Critérium International (horse race)
|Group 1 race|
|Race type||Flat / Thoroughbred|
|Distance||1,400 metres (7 furlongs)|
1½ kg for fillies
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.
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. In 2018 the race was transferred from Saint-Cloud to Longchamp.
Leading jockey (4 wins):
- Christophe Soumillon – Dalakhani (2002), Carlotamix (2005), Thunder Snow (2016), Royal Meeting (2018)
Leading trainer (4 wins):
- Aidan O'Brien – Mount Nelson (2006), Jan Vermeer (2009), Roderic O'Connor (2010), Johannes Vermeer (2015)
Leading owner (4 wins): (includes part ownership)
- Sue Magnier / Derrick Smith / Michael Tabor – Mount Nelson (2006), Jan Vermeer (2009), Roderic O'Connor (2010), Johannes Vermeer (2015)
|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|
|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|
|2018||Royal Meeting[b]||Christophe Soumillon||Saeed bin Suroor||Godolphin||1:27.19|
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
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