La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte

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La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte
Group 3 race
Trepan (Horse).jpg
Trepan, winner in 1975, oil on canvas painted by Bob Demuyser (1920-2003)
Location Maisons-Laffitte
France
Inaugurated 1906
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 2,000 metres (1¼ miles)
Surface Turf
Track Straight
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight 54 kg (3yo); 57 kg (4yo+)
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies and mares
Penalties
3 kg for Group 1 winners *
3 kg if two Group 2 wins *
2 kg if one Group 2 win *
2 kg if two Group 3 wins *
1 kg if one Group 3 win *
* since January 1
Purse €80,000 (2016)
1st: €40,000

La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte is a Group 3 flat horse race in France open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at Maisons-Laffitte over a distance of 2,000 metres (about 1¼ miles), and it is scheduled to take place each year in September.

History[edit]

The event was established in 1906, and it was originally called La Coupe d'Or. One of its early trophies was a gold cup with two ivory figures sculpted by Henri Allouard. It was later decided that such valuable trophies would only be awarded to owners who won the race three times within twelve years, but this was never achieved.

La Coupe d'Or was abandoned throughout World War I. There was no running from 1914 to 1918. One person owns the 1908 Gold Cup in its original condition. I also have an original oil painting of Seasick, the horse that won the race. Painting done by Emil Adam in 1908. I will attempt to post pictures of these items shortly.

The race was cancelled twice during World War II, in 1939 and 1940. The trophy scheme was discarded in 1941, and from this point the event was titled La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte. It was held at Longchamp in 1941 and 1942, and at Le Tremblay in 1944. It went back to Longchamp in 1945, and returned to Maisons-Laffitte in 1946.

The distance of the race has remained unchanged throughout its history.

Records[edit]

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Jocker – 1948, 1949
  • Fair Mix – 2002, 2004
  • Musical Way – 2006, 2007

Leading jockey (5 wins):

  • Roger PoinceletCordon Rouge (1943), Un Gaillard (1944), Oural (1946), Dalama (1961), Tout Fait (1965)

Leading trainer (5 wins):

  • André FabreNasr El Arab (1988), Tel Quel (1991), Dernier Empereur (1994), Fractional (2014), Agol Lack (2000)
  • René Pelat – Cordon Rouge (1943), Oural (1946), Jocker (1948, 1949), Jolly Friar (1954)

Leading owner (4 wins):

  • Marcel BoussacPriam (1945), Pharsale (1952), Dalama (1961), Locris (1970)
  • Sheikh MohammedNasr El Arab (1988), Tel Quel (1991), Knifebox (1992), Lord of Men (1998)

Winners since 1980[edit]

