Critérium de Saint-Cloud

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Critérium de Saint-Cloud
Group 1 race
Location Saint-Cloud Racecourse
Saint-Cloud, France
Inaugurated 1901
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 2,000 metres (1¼ miles)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Two-year-olds
excluding geldings
Weight 57 kg
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies
Purse €250,000 (2016)
1st: €142,850
Critérium de Saint-Cloud
2016
Royal blue Claret, gold braid, claret sleeves, claret cap, gold tassel Dark blue
Thunder Snow South Seas Promise To Be True

The Critérium de Saint-Cloud is a Group 1 flat horse race in France open to two-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies. It is run at Saint-Cloud over a distance of 2,000 metres (about 1¼ miles), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late October or early November.

History[edit]

The event was established in 1901, and it was originally held in September. It was initially contested over 1,400 metres, and was extended to 2,000 metres in 1906.

The race was abandoned throughout World War I, with no running from 1914 to 1919. It was cut to 1,600 metres in 1920, and restored to 2,000 metres in 1924.

Due to the closure of its venue during World War II, the Critérium de Saint-Cloud was not run from 1939 to 1945. It was staged at Longchamp in 1954.

The present system of race grading was introduced in 1971, and the Critérium de Saint-Cloud was given Group 2 status. It was promoted to Group 1 level in 1987.

Prior to 2015 the event was run in mid-November and was Europe's last Group 1 flat race of the year. In 2015 it was moved to a date a week earlier as part of a series of changes to autumn races for two-year-olds and is now run on the same day as another Group 1 race, the Critérium International.[1]

Records[edit]

Leading jockey (6 wins):

  • Yves Saint-MartinFire Crest (1967), Rheffic (1970), Ribecourt (1973), Tarek (1977), Darshaan (1983), Mouktar (1984)
  • Dominique BoeufPistolet Bleu (1990), Glaieuil (1991), Marchand de Sable (1992), Spadoun (1998), Goldamix (1999), Voix du Nord (2003)

Leading trainer (8 wins):

  • François Mathet – Telegram (1949), Bingo (1952), Pas de Deux (1955), Upstart (1957), Le Francais (1960), Saraca (1968), Rheffic (1970), Simbir (1972)

Leading owner (5 wins): (includes part ownership)

  • Sue MagnierBallingarry (2001), Alberto Giacometti (2002), Fame and Glory (2008), Recital (2010), Waldgeist (2016)

Winners since 1978[edit]

