Grand Prix de Vichy-Auvergne

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Grand Prix de Vichy-Auvergne
Group 3 race
Location Vichy Racecourse
Vichy, France
Inaugurated 1875
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 2,000 metres (1¼ miles)
Surface Turf
Track Right-handed
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight 53½ kg (3yo); 58 kg (4yo+)
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies and mares
Penalties
4 kg for Group 1 winners *
3 kg for Group 2 winners *
2 kg for Group 3 winners *
* since January 1
Purse €80,000 (2016)
1st: €40,000

The Grand Prix de Vichy-Auvergne is a Group 3 flat horse race in France open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at Vichy over a distance of 2,000 metres (about 1¼ miles), and it is scheduled to take place each year in July.

History[edit]

The event was established in 1875, and it was originally called the Grand Prix de Vichy. It was run as a handicap until 1899, and during this period its distance was frequently modified. For several years thereafter it was titled the Grand Prix International du Cercle de Vichy. It was abandoned in 1907, and became known as the Grand Prix de la Ville de Vichy the following year.

The title was appended with "et de la Société de Sport de France" in 1958. The Société de Sport de France owned the racecourse, and later merged with similar organisations to form France Galop.

The event reverted to its original name in 1965, and was run as a handicap in 1970. It was given Group 3 status in 1976.

The name of the region where Vichy is located, Auvergne, was added to the title in 2005.

The race has been contested over various distances, with spells over 2,600 metres (1900–41, 1943–64, 1966–75), 2,400 metres (1976–91) and 2,000 metres (1992–present).

Records[edit]

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Shikani – 1960, 1961
  • Perouges – 1979, 1980
  • Marildo – 1993, 1995
  • Touch of Land – 2005, 2006

Leading jockey (5 wins):

  • Christophe SoumillonKerrygold (2000), Vangelis (2003), Bailador (2004), Daly Daly (2009), Saga Dream (2013)

Leading trainer (4 wins):

  • James Cunnington – Marichette (1881), Dacis (1891), Machiavel (1898), Kerlaz (1900)
  • Robert Denman – Gouvernant (1904), Marsa (1910), Checkmate (1923), Alguazil (1926, dead-heat)
  • Antoine Lassard – Yakoba (1934), Ortolan (1935), Champittet (1941), Clodoche (1943)

Leading owner (7 wins):

  • Marcel BoussacGrillemont (1924, dead-heat), Alguazil (1926, dead-heat), Thaouka (1932), Dadji (1937), Coaraze (1947), Amphis (1952), Shaker (1954)

Winners since 1979[edit]

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1979 Perouges 4 Jacques Le Deunf Alain Lyon André Rivière
1980 Perouges 5 Jacques Le Deunf Alain Lyon André Rivière
1981 Lord Jack 4 Jean Massard Henri Gleizes Mrs François Elion
1982 Karkour 4 Yves Saint-Martin Joseph Audon Ecurie Manhattan
1983 Terreno 5 Yves Saint-Martin François Boutin Gerry Oldham
1984 Nature 6 Jean Massard François Elion Mrs Jean Carlier
1985 Lauville 4 Guy Guignard Gérard Philippeau Marie-Louise Blain
1986 Agent Double 5 Gary W. Moore Criquette Head Jacques Wertheimer
1987 Sarepta 6 Robert Laplanche Louis Boulard Jacques Bedel 2:25.70
1988 Altashar 3 Eric Saint-Martin Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:29.45
1989 Prince Ruffian 4 Cash Asmussen François Bellenger Dominique Boulloche 2:34.40
1990 North Col 3 Tony Cruz Jonathan Pease Simon Emmet 2:29.00
1991 Danae de Brule 4 Robert Laplanche Maurice Prod'homme Léon Seile 2:34.50
1992 Goofalik 5 Cash Asmussen John Hammond David Thompson 2:03.30
1993 Marildo 6 Guy Guignard David Smaga David Smaga 2:02.30
1994 Mint Crisp 4 Olivier Doleuze Dominique Sépulchre Mrs A. Rogers 2:08.70
1995 Marildo 8 Guy Guignard David Smaga David Smaga 2:05.50
1996 Bulington 4 Cash Asmussen Henri-Alex Pantall Philippe Pierry 2:04.20
1997 Baroud d'Honneur 4 Franck Blondel Jean-François Bernard Axelle Nègre 2:05.10
1998 Steward 5 Sylvain Guillot Dominique Sépulchre Georges Coude 2:06.50
1999 Victory Cry 3 Olivier Peslier André Fabre Daniel Wildenstein 2:05.30
2000 Kerrygold 4 Christophe Soumillon Pascal Bary Antonia Devin 2:08.60
2001 Boismorand 5 Vincent Vion Melchior Mathet Maurice Clifford 2:09.20
2002 Cheshire 5 Yutaka Take John Hammond Peter Willmott 2:06.40
2003 Vangelis 4 Christophe Soumillon Alain de Royer-Dupré Napping Ltd 2:08.90
2004 Bailador 4 Christophe Soumillon André Fabre Edouard de Rothschild 2:08.64
2005 Touch of Land 5 Christophe Lemaire Henri-Alex Pantall Gary Tanaka 2:03.80
2006 Touch of Land 6 Olivier Peslier Henri-Alex Pantall Gary Tanaka 2:10.19
2007 Atlantic Air 5 Thierry Thulliez Yves de Nicolay Antonia Devin 2:35.15
2008 Hapsburg 4 Ioritz Mendizabal Eric Libaud Jean Luck 2:05.45
2009 Daly Daly 5 Christophe Soumillon Robert Laplanche Bernard Giraudon 2:12.12
2010 Agent Secret 4 François-Xavier Bertras François Rohaut Raoul Temam 2:15.12
2011 Cirrus des Aigles 5 Franck Blondel Corine Barande-Barbe Jean-Claude Dupouy 2:14.00
2012 No Risk at All 5 Ioritz Mendizabal Jean-Paul Gallorini Jean-Paul Gallorini 2:06.82
2013 Saga Dream 7 Christophe Soumillon Freddy Lemercier Freddy Lemercier 2:07.79
2014 Hippy 6 Eric Libaud Pierre-Charles Boudot Jacques Seror 2:10.18
2015 Elliptique 4 Amelie Foulon André Fabre Rothschild Family 2:07.48
2016 Night Wish 6 Tony Piccone Sarah Steinberg Stall Salzburg 2:05.17
2017 Best Fouad 6 Christophe Soumillon Francois Rohaut LG Bloodstock 2:05.38

