Prix d'Ispahan

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Prix d'Ispahan
Group 1 race
Location Longchamp Racecourse
Paris, France
Inaugurated 1873
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 1,850 metres (about 9 furlongs or about 1 1/8 miles)
Surface Turf
Track Right-handed
Qualification Four-years-old and up
Weight 58 kg
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies and mares
Purse 250,000 (2011)
1st: €142,850

The Prix d'Ispahan is a Group 1 flat horse race in France open to thoroughbreds aged four years or older. It is run at Longchamp over a distance of 1,850 metres (about 1 mile and 1¼ furlongs), and it is scheduled to take place each year in May.

History[edit]

The inaugural running of the Prix d'Ispahan was the showpiece event of a meeting held at Longchamp on 13 July 1873. The meeting had been hastily arranged to honour the Shah of Persia, Naser al-Din Shah Qajar, who was making an official visit to Paris. The race was named after Ispahan, the French name for Isfahan, a former capital city of Persia.

The Prix d'Ispahan was initially contested over 3,000 metres, and it was originally open to horses aged three or older. Its distance was cut to 2,400 metres in its second year, and it was further reduced to 2,200 metres in 1891, and to 2,100 metres in 1903.

The race was abandoned throughout World War I, with no running from 1915 to 1918. Its present length, 1,850 metres, was introduced in 1921. It was cancelled once during World War II, in 1940. It was run over 2,000 metres at Le Tremblay in 1943 and 1944.

The present system of race grading began in 1971, and the Prix d'Ispahan was classed at the highest level, Group 1. The minimum age of participating horses was raised to four in 1987. It was staged at Chantilly in 1991, and at this venue its distance was 1,800 metres. The race was opened to geldings in 2001.

Records[edit]

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Champaubert – 1897, 1898 (dead-heat)
  • La Camargo – 1903, 1904
  • Moulins la Marche – 1908, 1909
  • Renette – 1935, 1936
  • Hierocles – 1942, 1943
  • Coaraze – 1946, 1947
  • Fric – 1955, 1956
  • Crystal Glitters – 1983, 1984
  • Goldikova2010, 2011

Leading jockey (7 wins):

  • Yves Saint-MartinLa Sega (1962), Jour et Nuit (1964), Silver Shark (1966), Zeddaan (1968), La Troublerie (1973), Allez France (1974), Crystal Glitters (1983)

Leading trainer (8 wins):

  • Charles SemblatHierocles (1942, 1943), Priam (1945), Coaraze (1946, 1947), Dynamiter (1951), Arbele (1952), Chief (1957)
  • André Fabre - Al Nasr (1982), Crystal Glitters (1984), Creator (1990), Arcangues (1993), Loup Sauvage (1998), Valixir (2005), Manduro (2007), Golden Lilac (2012)

Leading owner (8 wins):

  • Marcel BoussacGoyescas (1933), Hierocles (1942, 1943), Priam (1945), Coaraze (1946, 1947), Dynamiter (1951), Arbele (1952)

Winners since 1969[edit]

