Critérium International (horse race)

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Critérium International
Group 1 race
LocationLongchamp Racecourse
Paris, France
Inaugurated2001
Race typeFlat / Thoroughbred
Websitefrance-galop.com
Race information
Distance1,400 metres (7 furlongs)
SurfaceTurf
TrackLeft-handed
QualificationTwo-year-olds
excluding geldings
Weight57 kg
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies
Purse€250,000 (2018)
1st: €142,850
Critérium International
2018
Royal blue Royal Blue, Orange disc, striped sleeves, royal blue cap, orange stripes White, white sleeves, purple cap
Royal Meeting Hermosa Graignes

The Critérium International is a Group 1 flat horse race in France open to two-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies. It is run at Longchamp over a distance of 1,400 metres (about 7 furlongs), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late October or early November.[1]

History[edit]

The event was established at Saint-Cloudin 2001, when it was introduced as part of a restructured program for juveniles in France and replaced the Prix de la Salamandre which was discontinued in 2000. It was given the same title as a race held annually at Longchamp from 1893 to 1910. The modern race was originally run over 1,600 furlongs but was reduced to 1,400 metres in 2015 as part of a series of changes to autumn races for two-year-olds.[2] In 2018 the race was transferred from Saint-Cloud to Longchamp.[3]

The current version of the Critérium International often features horses which ran previously in the Prix des Chênes or the Prix Thomas Bryon.[4]

Records[edit]

Leading jockey (4 wins):

  • Christophe SoumillonDalakhani (2002), Carlotamix (2005), Thunder Snow (2016), Royal Meeting (2018)

Leading trainer (4 wins):

  • Aidan O'BrienMount Nelson (2006), Jan Vermeer (2009), Roderic O'Connor (2010), Johannes Vermeer (2015)

Leading owner (4 wins): (includes part ownership)

  • Sue Magnier / Derrick Smith / Michael TaborMount Nelson (2006), Jan Vermeer (2009), Roderic O'Connor (2010), Johannes Vermeer (2015)


Winners[edit]

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Owner Time
2001 Act One Thierry Gillet Jonathan Pease Gerald Leigh 1:47.10
2002 Dalakhani Christophe Soumillon Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 1:52.00
2003 Bago Thierry Gillet Jonathan Pease Niarchos Family 1:47.00
2004 Helios Quercus Alexandre Roussel Cyriaque Diard Thierry Maudet 1:45.30
2005 Carlotamix Christophe Soumillon André Fabre HH Aga Khan IV 1:45.40
2006 Mount Nelson Seamie Heffernan Aidan O'Brien Smith / Tabor / Magnier 1:41.30
2007 Thewayyouare Stéphane Pasquier André Fabre Sean Mulryan 1:45.30
2008 Zafisio Dominique Boeuf Paul Blockley Hugh Downs 1:46.10
2009 Jan Vermeer Colm O'Donoghue Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Smith / Magnier 1:45.60
2010 Roderic O'Connor Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor et al. 1:45.70
2011 French Fifteen Thierry Thulliez Nicolas Clément Raymond Tooth 1:43.50
2012 Loch Garman Kevin Manning Jim Bolger Mrs J. S. Bolger 1:52.70[5]
2013 Ectot Gregory Benoist Elie Lellouche G Augustin-Normand & E Vidal 1:43.11
2014 Vert De Grece Umberto Rispoli Roger Varian Britannia Thoroughbreds 1 1:43.16
2015 Johannes Vermeer Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Smith / Magnier / Ah Khing 1:30.15
2016 Thunder Snow Christophe Soumillon Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 1:28.20
2017 no race[a]
2018 Royal Meeting[b] Christophe Soumillon Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 1:27.19
  1. ^ The 2017 running was abandoned due to protests at Saint-Cloud.[6]
  2. ^ The 2018 running took place at Chantilly to allow track maintenance to take place at Longchamp[7]

Longchamp 1893–1910[edit]

The original Critérium International at Longchamp was also for two-year-olds. It was contested on a straight track over 1,100 metres. It was held on the first or second Saturday in October. The prize money was 25,000 francs (equivalent to €78,500).

  • 1893: Bayadere
  • 1894: Fragola
  • 1895: Hero
  • 1896: Atys
  • 1897: Cazabat
  • 1898: Perth
  • 1899: Semendria
  • 1900: Pierre Infernale
  • 1901: Derbouka
  • 1902: Mireille
  • 1903: Gouvernant
  • 1904: Jardy
  • 1905: Blue Fly
  • 1906: Calomel
  • 1907: Halima
  • 1908: Azalee
  • 1909: Marsa
  • 1910: Blina[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Criterium International 2015 conditions". horseracingintfed.com. Retrieved 2015-11-01.
  2. ^ "European Pattern Committee announces changes to the 2015 European Programme". britishhorseracing.com. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Changes Afoot For French Racing Programme". Thoroughbred Daily News. 16 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Criterium International history". france-galop.com. Retrieved 2013-02-06.
  5. ^ "Criterium International winners". galopp-sieger.de. Retrieved 2013-02-06.
  6. ^ Burton, Scott. "Saint-Cloud shock: course protesters lead to Group 1 meeting being called off". Racing Post. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  7. ^ Burton, Scott (12 October 2018). "Longchamp loses final pair of Group 1s as ground maintenance takes priority". Racing Post.
  8. ^ "CRITERIUM INTERNATIONAL (1893-1903) - LONGCHAMP FRANCE". Pedigreequery.com. Retrieved 2013-02-06.