Prix La Flèche

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Prix La Flèche
Listed race
Location Chantilly
France
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 1,000 metres (5f)
Surface Turf
Track Straight
Qualification Two-year-olds
Weight 58 kg
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies
Purse €55,000 (2012)
1st: €27,500

The Prix La Flèche is a Listed flat horse race in France open to two-year-old thoroughbreds. It is run at Chantilly over a distance of 1,000 metres (about 5 furlongs), and it is scheduled to take place each year in June.

History[edit]

The event was staged at Le Tremblay until the late 1960s, and was transferred to Évry in the 1970s. For a period its distance was 1,400 metres. It was subsequently contested over 1,300 metres (1984–86) and 1,200 metres (1987–92). It was shortened to 1,100 metres in 1993.

The Prix La Flèche was held at Chantilly from 1997 to 1999, and at Maisons-Laffitte from 2000 to 2003. It was switched to Longchamp and cut to 1,000 metres in 2004. It returned to Maisons-Laffitte in 2009, and has been run at Chantilly again since 2014.

The leading horses from the race often go on to compete in the Prix du Bois.

Records[edit]

Leading jockey since 1977 (4 wins):

  • Freddy HeadMa Biche (1982), Minstrel's Lassie (1987), Hector Protector (1990), Arazi (1991)
  • Christophe SoumillonIngeburg (2001), Salut Thomas (2004), Percolator (2008), Siyouni (2009)

Leading trainer since 1977 (5 wins):

  • François BoutinStromboli (1977), Voukefalos (1978), Minstrel's Lassie (1987), Hector Protector (1990), Arazi (1991)

Leading owner since 1977 (3 wins):

Winners since 1977[edit]

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1977 Stromboli Philippe Paquet François Boutin Jean Ternynck
1978 Voukefalos Philippe Paquet François Boutin Peter Goulandris 1:28.80
1979 Lord Jack Alfred Gibert Henri Gleizes Mrs François Elion
1980 Lalaria Jean-Pierre Lefèvre Philippe Lallié Julian Byng
1981 Setkatdeu Henri Samani Raymond Touflan Yves Duffaut
1982 Ma Biche Freddy Head Criquette Head Ghislaine Head
1983 Micbol Fabrice Pegurri Jean Laumain Henri Rabatel
1984 Light of Nashua Alfred Gibert André Fabre Mahmoud Fustok
1985 Kandakiev Yves Saint-Martin Mitri Saliba Adnan Moubarak
1986 Banc d'Or Michel Gentile Freddie Palmer Mrs Freddie Palmer
1987 Minstrel's Lassie Freddy Head François Boutin Allen Paulson
1988 Ecossais Alfred Gibert J. C. Cunnington Countess Batthyany
1989 Cut My Heart Philippe Dumortier Jean-Claude Rouget Claude Gour
1990 Hector Protector Freddy Head François Boutin Stavros Niarchos 1:10.86
1991 Arazi Freddy Head François Boutin Allen Paulson 1:14.30
1992 Zieten Steve Cauthen André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 1:10.20
1993 Foxhound Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 1:07.41
1994 Top Shape Gérald Mossé François Doumen John Killer 1:05.91
1995 Shining Molly Franck Blondel Marc Pimbonnet Louis Peyraud 1:06.35
1996 Deep Finesse Philip Robinson Michael Jarvis John Sims 1:03.92
1997 Scenery Olivier Peslier André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 1:07.90
1998 Ronda Dominique Boeuf Carlos Laffon-Parias Dario Hinojosa 1:09.50
1999 City on a Hill Sylvain Guillot David Loder Godolphin 1:04.80
2000 Noverre Sylvain Guillot David Loder Godolphin 1:03.40
2001 Ingeburg Christophe Soumillon Axel Kleinkorres Stall Juka 1:07.10
2002 Ascetic Silver Thierry Jarnet Didier Prod'homme Bernard Giraudon 1:05.54
2003 Much Faster Thierry Thulliez Pascal Bary Ecurie J. L. Bouchard 1:06.80
2004 Salut Thomas Christophe Soumillon Robert Collet Roger Jesus 0:57.60
2005 Gwenseb Davy Bonilla Carlos Laffon-Parias Wertheimer et Frère 0:58.00
2006 Sandwaki Olivier Peslier Carlos Laffon-Parias Wertheimer et Frère 0:58.50
2007 Natagora Christophe Lemaire Pascal Bary Stefan Friborg 0:56.30
2008 Percolator Christophe Soumillon Paul Cole Henry Robinson 0:56.60
2009 Siyouni Christophe Soumillon Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 1:00.10
2010 Miss Liberty Maxime Guyon Pia Brandt Ecurie D. Primes 1:00.60
2011 Dijarvo David Probert Tony Carroll Dijarvo Partnership 0:59.20
2012 Penny's Picnic Thierry Jarnet Didier Guillemin Saint-Seine / Delegue 1:01.40
2013 Vorda Gregory Benoist Philippe Sogorb Augustin-Normand / Picamau 0:58.90
2014 El Suizo Fabrice Veron Henri-Alex Pantall Peter Rechsteiner 0:58.23
2015 Venecia Style Gregory Benoist Philippe Sogorb Gerard Augustin-Normand 0:58.82
2016 Rapacity Alexander Mickael Barzalona David Evans Noel O'Callaghan 0:58.40

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1908: Prestissimo
  • 1909: Cerba
  • 1910: Blina
  • 1911: Quai des Fleurs
  • 1912: Coupesarte
  • 1913: Balancoire
  • 1914: Rossendale
  • 1921: Le Fanfaron
  • 1922: Lizard
  • 1923: Pot au Feu
  • 1924: Etoile d'Argent
  • 1925: Cerulea
  • 1926: Salvandy
  • 1927: Kantar
  • 1928: Kassala
  • 1929: Brise Lame
  • 1930: Ammonite
  • 1931: La Bourrasque
  • 1932: Finnoise
  • 1933: Fanar
  • 1934: Aromate
  • 1935: Sucrier
  • 1936: Chenonceaux
  • 1937: Trissino
  • 1938: For My Love
  • 1939: Maurepas
  • 1942: Caravelle
  • 1943: Orsova
  • 1958: Savarus
  • 1963: Sigebert
  • 1964: Polly Girl
  • 1966: Topyo
  • 1968: La Milanaise
  • 1969: Hand in Hand
  • 1974: Sissoo
  • 1976: Concerto Barocco

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