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1969 Grandier 5 Maurice Philipperon John Cunnington, Jr. Mrs Pierre Ribes 1:55.8
1970 Caro 3 Bill Williamson Albert Klimscha Countess Batthyany 1:56.8
1971 Mister Sic Top 4 Alfred Gibert G. Pézeril Lucien Deshayes 2:02.4
1972 Riverman 3 Freddy Head Alec Head Germaine Wertheimer 1:54.2
1973 La Troublerie 4 Yves Saint-Martin Gérard Philippeau Mrs Marc Laloum 1:52.9
1974 Allez France 4 Yves Saint-Martin Angel Penna, Sr. Daniel Wildenstein 1:55.7
1975 Ramirez 4 Philippe Paquet François Boutin María Félix Berger 1:51.3
1976 Full of Hope 6 Bill Pyers Gilles Delloye C. F. Delecroix 1:54.4
1977 Lightning 3 Gérard Dubroeucq François Mathet Guy de Rothschild 1:52.9
1978 Carwhite 4 Freddy Head Alec Head Jacques Wertheimer 1:53.9
1979 Irish River 3 Maurice Philipperon John Cunnington, Jr. Mrs Raymond Adès 1:51.7
1980 Nadjar 4 Alain Lequeux Aage Paus Gunnar Schjelderup 1:57.4
1981 The Wonder 3 Alain Lequeux Jacques de Chevigny Mrs Alain du Breil 1:57.7
1982 Al Nasr 4 Alain Lequeux André Fabre Moufid F. Dabaghi 1:54.3
1983 Crystal Glitters 3 Yves Saint-Martin Mitri Saliba Mahmoud Fustok 1:53.0
1984 Crystal Glitters 4 Alfred Gibert André Fabre Mahmoud Fustok 1:50.6
1985 Sagace 5 Eric Legrix Patrick Biancone Daniel Wildenstein 1:51.1
1986 Baillamont 4 Freddy Head François Boutin Stavros Niarchos 1:50.8
1987 Highest Honor 4 Cash Asmussen Pascal Bary Ecurie I. M. Fares 1:55.3
1988 Miesque 4 Freddy Head François Boutin Stavros Niarchos 1:55.2
1989 Indian Skimmer 5 Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil Sheikh Mohammed 1:52.3
1990 Creator 4 Cash Asmussen André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 1:51.5
1991 Sanglamore 4 Pat Eddery Roger Charlton Khalid Abdullah 1:49.9
1992 Zoman 5 Alan Munro Paul Cole Prince Fahd bin Salman 1:54.6
1993 Arcangues 5 Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Daniel Wildenstein 1:50.7
1994 Bigstone 4 Olivier Peslier Elie Lellouche Daniel Wildenstein 1:51.7
1995 Green Tune 4 Olivier Doleuze Criquette Head Jacques Wertheimer 1:53.7
1996 Halling 5 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 2:02.9
1997 Sasuru 4 Michael Hills Geoff Wragg Anthony Oppenheimer 1:54.6
1998 Loup Sauvage 4 Olivier Peslier André Fabre Daniel Wildenstein 1:52.7
1999 Croco Rouge 4 Thierry Jarnet Pascal Bary Wafic Saïd 1:53.7
2000 Sendawar 4 Gérald Mossé Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 1:59.3
2001 Observatory 4 Richard Hughes John Gosden Khalid Abdullah 1:51.0
2002 Best of the Bests 5 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 1:51.4
2003 Falbrav 5 Kieren Fallon Luca Cumani Rencati / Yoshida 1:51.0
2004 Prince Kirk 4 Marco Monteriso Emilio Borromeo Scuderia Pieffegi 1:52.0
2005 Valixir 4 Christophe Soumillon André Fabre HH Aga Khan IV 1:50.9
2006 Laverock 4 Davy Bonilla Carlos Laffon-Parias Gainsborough Stud 1:52.2
2007 Manduro 5 Stéphane Pasquier André Fabre Baron G. von Ullmann 1:58.0
2008 Sageburg 4 Olivier Peslier Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 1:53.7
2009 Never on Sunday 4 Christophe Lemaire Jean-Claude Rouget Daniel-Yves Trèves 1:57.2
2010 Goldikova 5 Olivier Peslier Freddy Head Wertheimer et Frère 1:49.4
2011 Goldikova 6 Olivier Peslier Freddy Head Wertheimer et Frère 1:51.0
2012 Golden Lilac 4 Maxime Guyon André Fabre Gestut Ammerland 1:51.85
2013 Maxios 5 Stéphane Pasquier Jonathan Pease Niarchos Family 1:56.55
2014 Cirrus des Aigles 8 Christophe Soumillon Corine Barande-Barbe Jean-Claude Dupouy 1:57.98

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1873: Campeche
  • 1874: Franc Tireur
  • 1875: Paradoxe
  • 1876: Saxifrage
  • 1877: Gavarni
  • 1878: Jongleur
  • 1879: Courtois
  • 1880: Castillon
  • 1881: Alphonsine
  • 1882: Poulet
  • 1883: Veston
  • 1884: Farfadet
  • 1885: Despote
  • 1886: Viennois
  • 1887: Cambyse
  • 1888: Embellie
  • 1889: Le Sancy
  • 1890: Yellow
  • 1891: Amazone
  • 1892: Gil Peres
  • 1893: Saint Ferjeux
  • 1894: Algarade
  • 1895:
  • 1896: Le Sagittaire
  • 1897: Champaubert
  • 1898: Champaubert / Cambridge *
  • 1899: Fourire
  • 1900: Cravan
  • 1901: Dido
  • 1902: Exema
  • 1903: La Camargo
  • 1904: La Camargo
  • 1905: Caius
  • 1906: Phoenix
  • 1907: Ouadi Halfa
  • 1908: Moulins la Marche
  • 1909: Moulins la Marche
  • 1910: Goloss
  • 1911: Ossian
  • 1912: Rouble
  • 1913: Foxling
  • 1914: Amilcar
  • 1915–18: no race
  • 1919: Radames
  • 1920: Le Rapin
  • 1921: La Finette
  • 1922: Kircubbin
  • 1923: Epinard
  • 1924: Premontre
  • 1925: Condover
  • 1926: Coram
  • 1927: Kitty
  • 1928: Rialto
  • 1929: Kantar
  • 1930: Alcyon
  • 1931:
  • 1932: Lovelace
  • 1933: Goyescas
  • 1934: Rodosto
  • 1935: Renette
  • 1936: Renette
  • 1937: Sanguinetto
  • 1938: Bistolfi
  • 1939: Turbulent
  • 1940: no race
  • 1941: Panipat
  • 1942: Hierocles
  • 1943: Hierocles
  • 1944: Un Gaillard
  • 1945: Priam
  • 1946: Coaraze
  • 1947: Coaraze
  • 1948: Bel Amour
  • 1949: Menetrier
  • 1950: Fort Napoleon
  • 1951: Dynamiter
  • 1952: Arbele
  • 1953: Sadi
  • 1954: Florin
  • 1955: Fric
  • 1956: Fric
  • 1957: Chief
  • 1958: Blockhaus
  • 1959: Hamanet
  • 1960: Tobago
  • 1961: Javelot
  • 1962: La Sega
  • 1963: Manderley
  • 1964: Jour et Nuit
  • 1965: Esso
  • 1966: Silver Shark
  • 1967: Caldarello
  • 1968: Zeddaan

* The 1898 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners.

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