Prix Foy

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Prix Foy
Group 2 race
Location Longchamp Racecourse
Paris, France
Inaugurated 1955
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Qatar
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 2,400 metres (1½ miles)
Surface Turf
Track Right-handed
Qualification Four-years-old and up
excluding geldings
Weight 58 kg
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies and mares
Purse €130,000 (2016)
1st: €74,100

The Prix Foy is a Group 2 flat horse race in France open to thoroughbred colts and fillies aged four years or older. It is run at Longchamp over a distance of 2,400 metres (about 1½ miles), and it is scheduled to take place each year in September.

The race serves as a trial for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, which is held at the same venue three weeks later.

History[edit]

The event is named in memory of Henri Foy (1872–1954), a long-serving member of the Société d'Encouragement, a former governing body of horse racing in France. It was established in 1955, and originally called the Prix Henri Foy.

The race was initially contested over 2,300 metres, and for a period it was open to horses aged three or older. It was cut to 2,200 metres in 1961, and the minimum age was raised to four in 1967. Its title was shortened to the Prix Foy in 1969.

The present system of race grading was introduced in 1971, and the Prix Foy was given Group 3 status. It was subsequently run on the same day as the Prix Niel, a similar event restricted to three-year-olds.

The race was extended to 2,400 metres in 1979. It was promoted to Group 2 level in 1998.

Two winners of the Prix Foy have achieved victory in the same year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe – Allez France (1974) and Sagace (1984). Three horses have won the Arc after being defeated in this event – Gold River (1981), All Along (1983) and Subotica (1992).

Records[edit]

Most successful horse (2 wins):


Leading jockey (9 wins):

  • Yves Saint-MartinSuffren (1960), Acer (1964), Petrone (1968), Snow Castle (1972), Allez France (1974, 1975), Sagace (1984, 1985), Mersey (1986)

Leading trainer (8 wins):

  • André FabreOrdinance (1987), Star Lift (1989), In the Wings (1990), Richard of York (1994), Carnegie (1995), Swain (1996), Shirocco (2006), Manduro (2007)

Leading owner (7 wins):

  • Daniel WildensteinPetrone (1968), Allez France (1974, 1975), Sagace (1984, 1985), Mersey (1986), Star Lift (1989)

Winners since 1979[edit]

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1979 Pevero 4 Philippe Paquet François Boutin Gerry Oldham
1980 Le Marmot 4 Philippe Paquet François Boutin Rodolph Schafer 2:32.8
1981 Detroit 4 Pat Eddery Olivier Douieb Robert Sangster 2:40.80
1982 April Run 4 Lester Piggott François Boutin Diana Firestone 2:32.20
1983 Time Charter 4 Billy Newnes Henry Candy Robert Barnett 2:40.60
1984 Sagace 4 Yves Saint-Martin Patrick Biancone Daniel Wildenstein 2:38.40
1985 Sagace 5 Yves Saint-Martin Patrick Biancone Daniel Wildenstein 2:33.50
1986 Mersey 4 Yves Saint-Martin Patrick Biancone Daniel Wildenstein
1987 Ordinance 4 Pat Eddery André Fabre Khalid Abdullah
1988 Beeshi 4 Richard Quinn Paul Cole Fahd Salman 2:34.60
1989 Star Lift 5 Dominique Boeuf André Fabre Daniel Wildenstein 2:32.80
1990 In The Wings 4 Pat Eddery André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 2:31.30
1991 Splash of Colour 4 Cash Asmussen Nicolas Clément Susumu Harada 2:30.10
1992 Magic Night 4 Alain Badel Philippe Demercastel Hideo Yokoyama 2:40.50
1993 Only Royale 4 Ray Cochrane Luca Cumani Giuseppe Sainaghi 2:51.60
1994 Richard of York 4 Sylvain Guillot André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 2:34.60
1995 Carnegie 4 Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 2:35.60
1996 Swain 4 Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 2:31.90
1997 Yokohama 6 Olivier Doleuze Criquette Head Madeleine Paulson 2:31.80
1998 Limnos 4 Cash Asmussen Dominique Sépulchre Niarchos Family 2:42.30
1999 El Condor Pasa 4 Masayoshi Ebina Yoshitaka Ninomiya Takashi Watanabe 2:31.40
2000 Montjeu 4 Michael Kinane John Hammond Michael Tabor 2:32.80
2001 Hightori 4 Gérald Mossé Philippe Demercastel Gary Tanaka 2:30.10
2002 Aquarelliste 4 Dominique Boeuf Elie Lellouche Ecurie Wildenstein 2:29.00
2003 Ange Gabriel 5 Thierry Jarnet Eric Libaud Antonia Devin 2:28.60
2004 Policy Maker 4 Olivier Peslier Elie Lellouche Ecurie Wildenstein 2:38.70
2005 Pride 5 Christophe Lemaire Alain de Royer-Dupré NP Bloodstock Ltd 2:29.20
2006 Shirocco 5 Christophe Soumillon André Fabre Georg von Ullmann 2:32.90
2007 Manduro 5 Stéphane Pasquier André Fabre Georg von Ullmann 2:28.80
2008 Zambezi Sun 4 Stéphane Pasquier Pascal Bary Khalid Abdullah 2:28.80
2009 Spanish Moon 5 Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute Khalid Abdullah 2:28.70
2010 Duncan 5 William Buick John Gosden Normandie Stud Ltd 2:35.90
2011 Sarafina 4 Christophe Lemaire Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:32.28
2012 Orfevre 4 Christophe Soumillon Yasutoshi Ikee Sunday Racing 2:34.26
2013 Orfevre 5 Christophe Soumillon Yasutoshi Ikee Sunday Racing 2:41.47
2014 Ruler of the World 4 Frankie Dettori Aidan O'Brien Al Shaqab, Magnier, Tabor, Smith 2:26.93
2015 Postponed 4 Andrea Atzeni Luca Cumani Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum 2:32.88
2016 Silverwave 4 Maxime Guyon Pascal Bary Hspirit 2:32.28

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1955: Norman
  • 1956: Fric
  • 1957: Blockhaus
  • 1958: Primesautier
  • 1959: Bel Baraka
  • 1960: Suffren
  • 1961: Right Royal
  • 1962: Exbury

See also[edit]

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