Prix La Rochette

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Prix La Rochette
Group 3 race
LocationLongchamp Racecourse
Paris, France
Inaugurated1882
Race typeFlat / Thoroughbred
Websitefrance-galop.com
Race information
Distance1,400 metres (7f)
SurfaceTurf
TrackRight-handed
QualificationTwo-year-olds
excluding Group 1 winners
Weight56 kg
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies
Penalties
2 kg for Group 2 winners
2 kg if two Group 3 wins
1 kg if one Group 3 win
Purse€80,000 (2016)
1st: €40,000

The Prix La Rochette is a Group 3 flat horse race in France open to two-year-old thoroughbreds. It is run at Longchamp over a distance of 1,400 metres (about 7 furlongs), and it is scheduled to take place each year in September.

History[edit]

The event was originally part of a series called the Prix Triennal. The first leg, the precursor of the modern version, was introduced in 1882. The second, for three-year-olds, began in 1883, and the third, for four-year-olds, in 1884. Each was restricted to horses owned by the breeder who foaled them. The races were initially held at Fontainebleau, and the juvenile division was contested over 1,100 metres.

The Prix Triennal was renamed in memory of Charles de La Rochette (1820–1889), a long-serving steward of the Société d'Encouragement, in 1889. It moved to Longchamp in 1892, and the two-year-old leg was cut to 1,000 metres. It reverted to 1,100 metres in 1893.

The series switched to Chantilly in 1906, and from this point the two and three-year-old parts were split into separate divisions for colts and fillies. They were abandoned during World War I, but substitutes were held at Maisons-Laffitte in 1918. The series returned to Longchamp in 1919, and to Chantilly in 1920. It was staged at Deauville in 1922, and on this occasion the juvenile legs were run over 1,000 metres. It resumed at Chantilly in 1923, and the split-race format continued until 1929.

The Prix La Rochette was cancelled three times during World War II, in 1939, 1940 and 1944. It was transferred to Longchamp with a new distance of 1,000 metres in 1941, and temporarily switched to Le Tremblay in 1943. In the post-war years it was usually held at Longchamp, but there were short periods at Chantilly (1947, 1,100 metres), Deauville (1955) and Chantilly again (1957–1959).

The distance of the race was progressively increased during the late 1960s. There were brief spells at 1,300 metres (1966–67), 1,400 metres (1968) and 1,500 metres (1969), before a sustained period over 1,600 metres began in 1970.

The Prix La Rochette was restricted to male horses from 1995 to 1999, and it was run at Chantilly from 1997 to 2000. It returned to Longchamp with a length of 1,400 metres in 2001.

Records[edit]

Leading jockey (8 wins):

  • George SternFarnus (1901), Val d'Or (1904), Sidia (1906), Azalee (1908), Dagor (1912), Marka (1912), Mousse de Mer (1913), Banstar (1925)

Leading trainer (10 wins):

  • Robert Denman – Farnus (1901), Gouvernant (1903), Val d'Or (1904), Sidia (1906), Azalee (1908), Dagor (1912), Marka (1912), Mousse de Mer (1913), Banstar (1925), Esclarmonde (1926)
  • François BoutinNeptunium (1971), Banjer (1973), Le Marmot (1978), Un Reitre (1979), Vorias (1980), Persepolis (1981), L'Emigrant (1982), Pasakos (1987), Linamix (1989), Indian Jones (1994)

Leading owner (10 wins):

  • Edmond Blanc – Marly (1892), Lucie (1899), Farnus (1901), Gouvernant (1903), Val d'Or (1904), Sidia (1906), Azalee (1908), Dagor (1912), Marka (1912), Mousse de Mer (1913)

Winners since 1979[edit]

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1979 Un Reitre Philippe Paquet François Boutin Stavros Niarchos
1980 Vorias Philippe Paquet François Boutin Peter Goulandris
1981 Persepolis Philippe Paquet François Boutin Stavros Niarchos
1982 L'Emigrant Lester Piggott François Boutin Stavros Niarchos 1:40.80
1983 Cariellor Yves Saint-Martin André Fabre Suzy Volterra
1984 No Pass No Sale Alfred Gibert Robert Collet René Aubert 1:48.70
1985 Kadrou Alfred Gibert Jean Laumain Henri Rabatel
1986 Grand Chelem Yves Saint-Martin Robert Collet Richard Strauss
1987 Pasakos Freddy Head François Boutin Niccolò Incisa Rocchetta
1988 Local Talent Cash Asmussen André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 1:43.20
1989 Linamix Gérald Mossé François Boutin Jean-Luc Lagardère 1:41.20
1990 Beau Sultan Freddy Head Criquette Head Ghislaine Head 1:39.30
1991 Steinbeck [a] Steve Cauthen André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 1:38.90
1992 Kadounor Guy Guignard Jean Laumain Henri Rabatel 1:45.10
1993 Chimes Band Dominique Boeuf Pascal Bary Ecurie I. M. Fares 1:48.90
1994 Indian Jones Cash Asmussen François Boutin Edouard de Rothschild 1:45.70
1995 Le Triton Walter Swinburn Criquette Head Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:46.40
1996 Fine Fellow Freddy Head Criquette Head Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:48.80
1997 Pinmix Alain Junk André Fabre Jean-Luc Lagardère 1:38.80
1998 Slickly Olivier Peslier André Fabre Jean-Luc Lagardère 1:40.10
1999 Ocean of Wisdom Cash Asmussen Pascal Bary Niarchos Family 1:48.50
2000 Okawango Olivier Doleuze Criquette Head Wertheimer et Frère 1:41.45
2001 Guys and Dolls Christophe Soumillon Paul Cole Anthony Speelman 1:21.10
2002 Le Vie dei Colori Thierry Thulliez Roberto Brogi Scuderia Archi Romani 1:21.10
2003 Diamond Green Christophe Soumillon André Fabre Lagardère Family 1:22.50
2004 Early March Olivier Peslier Criquette Head-Maarek Khalid Abdullah 1:22.20
2005 Multiplex [b] Christophe Soumillon André Fabre Khalid Abdullah 1:23.80
2006 Visionario Christophe Soumillon André Fabre HH Aga Khan IV 1:23.80
2007 Young Pretender Frankie Dettori John Gosden Princess Haya of Jordan 1:21.90
2008 Soul City Richard Hughes Richard Hannon Sr. Patrick Fahey 1:22.70
2009 Buzzword Ahmed Ajtebi Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 1:22.83
2010 My Name Is Bond Christophe Soumillon Jean-Claude Rouget Daniel-Yves Trèves 1:20.50
2011 Sofast Olivier Peslier Freddy Head Wertheimer et Frère 1:25.24
2012 What a Name Christophe Lemaire Mikel Delzangles Mohammed Al Thani 1:22.07
2013 Karakontie Olivier Peslier Jonathan Pease Niarchos Family 1:22.45
2014 Full Mast Thierry Thulliez Criquette Head-Maarek Khalid Abdullah 1:25.38
2015 Attendu Maxime Guyon Carlos Laffon-Parias Wertheimer et Frère 1:22.74
2016 Kontrastat[c] Theo Bachelot Stephane Wattel Plainfosse / Palos de Moguer 1:25.35
2017 Glorious Journey[c] James Doyle Charlie Appleby HH Sheikha Al Jalila Racing 1:26.42
2018 The Black Album Mickael Barzalona Jane Soubagne Didier Bouquil 1:24.86
2019 Kenway Theo Bachelot Frederic Rossi Le Haras De La Gousserie 1:20.35

