (1904), Mehari (1908), Porte Maillot (1911), Marka (1912), Durzetta (1920), Zariba (1921), Banstar (1925)

Leading trainer (8 wins):

  • Robert Denman – Present Times (1884), Frapotel (1886), Farnus (1901), Vinicius (1902), Val d'Or (1904), Mehari (1908), Porte Maillot (1911), Marka (1912)

Leading owner (13 wins):

  • Marcel BoussacDurzetta (1920), Zariba (1921), Banstar (1925), Cecias (1932), Corrida (1934), Semiramide (1938), Esmeralda (1941), Coaraze (1944), Nirgal (1945), Cadir (1946), Auriban (1951), Cordova (1953), Apollonia (1955)

Winners since 1968[edit]

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1968 Princeline Maurice Philipperon John Cunnington, Jr. Mrs Pierre Ribes 1:16.4
1969 Amber Rama Yves Saint-Martin François Mathet Arpad Plesch 1:10.4
1970 My Swallow Lester Piggott Paul Davey David Robinson 1:17.7
1971 Daring Display Freddy Head William Head Lady Granard 1:13.7
1972 Filiberto Jean Cruguet Angel Penna, Sr. Countess Batthyany 1:10.8
1973 Nonoalco Lester Piggott François Boutin María Félix Berger 1:10.8
1974 Broadway Dancer Yves Saint-Martin Angel Penna, Sr. Daniel Wildenstein 1:11.7
1975 Vitiges Gérard Rivases Gérard Philippeau Mrs Marc Laloum 1:11.4
1976 Blushing Groom Henri Samani François Mathet HH Aga Khan IV 1:12.4
1977 Super Concorde Philippe Paquet François Boutin Walter Haefner 1:12.0
1978 Irish River Maurice Philipperon John Cunnington, Jr. Mrs Raymond Adès 1:12.7
1979 Princesse Lida Freddy Head Alec Head Jacques Wertheimer 1:11.7
1980 Ancient Regime Maurice Philipperon John Fellows Robin Scully 1:10.1
1981 Green Forest Alfred Gibert Mitri Saliba Mahmoud Fustok 1:11.9
1982 Deep Roots Willie Carson Pascal Bary Corine Barande-Barbe 1:11.1
1983 Siberian Express Alfred Gibert Mitri Saliba Mahmoud Fustok 1:10.1
1984 Seven Springs Gary W. Moore John Fellows Robin Scully 1:09.9
1985 Regal State Darren Beadman John Fellows Robin Scully 1:12.6
1986 Sakura Reiko Eric Legrix Patrick Biancone Enshoku Zen 1:14.5
1987 First Waltz Maurice Philipperon Edouard Bartholomew Sir Robin McAlpine 1:12.8
1988 Tersa Gérald Mossé François Boutin Allen Paulson 1:15.6
1989 Machiavellian Freddy Head François Boutin Stavros Niarchos 1:12.8
1990 Hector Protector Freddy Head François Boutin Stavros Niarchos 1:14.4
1991 Arazi Gérald Mossé François Boutin Allen Paulson 1:13.3
1992 Zafonic Pat Eddery André Fabre Khalid Abdullah 1:14.8
1993 Coup de Genie Cash Asmussen François Boutin Stavros Niarchos 1:13.1
1994 Hoh Magic Michael Hills Michael Bell David Allport 1:11.7
1995 Tagula Walter Swinburn Ian Balding R. & E. Hitchins 1:11.6
1996 Bahamian Bounty Frankie Dettori David Loder Lucayan Stud 1:11.0
1997 Chargé d'Affaires Gérald Mossé Alain de Royer-Dupré Marquesa de Moratalla 1:12.7
1998 Orpen Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Sue Magnier 1:10.5
1999 Fasliyev Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Magnier 1:11.0
2000 Bad As I Wanna Be Gérald Mossé Brian Meehan Joe Allbritton 1:10.3
2001 Johannesburg Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Magnier 1:10.4
2002 Elusive City Kieren Fallon Gerard Butler Thoroughbred Corp. 1:10.4
2003 Whipper Sébastien Maillot Robert Collet Elias Zaccour 1:14.0
2004 Divine Proportions Christophe Lemaire Pascal Bary Niarchos Family 1:12.8
2005 Silca's Sister Ted Durcan Mick Channon Aldridge Racing Ltd 1:12.0
2006 Dutch Art Christophe Soumillon Peter Chapple-Hyam Susan Roy 1:13.6
2007 Myboycharlie Kieren Fallon Tommy Stack Sue Magnier 1:13.1
2008 Bushranger Johnny Murtagh David Wachman Smith / Magnier / Tabor 1:09.9
2009 Arcano Richard Hills Brian Meehan Hamdan Al Maktoum 1:07.9
2010 Dream Ahead William Buick David Simcock Khalifa Dasmal 1:09.6
2011 Dabirsim Frankie Dettori Christophe Ferland Simon Springer 1:10.0
2012 Reckless Abandon Gérald Mossé Clive Cox Deadman / Barrow 1:09.6
2013 No Nay Never David Flores Wesley Ward Magnier / Tabor / Smith 1:09.82