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1875: Damoiseau
  • 1876: Mondaine
  • 1877: Giboulee
  • 1878: Le Marquis
  • 1879: Gift
  • 1880:
  • 1881: Marichette
  • 1882–85: no race
  • 1886: Prytanee
  • 1887: Ary
  • 1888: Bocage
  • 1889: Etretat
  • 1890: Belle Dame
  • 1891: Dacis
  • 1892: Le Cordouan
  • 1893:
  • 1894: Lanterne Magique
  • 1895: Feuillet
  • 1896:
  • 1897:
  • 1898: Machiavel
  • 1899:
  • 1900: Kerlaz
  • 1901: Lady Killer
  • 1902: Red Cedar
  • 1903: Alpha
  • 1904: Gouvernant
  • 1905: Rataplan
  • 1906: Eider
  • 1907: no race
  • 1908: Roi Herode
  • 1909: Chulo
  • 1910: Marsa
  • 1911: Dor
  • 1912: Predicateur
  • 1913: Tripolette
  • 1914–19: no race
  • 1920: Astypalee
  • 1921: Herlies
  • 1922: Harpocrate
  • 1923: Checkmate
  • 1924: Grillemont / Seclin 1
  • 1925: Momus
  • 1926: Alguazil / Javelot 1
  • 1927: Juveilin
  • 1928: Rovigo
  • 1929: Frolic 2
  • 1930: Guernanville
  • 1931: Hetre Pourpre
  • 1932: Thaouka
  • 1933: Casterari
  • 1934: Yakoba
  • 1935: Ortolan
  • 1936: Vatellor
  • 1937: Dadji
  • 1938: Eclair au Chocolat
  • 1939: Transtevere
  • 1940: no race
  • 1941: Champittet
  • 1942: Tambourin
  • 1943: Clodoche
  • 1944: no race
  • 1945: Achille
  • 1946:
  • 1947: Coaraze
  • 1948: Pegase
  • 1949: Astragram
  • 1950: Monticola
  • 1951: Ombrette
  • 1952: Amphis
  • 1953: Romantisme
  • 1954: Shaker
  • 1955: Bewitched
  • 1956: Cambremer
  • 1957: Jockero
  • 1958: Makalu
  • 1959: Wolfram
  • 1960: Shikani
  • 1961: Shikani
  • 1962: Karol
  • 1963: Signora
  • 1964: Amertume
  • 1965: Carvin
  • 1966: Cantilius
  • 1967: Dan Kano
  • 1968: Crozier
  • 1969: Manitoba
  • 1970:
  • 1971:
  • 1972: Royal Land
  • 1973: Sophora
  • 1974: Authi
  • 1975: Ambrellita
  • 1976: Diagramatic
  • 1977: Guadanini
  • 1978: Tempus Fugit

1 The 1924 and 1926 races were dead-heats and have joint winners.
2 Le Chatelet finished first in 1929, but he was disqualified for obstruction.

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