Prix Robert Papin

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Prix Robert Papin
Group 2 race
Location Maisons-Laffitte
France
Inaugurated 1892
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 1,100 metres (5½f)
Surface Turf
Track Straight
Qualification Two-year-olds
excluding geldings
Weight 58 kg
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies
Purse €130,000 (2016)
1st: €74,100

The Prix Robert Papin is a Group 2 flat horse race in France open to two-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies. It is run at Maisons-Laffitte over a distance of 1,100 metres (about 5½ furlongs), and it is scheduled to take place each year in July.

History[edit]

The event was established in 1892, and it was originally called the Omnium de Deux Ans. It was initially run over 1,100 metres, and was extended to 1,200 metres in 1903. For a period it was held in early August, and it was one of France's first two-year-old races of the season. It reverted to 1,100 metres in 1907, and from this point juveniles could be raced earlier in the year.

The Omnium de Deux Ans was the country's richest race for two-year-olds until 1914. Its prize fund was greater than those of both the Prix Morny and the Grand Critérium. It was abandoned throughout World War I, with no running from 1915 to 1918.

The race was renamed in memory of Robert Papin (1848–1926), a former president of the Société Sportive d'Encouragement, in 1928. It was increased to 1,200 metres in 1929.

The Prix Robert Papin was held at Auteuil in 1940. On this occasion it was contested over 1,400 metres in late October. Its regular length was cut to 1,100 metres in 1942. It was run at Longchamp over 1,000 metres in 1944. Its distance returned to 1,200 metres in 1946, and it began its current spell over 1,100 metres in 1963.

The present system of race grading was introduced in 1971, and the Prix Robert Papin was given Group 1 status. It was relegated to Group 2 level in 1987.

Records[edit]

Leading jockey (7 wins):

  • Roger PoinceletChesterfield (1946), Coronation (1948), Emperor (1949), Fiere (1955), Neptune (1957), Sly Pola (1959), High Bulk (1960)

Leading trainer (9 wins):

  • Charles SemblatArdan (1943), Nirgal (1945), Coronation (1948), Emperor (1949), Pharsale (1950), Auriban (1951), Pharel (1952), Cordova (1953), Fiere (1955)

Leading owner (8 wins):

  • Marcel BoussacArdan (1943), Nirgal (1945), Coronation (1948), Emperor (1949), Pharsale (1950), Auriban (1951), Pharel (1952), Cordova (1953)

Winners since 1976[edit]

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1975 Vitiges Gérard Rivases Gérard Philippeau Mrs Marc Laloum 1:06.00
1976 Blushing Groom Henri Samani François Mathet HH Aga Khan IV 1:04.80
1977 Vific [a] Philippe Paquet François Boutin Jean Ternynck 1:03.70
1978 Pitasia Alfred Gibert Aage Paus Sir Douglas Clague 1:06.90
1979 Choucri Alain Lequeux Maurice Zilber Naji Nahas 1:05.70
1980 Irish Playboy Alain Lequeux Olivier Douieb Sir Gordon White 1:05.40
1981 Maelstrom Lake Georges Doleuze Edouard Bartholomew Jacques Feuillard 1:05.60
1982 Ma Biche Freddy Head Criquette Head Ghislaine Head 1:05.30
1983 Masarika Yves Saint-Martin Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 1:05.30
1984 Seven Springs Gary W. Moore John Fellows Robin Scully 1:06.30
1985 Baiser Vole Freddy Head Criquette Head Robert Sangster 1:05.50
1986 Balbonella Yves Saint-Martin François Rohaut Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:05.80
1987 Balawaki Gary W. Moore Criquette Head Ghislaine Head 1:07.70
1988 Philippi Alfred Gibert J. C. Cunnington Countess Batthyany 1:05.20
1989 Ozone Friendly Pat Eddery Barry Hills Bill Gredley 1:06.30
1990 Danseuse du Soir Dominique Boeuf Elie Lellouche Daniel Wildenstein 1:07.40
1991 Arazi Gérald Mossé François Boutin Allen Paulson 1:05.50
1992 Didyme Gérald Mossé Criquette Head Jacques Wertheimer 1:04.50
1993 Psychobabble Cash Asmussen Criquette Head Stavros Niarchos 1:06.80
1994 General Monash Brent Thomson Peter Chapple-Hyam Robert Sangster 1:06.40
1995 Lucky Lionel John Reid Richard Hannon, Sr. Antonio Balzarini 1:06.10
1996 Ocean Ridge Thierry Jarnet Peter Chapple-Hyam Robert Sangster 1:05.90
1997 Greenlander Sylvain Guillot Clive Brittain Marwan Al Maktoum 1:04.90
1998 Black Amber Cash Asmussen Neville Callaghan Tabor / Magnier 1:05.90
1999 Rossini Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Magnier 1:07.20
2000 Rolly Polly Mirco Demuro Bruno Grizzetti Mack Ferrer SRL 1:04.20
2001 Zipping Davy Bonilla Robert Collet Richard Strauss 1:05.30
2002 Never a Doubt Michael Hills Barry Hills Derek James 1:05.60
2003 Much Faster Thierry Thulliez Pascal Bary Ecurie J. L. Bouchard 1:07.30
2004 Divine Proportions Christophe Lemaire Pascal Bary Niarchos Family 1:04.80
2005 New Girlfriend Christophe Soumillon Robert Collet Richard Strauss 1:04.00
2006 Boccassini Davy Bonilla Miroslav Rulec Stall Nik 1:04.50
2007 Natagora Christophe Lemaire Pascal Bary Stefan Friborg 1:03.20
2008 Lui Rei Dario Vargiu Armando Renzoni Scuderia Siba 1:06.10
2009 Special Duty Stéphane Pasquier Criquette Head-Maarek Khalid Abdullah 1:04.40
2010 Irish Field [b] Christophe Soumillon M. Delcher Sánchez Sunday Horses Club 1:05.90
2011 Family One Ioritz Mendizabal Yann Barberot Ecurie Ascot 1:07.20
2012 Reckless Abandon Gérald Mossé Clive Cox Deadman / Barrow 1:04.00
2013 Vorda Gregory Benoist Philippe Sogorb Gerard Augustin-Normand 1:05.00
2014 Kool Kompany Richard Hughes Richard Hannon Jr. Middleham Park Racing 1:05.60
2015 Gutaifan Frankie Dettori Richard Hannon Jr. Al Shaqab Racing 1:03.60
2016 Tis Marvellous Adam Kirby Clive Cox Deadman / Barrow 1:03.16

