Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère

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Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère
Grand Critérium
Group 1 race
Location Longchamp Racecourse
Paris, France
Inaugurated 1853
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Qatar
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 1,600 metres (1m)
Surface Turf
Track Right-handed
Qualification Two-year-olds
excluding geldings
Weight 57 kg
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies
Purse €350,000 (2016)
1st: €199,990
Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère
2016
Yellow, red star, striped sleeves, red cap Maroon, white seams, halved sleeves, maroon and white hooped cap Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap
National Defense Salouen Whitecliffsofdover

The Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère, formerly the Grand Critérium, 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 1,600 metres (about 1 mile), and it is scheduled to take place each year in early October.

It is France's oldest and most prestigious event for juvenile horses. It is the country's equal richest race for this age group, along with the Prix Morny. Each has a current purse of €350,000.

History[edit]

The event was established in 1853, and it was originally called the Grand Critérium. It was initially contested over 1,500 metres at Chantilly. It was transferred to Longchamp in 1857, and extended to 1,600 metres in 1864. It was not run in 1870, because of the Franco-Prussian War.

The race was abandoned throughout World War I, with no running from 1914 to 1918. A substitute event called the Critérium des Deux Ans was staged at Maisons-Laffitte in 1918.

The Grand Critérium was cancelled in 1939 and 1940, due to World War II. On the second occasion it was substituted by a race at Auteuil, again titled the Critérium des Deux Ans.[1] It was held at Le Tremblay in 1943 and 1944.

The present system of race grading was introduced in 1971, and the Grand Critérium was classed at the highest level, Group 1. For a period it took place in mid-October. It was brought forward to the Saturday of Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe weekend in 1989, and returned to its previous schedule in 1995.

France Galop, the governing body of French horse racing, restructured its program of Group 1 juvenile races in 2001. The Grand Critérium was cut to 1,400 metres and moved to the same day as the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. The latter event is traditionally held on the first Sunday in October. In 2015 the distance was increased to 1,600 metres again.

The race was given its present title in 2003, in memory of Jean-Luc Lagardère (1928–2003). Lagardère was a successful racehorse owner/breeder and a former president of France Galop.

The Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère was added to the Breeders' Cup Challenge series in 2011. The winner now earns an automatic invitation to compete in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf.[2]

Records[edit]

Leading jockey (6 wins):

  • George SternVinicius (1902), Ob (1903), Val d'Or (1904), Ouadi Halfa (1906), Durban (1920), Clavieres (1923)
  • Roger PoinceletAmbiorix (1948), Cosmos (1951), Tiepoletto (1958), Right Royal (1960), Hula Dancer (1962), Yelapa (1968)

Leading trainer (11 wins):

  • Henry Jennings – Miss Cath (1855), Duchess (1856), Isabella (1860), Stradella (1861), Czar (1865), Revigny (1871), Jonquille (1875), Jongleur (1876), Mantille (1877), Basilique (1879), The Condor (1884)

Leading owner (8 wins):

  • Marcel BoussacDurban (1920), Nosca (1941, dead-heat), Caravelle (1942), Priam (1943), Nirgal (1945), Ambiorix (1948), Apollonia (1955), Abdos (1961)

Winners since 1969[edit]

