Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp

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Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp
Group 1 race
Location Longchamp Racecourse
Paris, France
Inaugurated 1957
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Qatar
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 1,000 metres (5f)
Surface Turf
Track Straight
Qualification Two-years-old and up
Weight 54 kg (2yo); 62 kg (3yo+)
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies and mares
Purse €350,000 (2014)
1st: €199,990
Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp
2014
Black, pink star, halved sleeves and stars on cap Blue, white sleeves, red chevrons, red cap Dark blue, royal blue seams, white sleeves, red and white striped cap
Move In Time Rangali Moviesta

The Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp is a Group 1 flat horse race in France open to thoroughbreds aged two years or older. It is run at Longchamp over a distance of 1,000 metres (about 5 furlongs), and it is scheduled to take place each year in early October.

History[edit]

The event is named after the Abbaye de Longchamp, an abbey founded in the 13th century by Isabelle, the sister of Saint Louis. The abbey was located on what became the northern edge of the racecourse. It was destroyed during the French Revolution, and its site is now partly occupied by the Château de Longchamp.

The Prix de l'Abbaye was one of two major races introduced to celebrate Longchamp's centenary in 1957. Both were added to the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe fixture, which is usually on the first Sunday in October. The other event, the Prix du Moulin, was subsequently moved to September.

The present system of race grading was introduced in 1971, and the Prix de l'Abbaye was initially given Group 2 status. It was promoted to Group 1 level in 1976. It originally excluded geldings, but the restriction was lifted in 2001.

The Prix de l'Abbaye became part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series in 2009. From this point the winner earned an automatic invitation to compete in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint. It was removed from the series in 2011.

Records[edit]

Most successful horse (2 wins):

Leading jockey (5 wins):

  • Yves Saint-MartinFortino (1962), Texanita (1963), Silver Shark (1965), Farhana (1966), Lianga (1975)

Leading trainer (8 wins):

  • François Mathet – Texana (1957), Edellic (1958), Fortino (1962), Texanita (1963, 1964), Silver Shark (1965), Farhana (1966), Moubariz (1974)

Leading owner (4 wins):

  • François DupréTexana (1957), Fortino (1962), Texanita (1963, 1964)
  • Robert SangsterCommitted (1984), Double Schwartz (1986), Handsome Sailor (1988), Carmine Lake (1997)


Winners since 1972[edit]

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1972 Deep Diver 3 Bill Williamson Paul Davey David Robinson 0:57.00
1973 Sandford Lad 3 Tony Murray Ryan Price C. T. Olley 0:59.20
1974 Moubariz 3 Henri Samani François Mathet HH Aga Khan IV 0:59.70
1975 Lianga 4 Yves Saint-Martin Angel Penna Daniel Wildenstein 0:59.20
1976
(dh)
Gentilhombre
Mendip Man
3
4
Terry McKeown
Alfred Gibert
Neil Adam
Aage Paus
J. Murrell
Mrs Jack Davis
1:00.30
1977 Gentilhombre 4 Paul Cook Neil Adam J. Murrell 0:58.00
1978 Sigy 2 Freddy Head Criquette Head Ghislaine Head 0:59.00
1979 Double Form 4 John Reid F. Johnson Houghton Baroness Thyssen 0:56.70
1980 Moorestyle 3 Lester Piggott Robert Armstrong Moores Furnishings Ltd 0:56.30
1981 Marwell 3 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute Sir Edmund Loder 0:59.70
1982 Sharpo 5 Pat Eddery Jeremy Tree Monica Sheriffe 1:01.20
1983 Habibti 3 Willie Carson John Dunlop Mohamed Mutawa 0:54.30
1984 Committed 4 Steve Cauthen Dermot Weld Robert Sangster 0:59.80
1985 Committed 5 Michael Kinane Dermot Weld Allen Paulson 0:55.20
1986 Double Schwartz 5 Pat Eddery Charlie Nelson Robert Sangster 0:56.80
1987 Polonia 3 Christy Roche Jim Bolger Henryk de Kwiatkowski 0:56.70
1988 Handsome Sailor [a] 5 Michael Hills Barry Hills Robert Sangster 0:57.00
1989 Silver Fling 4 John Matthias Ian Balding George Strawbridge 0:59.90
1990 Dayjur 3 Willie Carson Dick Hern Hamdan Al Maktoum 0:58.70
1991 Keen Hunter 4 Steve Cauthen John Gosden Sheikh Mohammed 0:59.40
1992 Mr Brooks 5 Lester Piggott Richard Hannon, Sr. Paul Green 1:02.30
1993 Lochsong 5 Frankie Dettori Ian Balding Jeff Smith 0:59.70
1994 Lochsong 6 Frankie Dettori Ian Balding Jeff Smith 0:57.20
1995 Hever Golf Rose 4 Jason Weaver Joe Naughton Michael Hanson 0:57.70
1996 Kistena 3 Olivier Doleuze Criquette Head Wertheimer et Frère 0:59.30
1997 Carmine Lake 3 John Reid Peter Chapple-Hyam Robert Sangster 0:56.90
1998 My Best Valentine 8 Ray Cochrane Vic Soane The Valentines 0:58.90
1999 Agnes World 4 Yutaka Take Hideyuki Mori Takao Watanabe 1:01.40
2000 Namid 4 Johnny Murtagh John Oxx Lady Clague 0:55.10
2001 Imperial Beauty 5 Yutaka Take John Hammond Magnier / Tabor 1:00.30
2002 Continent 5 Darryll Holland David Nicholls Lucayan Stud 0:57.20
2003 Patavellian 5 Steve Drowne Roger Charlton Daniel Deer 0:59.30
2004 Var 5 Frankie Dettori Clive Brittain Mohammed Rashid 0:55.00
2005 Avonbridge 5 Steve Drowne Roger Charlton Daniel Deer 0:56.90
2006 Desert Lord 6 Jamie Spencer Kevin Ryan Bull & Bell Partnership 0:54.80
2007 Benbaun 6 Pat Smullen Mark Wallace Ransley / Birks / Hillen 0:56.70
2008 Marchand d'Or [b] 5 Davy Bonilla Freddy Head Carla Giral 0:54.40
2009 Total Gallery 3 Johnny Murtagh Stan Moore Coleman Bloodstock Ltd 0:55.10
2010 Gilt Edge Girl 4 Luke Morris Clive Cox Wood Street V / Harper 0:57.00
2011 Tangerine Trees 6 Tom Eaves Bryan Smart Tangerine Trees P'ship 0:55.53
2012 Wizz Kid 4 Gérald Mossé Robert Collet Maeve Mahony 1:01.17
2013 Maarek 6 Declan McDonogh Barry Lalor Lisbunny Syndicate 0:57.50
2014 Move In Time 6 Daniel Tudhope David O'Meara A Turton, J Blackburn & R Bond 0:56.42

a Cadeaux Genereux finished first in 1988, but he was disqualified following a stewards' inquiry.
b The scheduled running in 2008 was "won" by Overdose, but it had a false start and was declared void. Marchand d'Or won the re-run.

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1957: Texana
  • 1958: Edellic
  • 1959: Sly Pola
  • 1960: High Bulk
  • 1961: L'Epinay
  • 1962: Fortino
  • 1963: Texanita
  • 1964: Texanita
  • 1965: Silver Shark
  • 1966: Farhana
  • 1967: Pentathlon
  • 1968: Be Friendly
  • 1969: Tower Walk
  • 1970: Balidar
  • 1971: Sweet Revenge

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