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1865: Puebla
  • 1866: Le Petit Caporal
  • 1867: Marcello
  • 1868: Masaniello
  • 1869: Roquefort
  • 1870: Eole
  • 1871: Seul
  • 1872: Flageolet
  • 1873: Perla
  • 1874: Macaron
  • 1875: Fusion
  • 1876: Astree
  • 1877: Mantille
  • 1878: Swift
  • 1879: Louis d'Or
  • 1880: Strelitz
  • 1881: Favorite
  • 1882: Chitre
  • 1883: Directrice
  • 1884: Present Times
  • 1885: Alger
  • 1886: Frapotel
  • 1887: Widgeon
  • 1888: Fontanas
  • 1889: Cromatella
  • 1890: Zingaro
  • 1891: Ranes
  • 1892: Marly
  • 1893: Fresca
  • 1894: Le Sagittaire
  • 1895: Daphnis
  • 1896: Indian Chief
  • 1897: Washington
  • 1898: Justitia
  • 1899: Lucie
  • 1900: Eperon
  • 1901: Farnus
  • 1902: Vinicius
  • 1903: Theleme
  • 1904: Val d'Or
  • 1905: Prestige
  • 1906: Sagamore
  • 1907: Valda
  • 1908: Mehari
  • 1909: Messidor
  • 1910: Manfred
  • 1911: Porte Maillot
  • 1912: Marka
  • 1913: Sardanapale
  • 1914–18: no race
  • 1919: Sourbier
  • 1920: Durzetta
  • 1921: Zariba
  • 1922: Mackenzie
  • 1923: Golden Hope
  • 1924: La Habanera
  • 1925: Banstar
  • 1926: Fairy Legend
  • 1927: Kantar
  • 1928: Necklace
  • 1929: Chateau Bouscaut
  • 1930: Pearl Cap
  • 1931: Eadhild
  • 1932: Cecias
  • 1933: Brantome
  • 1934: Corrida
  • 1935: Mistress Ford
  • 1936: Tizona
  • 1937: Ad Astra
  • 1938: Semiramide
  • 1939: Furane
  • 1940: no race
  • 1941: Esmeralda
  • 1942: Fanatique
  • 1943: Sampiero
  • 1944: Coaraze
  • 1945: Nirgal
  • 1946: Cadir
  • 1947: Delirium
  • 1948: Amour Drake
  • 1949: Ksarinor
  • 1950: Sanguine
  • 1951: Auriban
  • 1952: Bozet
  • 1953: Cordova
  • 1954: Chingacgook
  • 1955: Apollonia
  • 1956: Mr Pickwick
  • 1957: Neptune
  • 1958: Oceanic
  • 1959: Pharamond
  • 1960: Solitude
  • 1961: Prudent
  • 1962: Darannour
  • 1963: Revoquee
  • 1964: Grey Dawn
  • 1965: Soleil
  • 1966: Le Conquerant
  • 1967: Madina

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