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1969 Breton Lester Piggott Mick Bartholomew Peter Butler 1:42.00
1970 My Swallow Lester Piggott Paul Davey David Robinson 1:43.20
1971 Hard to Beat Bill Pyers Richard Carver, Jr. S. Sokolov 1:41.10
1972 Satingo Henri Samani Alec Head Germaine Wertheimer 1:44.60
1973 Mississipian Bill Pyers Maurice Zilber Nelson Bunker Hunt 1:39.70
1974 Mariacci Gérard Rivases J. M. de Choubersky Guy de Rothschild 1:46.20
1975 Manado Philippe Paquet François Boutin Souren Vanian 1:40.40
1976 Blushing Groom Henri Samani François Mathet HH Aga Khan IV 1:44.70
1977 Super Concorde Philippe Paquet François Boutin Walter Haefner 1:43.90
1978 Irish River Maurice Philipperon John Cunnington, Jr. Mrs Raymond Adès 1:39.00
1979 Dragon Alain Goldsztejn Mitri Saliba Mahmoud Fustok 1:41.30
1980 Recitation Greville Starkey Guy Harwood Anthony Bodie 1:44.20
1981 Green Forest Alfred Gibert Mitri Saliba Mahmoud Fustok 1:46.20
1982 Saint Cyrien Freddy Head Criquette Head Ghislaine Head 1:46.50
1983 Treizieme Gérard Dubroeucq Maurice Zilber Thomas Tatham 1:38.80
1984 Alydar's Best Christy Roche David O'Brien Alan Clore 1:49.00
1985 Femme Elite Alain Lequeux Maurice Zilber Serge Fradkoff 1:40.00
1986 Danishkada Yves Saint-Martin Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 1:40.70
1987 Fijar Tango Alfred Gibert Georges Mikhalidès Mahmoud Fustok 1:45.20
1988 Kendor Maurice Philipperon Raymond Touflan Adolf Bader 1:40.80
1989 Jade Robbery Cash Asmussen André Fabre Zenya Yoshida 1:40.60
1990 Hector Protector Freddy Head François Boutin Stavros Niarchos 1:41.10
1991 Arazi Gérald Mossé François Boutin Allen Paulson 1:41.40
1992 Tenby Pat Eddery Henry Cecil Khalid Abdullah 1:46.90
1993 Lost World Olivier Peslier Elie Lellouche Daniel Wildenstein 1:45.90
1994 Goldmark Sylvain Guillot André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 1:43.40
1995 Loup Solitaire Olivier Peslier André Fabre Daniel Wildenstein 1:37.60
1996 Revoque John Reid Peter Chapple-Hyam Robert Sangster 1:37.70
1997 Second Empire Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Magnier 1:47.70
1998 Way of Light Cash Asmussen Pascal Bary Niarchos Family 1:52.50
1999 Ciro [a] Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Magnier 1:50.50
2000 Okawango Olivier Doleuze Criquette Head Wertheimer et Frère 1:41.80
2001 Rock of Gibraltar Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Ferguson / Magnier 1:22.90
2002 Hold That Tiger Kieren Fallon Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Magnier 1:20.40
2003 American Post Richard Hughes Criquette Head-Maarek Khalid Abdullah 1:24.50
2004 Oratorio Jamie Spencer Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor 1:19.30
2005 Horatio Nelson Kieren Fallon Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Nagle 1:20.60
2006 Holy Roman Emperor Kieren Fallon Aidan O'Brien Sue Magnier 1:18.60
2007 Rio de la Plata Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 1:21.50
2008 Naaqoos Davy Bonilla Freddy Head Hamdan Al Maktoum 1:18.40
2009 Siyouni Gérald Mossé Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 1:19.50
2010 Wootton Bassett Paul Hanagan Richard Fahey Brady / Cosmic Cases 1:23.00
2011 Dabirsim Frankie Dettori Christophe Ferland Simon Springer 1:19.85
2012 Olympic Glory Richard Hughes Richard Hannon Sr. Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani 1:25.73
2013 Karakontie Stephane Pasquier Jonathan Pease Niarchos family 1:22.97
2014 Full Mast [b] Thierry Thulliez Criquette Head-Maarek Khalid Abdullah 1:20.11
2015 Ultra Mickael Barzalona André Fabre Godolphin 1:37.27
2016 National Defense[c] Pierre-Charles Boudot Criquette Head-Maarek Sun Bloodstock Sarl 1:35.53

a Barathea Guest finished first in 1999, but he was relegated to second place following a stewards' inquiry.
b Gleneagles finished first in 2014, but he was relegated to third place following a stewards' inquiry.
c The 2016 running took place at Chantilly while Longchamp was closed for redevelopment.