a Rainbow Corner finished first in 1991, but he was relegated to second place following a stewards' inquiry.
b Yasoodd was first in 2005, but he was placed fourth after a stewards' inquiry.
c The 2016 & 2017 races were run at Saint-Cloud while Longchamp was closed for redevelopment.

Earlier winners[edit]

1882–1905[edit]

  • 1882: Satory
  • 1883: Yvrande
  • 1884: Barberine
  • 1885: Jupin
  • 1886: Arlay
  • 1887: Stuart
  • 1888: Criniere
  • 1889:
  • 1890: Clairon
  • 1891: Chene Royal
  • 1892: Marly
  • 1893: Dolma Baghtche
  • 1894: Montlhery
  • 1895: Brunehilde
  • 1896: Roxelane
  • 1897: Madagascar
  • 1898: Franco-Russe
  • 1899: Lucie
  • 1900: Eryx
  • 1901: Farnus
  • 1902: Reine Margot
  • 1903: Gouvernant
  • 1904: Val d'Or
  • 1905: Sly Fox

1906–1929 (colts' division)[edit]

  • 1906: Calomel
  • 1907: Schuyler
  • 1908: Hag to Hag
  • 1909: Ulm
  • 1910: Manfred
  • 1911: Petulance
  • 1912: Dagor
  • 1913: La Farina
  • 1914–17: no race
  • 1918: Observateur
  • 1919: Odol
  • 1920: Arbre Sec
  • 1921: Sombrero
  • 1922: Sao Paulo
  • 1923: Scaramouche
  • 1924: Lezignan
  • 1925: Banstar
  • 1926: Andorra
  • 1927: Seymour
  • 1928: Rosolio
  • 1929: Pearlash

1906–1929 (fillies' division)[edit]

  • 1906: Sidia
  • 1907: Scabieuse
  • 1908: Azalee
  • 1909: Urgulosa
  • 1910: Brume
  • 1911: Qu'elle Est Belle
  • 1912: Marka
  • 1913: Mousse de Mer
  • 1914–17: no race
  • 1918: Stearine
  • 1919: La Chiffa
  • 1920: Farthing
  • 1921: Hyperite
  • 1922: Pomare
  • 1923: Carnation
  • 1924: Canalette
  • 1925: Solette
  • 1926: Esclarmonde
  • 1927: Roahouga
  • 1928: Necklace
  • 1929: Swiss Miss

1930–1978[edit]

  • 1930: Pearl Cap
  • 1931: La Bourrasque
  • 1932: Negundo
  • 1933: Cingalaise
  • 1934: Aromate
  • 1935: Mistress Ford
  • 1936: Catherinette
  • 1937: Shrew
  • 1938: Canzoni
  • 1939–40: no race
  • 1941: Esmeralda
  • 1942: Caravelle / Dogat *
  • 1943: Le Volcan
  • 1944: no race
  • 1945: Tourmente
  • 1946: Djelal
  • 1947: Balle Negre
  • 1948: Musette
  • 1949: Janus
  • 1950: La Taglioni
  • 1951: Luzon
  • 1952: Cobalt
  • 1953: Ferriol
  • 1954: Tactic
  • 1955: Belle Epoque
  • 1956: Franc Luron
  • 1957: Nubile
  • 1958: Iadwiga
  • 1959: Hautain
  • 1960: Cocomel
  • 1961: La Sega
  • 1962: Wideawake
  • 1963: Takawalk
  • 1964: Shamirah
  • 1965: Silver Shark
  • 1966: Monatrea
  • 1967: Vent du Nord
  • 1968: Mia Pola
  • 1969:
  • 1970: Dictus
  • 1971: Neptunium
  • 1972: Satingo
  • 1973: Banjer
  • 1974: Dandy Lute
  • 1975: Monsieur Dian
  • 1976: Command Freddy
  • 1977: River Knight
  • 1978: Le Marmot

* The 1942 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners.

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