Critérium de Maisons-Laffitte

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Critérium de Maisons-Laffitte
Group 2 race
Location Maisons-Laffitte
France
Inaugurated 1891
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 1,200 metres (6f)
Surface Turf
Track Straight
Qualification Two-year-olds
Weight 57 kg
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies
Purse €190,000 (2016)
1st: €108,300

The Critérium de Maisons-Laffitte is a Group 2 flat horse race in France open to two-year-old thoroughbreds. It is run at Maisons-Laffitte over a distance of 1,200 metres (about 6 furlongs), and it is scheduled to take place each year in October.

History[edit]

The event was established in 1891, and it was originally held in September. It served as a trial for the Grand Critérium in mid-October. It was initially contested over 1,400 metres, and was shortened to 1,200 metres in 1897.

The Critérium de Maisons-Laffitte was abandoned throughout World War I, with no running from 1914 to 1919. It was extended to 1,500 metres in 1922.

The race was cancelled twice during World War II, in 1939 and 1940. It was staged at Longchamp in 1941 and 1942, and at Le Tremblay over 1,400 metres in 1944. It took place at Longchamp again in 1945, and was abandoned in 1948. Its regular distance was cut to 1,400 metres in 1952.

The present system of race grading was introduced in 1971, and the Critérium de Maisons-Laffitte was classed at Group 2 level. It was moved to late October or early November in 1981.

The event was contested at Évry over 1,300 metres in 1995 and 1996. During this period it was called the Critérium des Deux Ans. It reverted to 1,400 metres in 1997, and started its present spell over 1,200 metres in 2001. The race was moved to mid-October in 2015 as part of a series of changes to autumn races for two-year-olds.[1]

Records[edit]

Leading jockey (4 wins):

  • Freddy HeadRimesault (1968), Rose Laurel (1972), Vallee des Fleurs (1977), Rapide Pied (1984)
  • Philippe PaquetCrowned Music (1978), Viteric (1979), Cresta Rider (1980), Zino (1981)
  • Christophe Soumillon - Zinziberine (2002), Whipper (2003), Captain Marvelous (2006), Kiram (2013)

Leading trainer (9 wins):

  • François BoutinSpeedy Dakota (1974), Crowned Music (1978), Viteric (1979), Cresta Rider (1980), Zino (1981), L'Emigrant (1982), Procida (1983), Corviglia (1988), Ganges (1990)

Leading owner (9 wins):

  • Marcel BoussacRamus (1921), Nosca (1941), Sandjar (1946), Djeddah (1947), Pharad (1951), Albanilla (1953), Janiari (1955), Floriana (1958), Perello (1976)

Winners since 1978[edit]

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1978 Crowned Music Philippe Paquet François Boutin Mrs Walter Haefner 1:25.30
1979 Viteric Philippe Paquet François Boutin Walter Haefner
1980 Cresta Rider Philippe Paquet François Boutin Stavros Niarchos
1981 Zino Philippe Paquet François Boutin Gerry Oldham
1982 L'Emigrant Cash Asmussen François Boutin Stavros Niarchos 1:30.50
1983 Procida Cash Asmussen François Boutin Stavros Niarchos 1:25.20
1984 Rapide Pied Freddy Head Criquette Head Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:29.20
1985 Lead on Time Alain Badel Olivier Douieb Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:25.00
1986 Grecian Urn Alain Lequeux David Smaga Sir Michael Sobell
1987 Bitooh Gary W. Moore Criquette Head Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:31.90
1988 Corviglia Eric Saint-Martin François Boutin Jerome Brody 1:30.70
1989 Septieme Ciel Guy Guignard Criquette Head Johnny Jones 1:24.30
1990 Ganges Eric Legrix François Boutin Allen Paulson 1:25.90
1991 Cardoun Alain Lequeux Elie Lellouche Edgard Zorbibe 1:29.70
1992 Kadounor Olivier Doleuze Jean Laumain Henri Rabatel 1:35.40
1993 Signe Divin Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Paul de Moussac 1:28.50
1994 Bishop of Cashel David Harrison James Fanshawe Moncrisp Ltd 1:32.20
1995 Titus Livius [a] Cash Asmussen Jonathan Pease Stavros Niarchos 1:19.07
1996 Deadly Dudley [b] Olivier Peslier Richard Hannon, Sr. Lucayan Stud 1:20.11
1997 Roi Gironde Olivier Peslier Criquette Head Peter Savill 1:27.50
1998 Moiava Olivier Doleuze Criquette Head Wertheimer et Frère 1:31.90
1999 Touch of the Blues Dominique Boeuf Carlos Laffon-Parias Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:29.80
2000 Amiwain Olivier Peslier André Fabre Jean-Luc Lagardère 1:29.40
2001 Captain Rio Thierry Jarnet Richard Whitaker David Samuel 1:14.30
2002 Zinziberine Christophe Soumillon André Fabre Elisabeth Fabre 1:12.70
2003 Whipper Christophe Soumillon Robert Collet Richard Strauss 1:14.70
2004 Centifolia Ioritz Mendizabal Robert Collet Steeve Berland 1:12.00
2005 Balthazaar's Gift Jamie Spencer Kevin Ryan Ryder Racing Ltd 1:10.10
2006 Captain Marvelous Christophe Soumillon Barry Hills Ronald Arculli 1:11.60
2007 Pomellato Andrasch Starke Peter Schiergen Gestüt Ittlingen 1:13.60
2008 Smooth Operator Andreas Helfenbein Mario Hofer Stall Jenny 1:15.30
2009 Our Jonathan Jamie Spencer Kevin Ryan Marwan Koukash 1:19.70
2010 Blu Constellation Mirco Demuro Vittorio Caruso Scuderia Incolinx 1:14.40
2011 Restiadargent Maxime Guyon Henri-Alex Pantall Guy Pariente 1:14.40
2012 Penny's Picnic Antoine Hamelin Didier Guillemin Saint-Seine / Delegue 1:14.40
2013 Kiram Christophe Soumillon Jean-Claude Rouget HH Aga Khan 1:16.30
2014 Mattmu David Allan Tim Easterby James Bowers 1:13.35
2015 Donjuan Triumphant Alexis Badel Richard Fahey Middleham Park Racing 1:13.10
2016 Sans Equivoque Thierry Jarnet Didier Guillemin Sun Bloodstock Sarl 1:12.78