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1853: Celebrity
  • 1854: Allez y Gaiement
  • 1855: Miss Cath
  • 1856: Duchess
  • 1857: Tonnerre des Indes
  • 1858: Nuncia
  • 1859: Mon Etoile
  • 1860: Isabella
  • 1861: Stradella
  • 1862: Damier
  • 1863: Sonchamp
  • 1864: Le Bearnais
  • 1865: Czar
  • 1866: Montgoubert
  • 1867: Le Sarrazin
  • 1868: Mademoiselle de Fligny
  • 1869: Sornette
  • 1870: no race
  • 1871: Revigny
  • 1872: Franc Tireur
  • 1873: Fideline
  • 1874: Perplexe
  • 1875: Jonquille
  • 1876: Jongleur
  • 1877: Mantille
  • 1878: Swift
  • 1879: Basilique 1
  • 1880: Perplexite
  • 1881: Vigilant
  • 1882: Vernet
  • 1883: Fra Diavolo
  • 1884: The Condor
  • 1885: Alger
  • 1886: Frapotel
  • 1887: Stuart
  • 1888: May Pole
  • 1889: Cromatella
  • 1890: Reverend
  • 1891: Rueil
  • 1892: Marly
  • 1893: Dolma Baghtche
  • 1894: Le Sagittaire
  • 1895: Hero
  • 1896: Roxelane
  • 1897: Cazabat
  • 1898: Holocauste
  • 1899: Ramadan
  • 1900: Eryx
  • 1901: Le Mandinet
  • 1902: Vinicius
  • 1903: Ob
  • 1904: Val d'Or
  • 1905: Prestige
  • 1906: Ouadi Halfa
  • 1907: Sauge Pourpree
  • 1908: Golden Sky
  • 1909: Uriel
  • 1910: Faucheur
  • 1911: Montrose
  • 1912: Ecouen
  • 1913: Le Grand Pressigny
  • 1914–18: no race 2
  • 1919: Odol
  • 1920: Durban
  • 1921: Kefalin
  • 1922: Epinard
  • 1923: Clavieres
  • 1924: Ptolemy
  • 1925: Dorina
  • 1926: Flamant
  • 1927: Kantar
  • 1928: Amorina
  • 1929: Godiche
  • 1930: Indus
  • 1931: La Bourrasque
  • 1932: Pantalon
  • 1933: Brantome
  • 1934: Pampeiro
  • 1935: Mistress Ford
  • 1936: Teleferique
  • 1937: Gossip
  • 1938: Turbulent
  • 1939–40: no race 3
  • 1941: Martia / Nosca 4
  • 1942: Caravelle
  • 1943: Priam
  • 1944:
  • 1945: Nirgal
  • 1946: Clarion
  • 1947: Rigolo
  • 1948: Ambiorix
  • 1949: Tantieme
  • 1950: Sicambre
  • 1951: Cosmos
  • 1952: Dragon Blanc
  • 1953: Le Geographe
  • 1954: Beau Prince
  • 1955: Apollonia
  • 1956: Tyrone
  • 1957: Bella Paola
  • 1958: Tiepoletto
  • 1959: Angers
  • 1960: Right Royal
  • 1961: Abdos
  • 1962: Hula Dancer
  • 1963: Neptunus
  • 1964: Grey Dawn
  • 1965: Soleil
  • 1966: Silver Cloud
  • 1967: Sir Ivor
  • 1968: Yelapa

1 The 1879 race was decided by a run-off after a dead-heat between Basilique and Louis d'Or.
2 The 1918 substitute event at Maisons-Laffitte was won by Florina.
3 The 1940 replacement at Auteuil saw a dead-heat between Longthanh and Plaisir de France.
4 The 1941 edition was a dead-heat and has joint winners.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "La Vie Sportive" (PDF) (in French). L'Ouest-Éclair. 13 November 1940. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "2012 Breeders' Cup Challenge Schedule" (PDF). breederscup.com. Retrieved 1 July 2012.