a The 1977 running took place at Évry.
b The 2010 winner Irish Field was later exported to Hong Kong and renamed Prolific Champion.

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1892: Commandeur
  • 1893: Claret
  • 1894: Sweet William
  • 1895: Nacelle
  • 1896: Vidame
  • 1897: Cazabat
  • 1898: John Wyse
  • 1899: Clairette
  • 1900: Indian Shore
  • 1901: Ophelia
  • 1902: Perm
  • 1903: Djephte
  • 1904: Poppee
  • 1905: Prestige
  • 1906: Ascalon
  • 1907: Sauge Pourpree
  • 1908: Fils du Vent
  • 1909: Marsa
  • 1910: Lord Burgoyne
  • 1911: Montrose
  • 1912: Gloster
  • 1913: Mousse de Mer
  • 1914: Clairet
  • 1915–18: no race
  • 1919: Marron
  • 1920: Guerriere
  • 1921: Zenoia
  • 1922: Pavillon
  • 1923: Le Gros Morne
  • 1924: Canalette
  • 1925: Deauville
  • 1926: Green Flor
  • 1927: Erica
  • 1928: Necklace
  • 1929: Chateau Bouscaut
  • 1930: Pearl Cap
  • 1931: Coeur de Lion
  • 1932: Coque de Noix
  • 1933: Brantome
  • 1934: Stratosphere
  • 1935: Mistress Ford
  • 1936: Minaudiere
  • 1937: Gossip
  • 1938: Bulle de Savon
  • 1939: Codor
  • 1940: Longthanh
  • 1941: Mirko
  • 1942: Norseman
  • 1943: Ardan
  • 1944: Otero
  • 1945: Nirgal
  • 1946: Chesterfield
  • 1947: Primeur
  • 1948: Coronation
  • 1949: Emperor
  • 1950: Pharsale
  • 1951: Auriban
  • 1952: Pharel
  • 1953: Cordova
  • 1954: Soya
  • 1955: Fiere
  • 1956: L'Astrologue
  • 1957: Neptune
  • 1958: Taboun
  • 1959: Sly Pola
  • 1960: High Bulk
  • 1961: Wakamba
  • 1962: Quiqui
  • 1963: Djel
  • 1964: Double Jump
  • 1965: Kashmir
  • 1966: Fin Bon
  • 1967: Zeddaan
  • 1968: Folle Rousse
  • 1969: Amber Rama
  • 1970: My Swallow
  • 1971: Sun Prince
  • 1972: Reine du Chant
  • 1973: Lianga
  • 1974: Sky Commander

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