Gran Criterium

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Gran Criterium
Group 2 race
Location San Siro Racecourse
Milan, Italy
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website San Siro
Race information
Distance 1,500 metres (1 mile)
Surface Turf
Track Right-handed
Qualification Two-year-olds
excluding geldings
Weight 56 kg
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies
Purse €275,000 (2016)
1st: €80,750

The Gran Criterium is a Group 2 flat horse race in Italy open to two-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies. It is run at Milan over a distance of 1,500 metres (about 1 mile), and it is scheduled to take place each year in October.

The event held Group 2 status for a period in the 1970s. It was subsequently promoted, and was Italy's only Group 1 race for juvenile horses. It was downgraded back to Group 2 from 2014.[1]

Records[edit]

Leading jockey since 1970 (6 wins):

  • Gianfranco DettoriGay Lussac (1971), El Muleta (1977), Stouci (1978), Pareo (1979), Anguillo (1982), Sikeston (1988)

Leading trainer since 1980 (4 wins):

  • John DunlopSanam (1986), Sikeston (1988), Alhijaz (1991), Hello (1996)

Leading owner since 1980 (3 wins):

  • Prince A. A. Faisal – Sanam (1986), Alhijaz (1991), Nayarra (2011)

Winners since 1980[edit]

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1980 Glint of Gold John Matthias Ian Balding Paul Mellon 1:44.00
1981 Grease Antonio di Nardo Gaetano Benetti Antonio Boesso 1:44.80
1982 Anguillo Gianfranco Dettori Alduino Botti Scuderia Cieffedi 1:43.40
1983 Northern Tempest Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute Sheikh Mohammed 1:38.20
1984 Will Dancer Sergio Fancera Alduino Botti Scuderia Siba 1:40.80
1985 Tanque Verde Steve Cauthen Frank Turner Scuderia Beta 1:40.70
1986 Sanam Willie Carson John Dunlop Prince A. A. Faisal 1:39.90
1987 Tibullo Marco Paganini G. Maggi Scuderia Cieffedi 1:47.10
1988 Sikeston Gianfranco Dettori John Dunlop Allevamento White Star 1:44.20
1989 Candy Glen Guy Guignard Chris Wall Antonio Balzarini 1:39.10
1990 Steamer Duck Guy Guignard Criquette Head Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:47.70
1991 Alhijaz Lester Piggott John Dunlop Prince A. A. Faisal 1:42.40
1992 Pelder Santiago Soto Luciano d'Auria Lady M Stable 1:47.60
1993 Torrismondo Richard Quinn Paul Cole 9th Viscount Portman 1:50.70
1994 Golden Glenstal Mario Esposito Giuliano Fratini Scuderia Golden Horse 1:48.00
1995 Glory of Dancer Olivier Peslier Fabio Brogi Scuderia General Horse 1:39.10
1996 Hello Fernando Jovine John Dunlop Philip Wroughton 1:44.60
1997 Lend a Hand Jason Weaver Mark Johnston Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:37.20
1998 Noble Pearl Stephen Davies Wilfried Kujath Stall Haferkasten 1:43.30
1999 Night Style Gary Carter Ed Dunlop Mohammed Jaber 1:37.30
2000 Count Dubois Basil Marcus William Haggas Wentworth Racing Ltd 1:44.70
2001 Sholokhov Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor 1:45.80
2002 Spartacus Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Sue Magnier 1:44.50
2003 Pearl of Love Darryll Holland Mark Johnston Mick Doyle 1:40.10
2004 Königstiger Filip Minarik Peter Schiergen Gestüt Schlenderhan 1:42.30
2005 Lateral William Mongil Peter Schiergen Gestüt Fährhof 1:42.70
2006 Kirklees Frankie Dettori Mark Johnston Sheikh Mohammed 1:39.90
2007 Scintillo Ryan Moore Richard Hannon Sr. White Beech Farm 1:38.20
2008 no race [a]
2009 Hearts of Fire Olivier Peslier Pat Eddery Pat Eddery Racing 1:38.90
2010 Biondetti Ahmed Ajtebi Mahmood Al Zarooni Godolphin 1:41.50
2011 Nayarra Martin Dwyer Mick Channon Prince A. A. Faisal 1:35.70
2012 Law Enforcement Stéphane Pasquier Richard Hannon Sr. M. S. Al Shahi 1:37.10
2013 Priore Philip Umberto Rispoli Stefano Botti Scuderia Ste Ma 1:36.60
2014 Hero Look Fabio Branca Stefano Botti Scuderia Effevi 1:38.40
2015 Biz Heart Carlo Fiocchi Stefano Botti We Bloodstock Srl 1:46.00
2016 Skarino Gold Michael Cadeddu Jean-Pierre Carvalho Phoenix Stable 1:33.00

a The 2008 running was cancelled because of a strike.

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1925: Scopello
  • 1926: Francavilla
  • 1927: Erba
  • 1928: Aruntius
  • 1929: Gerard
  • 1930: Alena
  • 1931: Jacopa del Sellaio
  • 1932: Dossa Dossi
  • 1933: Osimo
  • 1934: Fiume
  • 1935: Archidamia
  • 1936: Donatello II
  • 1937: Nearco
  • 1938: Bautta
  • 1939: Sabla
  • 1940: Niccolo dell'Arca
  • 1941: Donatella
  • 1943: Liston
  • 1944: Accorta
  • 1945: Campiello
  • 1946: Este
  • 1947: Trevisana
  • 1948: Mignard
  • 1949: Stigliano
  • 1950: Daumier
  • 1951: Arson
  • 1952: Dacia
  • 1953: Orvieto
  • 1954: Ribot
  • 1955: Hidalgo
  • 1956: Antony
  • 1957: Pier Capponi
  • 1958: Rio Marin
  • 1959: Marguerite Vernaut
  • 1960: Molvedo
  • 1961: Olimpio
  • 1962: Vinteuil
  • 1963: Crylor
  • 1964: Tadolina
  • 1965: Prince Tady
  • 1966: Amynthas
  • 1967: Caspoggio
  • 1968: Toupet
  • 1969: Viani
  • 1970: Lascro
  • 1971: Gay Lussac
  • 1972: New Model
  • 1973: Anquetil
  • 1974: Start
  • 1975: Northern Spring
  • 1976: Sirlad
  • 1977: El Muleta
  • 1978: Stouci
  • 1979: Pareo

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