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1978 Callio Alain Badel Jean Sens Jerome Bossuyt 2:10.80
1979 Providential Freddy Head François Boutin Bertram Firestone 2:22.70
1980 The Wonder Alfred Gibert Jacques de Chevigny Mrs Alain du Breil 2:18.70
1981 Bon Sang Alfred Gibert Mitri Saliba Mahmoud Fustok 2:17.60
1982 Escaline Maurice Philipperon John Fellows Mrs John Fellows 2:26.90
1983 Darshaan Yves Saint-Martin Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:07.40
1984 Mouktar Yves Saint-Martin Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:25.00
1985 Fast Topaze Alain Badel Georges Mikhalidès Mahmoud Fustok 2:15.50
1986 Magistros Eric Legrix Guy Bonnaventure Patrick Coudert 2:23.90
1987 Waki River Alain Lequeux Bernard Sécly Jacki Clérico 2:20.60
1988 Miserden Pat Eddery André Fabre Khalid Abdullah 2:16.40
1989 Intimiste [a] Gérald Mossé François Boutin Niccolò Incisa Rocchetta 2:19.30
1990 Pistolet Bleu Dominique Boeuf Elie Lellouche Daniel Wildenstein 2:17.80
1991 Glaieul Dominique Boeuf Elie Lellouche Daniel Wildenstein 2:20.30
1992 Marchand de Sable Dominique Boeuf Elie Lellouche Luigi de Angeli 2:19.40
1993 Sunshack Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Khalid Abdullah 2:15.20
1994 Poliglote Freddy Head Criquette Head Jacques Wertheimer 2:19.40
1995 Polaris Flight John Reid Peter Chapple-Hyam Richard Kaster 2:13.70
1996 Shaka Jean-René Dubosc Jean-Claude Rouget Robert Bousquet 2:15.80
1997 Special Quest Olivier Doleuze Criquette Head Wertheimer et Frère 2:11.30
1998 Spadoun Dominique Boeuf Carlos Laffon-Parias Jose Gonzalez 2:21.50
1999 Goldamix Dominique Boeuf Carlos Laffon-Parias Wertheimer et Frère 2:15.70
2000 Sagacity Olivier Peslier André Fabre Jean-Luc Lagardère 2:17.80
2001 Ballingarry Jamie Spencer Aidan O'Brien Sue Magnier 2:24.60
2002 Alberto Giacometti Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Sue Magnier 2:25.90
2003 Voix du Nord Dominique Boeuf David Smaga Thierry van Zuylen 2:16.00
2004 Paita Andreas Suborics Mario Hofer Hofer / Steigenberger 2:19.00
2005 Linda's Lad Christophe Soumillon André Fabre Sean Mulryan 2:23.30
2006 Passage of Time Richard Hughes Henry Cecil Khalid Abdullah 2:08.90
2007 Full of Gold Thierry Gillet Criquette Head-Maarek Alec Head 2:18.10
2008 Fame and Glory Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien Smith / Magnier / Tabor 2:19.90
2009 Passion for Gold Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 2:19.10
2010 Recital Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor et al. 2:24:80
2011 Mandaean Maxime Guyon André Fabre Godolphin 2:20:20
2012 Morandi Maxime Guyon Jean-Claude Rouget Daniel-Yves Trèves 2:25.30
2013 Prince Gibraltar Christophe Soumillon Jean-Claude Rouget Jean-Francois Gribomont 2:26.25
2014 Epicuris Thierry Thulliez Criquette Head Khalid Abdullah 2:17.41
2015 Robin Of Navan Tony Piccone Harry Dunlop Cross, Deal, Foden, Sieff 2:15.46
2016 Waldgeist Pierre-Charles Boudot André Fabre Ammerland / Newsells / Magnier 2:12.73

a Snurge finished first in 1989, but he was relegated to second place following a stewards' inquiry.

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1901: Illinois
  • 1902: Marigold
  • 1903: Maidensblush
  • 1904: Fier
  • 1905: Belle Fleur
  • 1906: La Belle
  • 1907: Talo Biribil
  • 1908: Clinquant
  • 1909: Hunyade
  • 1910: Matchless
  • 1911: Mongolie
  • 1912: La Ribaude
  • 1913: Regent's Park
  • 1914–19: no race
  • 1920: Black Larry
  • 1921: Rocking Chair
  • 1922: Sylvan
  • 1923: Fetz el Rih
  • 1924: Sizain
  • 1925: Becassine
  • 1926: Eneas
  • 1927: Motrico
  • 1928: Cordial
  • 1929: La Voulzie
  • 1930: Barneveldt
  • 1931: De Beers / Incessu Patuit *
  • 1932: Amador
  • 1933: El Lando
  • 1934: Skiff
  • 1935: Treignac
  • 1936: Tonnelle
  • 1937: Canot
  • 1938: Tricameron
  • 1939–45: no race
  • 1946: Rhetorius
  • 1947:
  • 1948:
  • 1949: Telegram
  • 1950: Aquino
  • 1951:
  • 1952: Bingo
  • 1953: Sica Boy
  • 1954: Ahmose
  • 1955: Pas de Deux
  • 1956: Lofoten
  • 1957: Upstart
  • 1958: Le Loup Garou
  • 1959: Marella
  • 1960: Le Francais
  • 1961: Tracy
  • 1962: Ad Valorem
  • 1963: Le Fabuleux
  • 1964: Carvin
  • 1965: Sea Hawk
  • 1966: Pointille
  • 1967: Fire Crest
  • 1968: Saraca
  • 1969: Stintino
  • 1970: Rheffic
  • 1971: Gay Saint
  • 1972: Simbir
  • 1973: Ribecourt
  • 1974: Easy Regent
  • 1975: Kano
  • 1976: Conglomerat
  • 1977: Tarek

* The 1931 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "European Pattern Committee announces changes to the 2015 European Programme". britishhorseracing.com. Retrieved 8 October 2015.