a b The 1995 and 1996 runnings took place at Évry.

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1891: Idalie
  • 1892: Commandeur
  • 1893: L'Herault
  • 1894: Cherbourg
  • 1895: Champignol
  • 1896: Fils de Roi
  • 1897: Artisan
  • 1898: Holocauste
  • 1899: Ramadan
  • 1900: Butor
  • 1901: Le Mandinet
  • 1902: Hebron
  • 1903: French Fox
  • 1904: Val d'Or
  • 1905: Prestige
  • 1906: Peroraison
  • 1907: Northeast
  • 1908: Azalee
  • 1909: Nuage
  • 1910: Nectarine
  • 1911: Montrose
  • 1912: Coupesarte
  • 1913: Listman
  • 1914–19: no race
  • 1920: Cortland
  • 1921: Ramus
  • 1922: Epinard
  • 1923: Carnation
  • 1924: Melisande
  • 1925: Apelle
  • 1926: Fenimore Cooper 1
  • 1927: Mourad
  • 1928: Florio
  • 1929: Le Val d'Enfer
  • 1930: Indus
  • 1931: Present
  • 1932: Le Cacique
  • 1933: Boucan
  • 1934: Clain
  • 1935: Alejo
  • 1936: May Wong
  • 1937: Blue Star
  • 1938: Birikil
  • 1939–40: no race
  • 1941: Nosca
  • 1942: Pensbury
  • 1943: Turquoise
  • 1944:
  • 1945: Tourmente
  • 1946: Sandjar
  • 1947: Djeddah
  • 1948: no race
  • 1949: Fort Napoleon
  • 1950: Le Tyrol
  • 1951: Pharad
  • 1952: Fort de France
  • 1953: Albanilla
  • 1954: Soleil Royal
  • 1955: Janiari
  • 1956: Achaz
  • 1957: Bella Paola
  • 1958: Floriana
  • 1959: Djebel Traffic
  • 1960: Star
  • 1961: Lebon M L
  • 1962: Neptune's Doll
  • 1963: Soleil d'Or
  • 1964: Sea Bird
  • 1965: Hauban
  • 1966: Gazala
  • 1967: Pola Bella
  • 1968: Rimesault
  • 1969: Faraway Son
  • 1970: Round Top
  • 1971: Steel Pulse
  • 1972: Rose Laurel
  • 1973: Wittgenstein
  • 1974: Speedy Dakota
  • 1975: Earth Spirit
  • 1976: Perello
  • 1977: Vallee des Fleurs 2

1 Jopp finished first in 1926, but was relegated to second place following a stewards' inquiry.
2 Cosmopolitan was first in 1977, but he was placed second after a stewards' inquiry.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "European Pattern Committee announces changes to the 2015 European Programme". britishhorseracing.com. Retrieved 16 October 2015.