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1980 Discretion 4 Maurice Philipperon John Cunnington, Jr. Sir Michael Sobell
1981 Glenorum 4 Alain Lequeux David Smaga Helen Stollery
1982 Coquelin 3 Cash Asmussen François Boutin Stavros Niarchos
1983 Bylly the Kid 7 Serge Prou Raymond Touflan Yves Duffaut
1984 Estrapade 4 Alain Lequeux Maurice Zilber Bruce McNall 2:08.60
1985 Palace Music 4 Eric Legrix Patrick Biancone Nelson Bunker Hunt 2:02.00
1986 Antheus 4 Gary W. Moore Criquette Head Jacques Wertheimer
1987 Tabayaan 3 Yves Saint-Martin Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV
1988 Nasr El Arab 3 Eric Legrix André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 2:01.60
1989 Petrullo 4 Guy Guignard Richard Casey C. A. Webster 2:03.80
1990 Dr Somerville 3 Freddy Head Criquette Head Maktoum Al Maktoum 2:06.00
1991 Tel Quel 3 Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed
1992 Knifebox 4 Darryll Holland John Gosden Sheikh Mohammed 2:03.20
1993 Hatoof 4 Walter Swinburn Criquette Head Maktoum Al Maktoum 2:08.00
1994 Dernier Empereur 4 Sylvain Guillot André Fabre Gary Tanaka 2:04.10
1995 Gunboat Diplomacy 4 Olivier Peslier Elie Lellouche Daniel Wildenstein 2:06.20
1996 Running Flame 4 Olivier Peslier John Hammond Gary Biszantz 2:06.30
1997 Turning Wheel 4 Cash Asmussen Dominique Sépulchre Niarchos Family 2:06.70
1998 Lord of Men 5 Frankie Dettori John Gosden Sheikh Mohammed 2:00.80
1999 Chelsea Manor 3 Thierry Thulliez Pascal Bary Khalid Abdullah 2:06.10
2000 Agol Lack 4 Olivier Peslier André Fabre Sultan Al Kabeer 1:59.90
2001 Jim and Tonic 7 Thierry Thulliez François Doumen John Martin 2:05.50
2002 Fair Mix 4 Stéphane Pasquier Marcel Rolland Ecurie Week-End 2:03.30
2003 Gruntled 4 Thierry Gillet John Hammond Ecurie Chalhoub 2:01.60
2004 Fair Mix 6 Stéphane Pasquier Marcel Rolland Mrs Joseph Shalam 1:59.40
2005 Prospect Park 4 Olivier Peslier Carlos Laffon-Parias Wertheimer et Frère 2:05.40
2006 Musical Way 4 Ronan Thomas Philippe van de Poele S. Constantinidis 1:59.70
2007 Musical Way 5 Ronan Thomas Philippe van de Poele S. Constantinidis 2:03.20
2008 Pallodio 3 Davy Bonilla John Hammond Anne-Marie Springer 2:04.70
2009 Chinchon 4 Gérald Mossé Carlos Laffon-Parias SARL Darpat France 2:01.90
2010 Akarlina 4 Thierry Thulliez Nicolas Clément Nicolas Clément 2:07.20
2011 One Clever Cat 5 Christophe Soumillon Tony Clout Patrick Hendrickx 2:03.10
2012 Maxios 4 Stéphane Pasquier Jonathan Pease Niarchos Family 2:03.30
2013 Cirrus des Aigles 7 Christophe Soumillon Corine Barande-Barbe Jean-Claude Dupouy 2:11.19
2014 Fractional 5 Maxime Guyon André Fabre Godolphin 2:06.35
2015 Gailo Chop 4 Christophe Soumillon Antoine de Watrigant OTI Management Pty Ltd 2:03.06
2016 Banzari 4 Alexis Badel Henri-Francois Devin Rebecca Hillen 2:09.58

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1906: Maintenon
  • 1907: Ben
  • 1908: Sea Sick
  • 1909: Syphon
  • 1910: Le Rubicon
  • 1911: Cadet Roussel
  • 1912: Martial
  • 1913: Nimbus
  • 1914–18: no race
  • 1919: Bambino
  • 1920: Le Rapin
  • 1921: Harpocrate
  • 1922: Bahadur
  • 1923: Scopas
  • 1924: Scaramouche
  • 1925: Ptolemy
  • 1926: Apelle
  • 1927: Iberia
  • 1928: Javelot
  • 1929: Kantara
  • 1930: Parth for Ever
  • 1931: Sans Ame
  • 1932: Jus de Raisin 1
  • 1933: Magnus
  • 1934: Sa Parade
  • 1935: Rarity
  • 1936: Davout
  • 1937: Frexo
  • 1938: Khasnadar
  • 1939–40: no race
  • 1941: Triancourt
  • 1942: Fair Love
  • 1943: Cordon Rouge
  • 1944: Un Gaillard
  • 1945: Priam
  • 1946: Oural
  • 1947: L'Imperial
  • 1948: Jocker
  • 1949: Jocker
  • 1950: Violoncelle
  • 1951:
  • 1952: Pharsale
  • 1953: Cosmos
  • 1954: Jolly Friar
  • 1955: The Parson
  • 1956: Cobetto
  • 1957: Franc Luron
  • 1958: Fric
  • 1959:
  • 1960: Point d'Amour
  • 1961: Dalama
  • 1962: Djebel Traffic
  • 1963: Monade
  • 1964: Trac / Visavis 2
  • 1965: Tout Fait
  • 1966: Prominer / Red Vagabonde 2
  • 1967: A Tempo
  • 1968: Batitu
  • 1969: Karabas
  • 1970: Locris
  • 1971: Gold Rod
  • 1972: Tratteggio
  • 1973: Amadou
  • 1974: Wittgenstein
  • 1975: Trepan
  • 1976: Iron Duke
  • 1977: Dona Barod
  • 1978: Rusticaro
  • 1979: Look Fast

1 The 1932 race finished as a dead-heat between Fenolo and Jus de Raisin, but a winner was decided by a run-off.
2 The 1964 and 1966 races were dead-heats and have joint winners.

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