Prix de la Forêt

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Prix de la Forêt
Group 1 race
Location Longchamp Racecourse
Paris, France
Inaugurated 1858
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Qatar
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 1,400 metres (7f)
Surface Turf
Track Right-handed
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight 57 kg (3yo); 58 kg (4yo+)
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies and mares
Purse €300,000 (2014)
1st: €171,420
Prix de la Forêt
2014
Silver, gold braid, maroon cap, gold tassel Red, white maltese cross, white cap Dark green, royal blue chevron, armlets and cap
Olympic Glory Gordon Lord Byron Noozhoh Canarias

The Prix de la Forêt is a Group 1 flat horse race in France open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. 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 early October.

History[edit]

The event was originally held at Chantilly, and it is named after Chantilly Forest. It was established in 1858, and was initially a 2,100-metre race for two or three-year-old colts and fillies. It took place in late October.

The Prix de la Forêt was not run in 1870, because of the Franco-Prussian War. It was cut to 1,600 metres and opened to older horses in 1878. It was cancelled again in 1906, and transferred to Longchamp in 1907.

The race was abandoned throughout World War I, with no running from 1914 to 1918. It was shortened to 1,400 metres in 1923. It was cancelled once during World War II, in 1939. It was staged at Auteuil in 1940, and Le Tremblay in 1943 and 1944.

The event was closed to two-year-olds in 1995, and opened to geldings in 2001. It was moved to the Saturday of Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe weekend in 2005. It was switched to the same day as the "Arc", the first Sunday in October, in 2010.

The Prix de la Forêt was added to the Breeders' Cup Challenge series in 2012. The winner now earns an automatic invitation to compete in the same year's Breeders' Cup Mile.[1]

Records[edit]

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Azur – 1883, 1884
  • Caravelle – 1943, 1944
  • Fine Top – 1953, 1954
  • Sanedtki1977, 1978
  • Moorestyle1980, 1981

Leading jockey (5 wins):

  • Alfred Carratt – Normandie (1866), Mathilde (1871), Premier Mai (1874), Phenix (1878), Barberine (1885)
  • Alain LequeuxMirna (1963), Sanedtki (1977, 1978), Producer (1979), Procida (1984)
  • Freddy HeadBarbare (1966), Regent Street (1968), Lyphard (1972), Ma Biche (1983), Septieme Ciel (1990)

Leading trainer (8 wins):

  • Henry Jennings – Wedding (1859), Finlande (1860), Normandie (1866), Mathilde (1871), Christiania (1872), Barcarolle (1873), Premier Mai (1874), Peronne (1881)

Leading owner (9 wins):

  • Marcel BoussacDurzetta (1920), Zariba (1921), La Moqueuse (1928), Esmeralda (1941), Caravelle (1943, 1944), Goyama (1945), Pharsale (1950), Pharaos (1951)


Winners since 1970[edit]

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1970 Stratege 2 Maurice Philipperon Richard Carver, Jr. Jean Ternynck 1:23.00
1971 Faraway Son 4 Yves Saint-Martin Maurice Zilber Daniel Wildenstein 1:21.70
1972 Lyphard 3 Freddy Head Alec Head Germaine Wertheimer 1:23.70
1973 African Sky 3 Yves Saint-Martin Albert Klimscha Daniel Wildenstein 1:23.60
1974 Northern Taste 3 Jean-Claude Desaint John Cunnington, Sr. Zenya Yoshida 1:29.00
1975 Roan Star 2 Willie Carson Roger Poincelet Mrs H. Lazar 1:24.10
1976 Pharly 2 Maurice Philipperon John Cunnington, Jr. Antonio Blasco 1:26.00
1977 Sanedtki 3 Alain Lequeux Olivier Douieb B. Zimmerman 1:25.40
1978 Sanedtki 4 Alain Lequeux Olivier Douieb Serge Fradkoff 1:22.50
1979 Producer 3 Alain Lequeux Maurice Zilber Roy Gottlieb 1:24.30
1980 Moorestyle 3 Lester Piggott Robert Armstrong Moores Furnishings Ltd 1:25.80
1981 Moorestyle 4 Lester Piggott Robert Armstrong Moores Furnishings Ltd 1:30.40
1982 Pas de Seul 3 Christy Roche David O'Brien Robert Sangster 1:27.70
1983 Ma Biche 3 Freddy Head Criquette Head Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:22.60
1984 Procida 3 Alain Lequeux François Boutin Stavros Niarchos 1:27.70
1985 Brocade 4 Pat Eddery Guy Harwood Gerald Leigh 1:21.60
1986 Sarab 5 Richard Quinn Paul Cole Fahd Salman 1:23.30
1987 Soviet Star 3 Greville Starkey André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 1:25.80
1988 Salse 3 Willie Carson Henry Cecil Sheikh Mohammed 1:24.00
1989 Gabina 4 Eric Legrix J. C. Cunnington Jürgen Schiefelbein 1:21.00
1990 Septieme Ciel 3 Freddy Head Criquette Head Johnny Jones 1:19.40
1991 Danseuse du Soir 3 Dominique Boeuf Elie Lellouche Daniel Wildenstein 1:22.80
1992 Wolfhound 3 Pat Eddery John Gosden Sheikh Mohammed 1:24.80
1993 Dolphin Street 3 Cash Asmussen John Hammond Stavros Niarchos 1:26.90
1994 Bigstone 4 Olivier Peslier Elie Lellouche Daniel Wildenstein 1:21.20
1995 Poplar Bluff 3 Olivier Peslier André Fabre Daniel Wildenstein 1:18.40
1996 A Magicman 4 Andreas Suborics Hartmut Steguweit Stall Dagobert 1:22.80
1997 Occupandiste 4 Olivier Doleuze Criquette Head Wertheimer et Frère 1:21.40
1998 Tomba 4 Kieren Fallon Brian Meehan John Good 1:27.10
1999 Field of Hope 4 Sylvain Guillot Pascal Bary Grundy Bloodstock Ltd 1:20.80
2000 Indian Lodge 4 Pat Eddery Amanda Perrett Cohn / Parker 1:22.30
2001 Mount Abu 4 Jimmy Fortune John Gosden Seidler / Smith 1:22.90
2002 Dedication 3 Olivier Doleuze Criquette Head-Maarek Ghislaine Head 1:18.70
2003 Etoile Montante 3 Olivier Peslier Criquette Head-Maarek Khalid Abdullah 1:22.60
2004 Somnus 4 Michael Kinane Tim Easterby Legard / Sidebottom / Sykes 1:22.30
2005 Court Masterpiece 5 Gérald Mossé Ed Dunlop Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:22.20
2006 Caradak 5 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 1:20.90
2007 Toylsome 8 Stéphane Pasquier Jens Hirschberger Georg von Ullmann 1:22.50
2008 Paco Boy 3 Christophe Soumillon Richard Hannon, Sr. Calvera Partnership 2 1:19.80
2009 Varenar 3 Stéphane Pasquier Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 1:19.20
2010 Goldikova 5 Olivier Peslier Freddy Head Wertheimer et Frère 1:22.10
2011 Dream Ahead 3 William Buick David Simcock Khalifa Dasmal 1:18.10
2012 Gordon Lord Byron 4 William Buick Tom Hogan Cahalan / Schneider 1:25.17
2013 Moonlight Cloud 5 Thierry Jarnet Freddie Head George Strawbridge 1:21.08
2014 Olympic Glory 4 Frankie Dettori Richard Hannon, Jr. Al Shaqab Racing 1:17.73

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1858:
  • 1859: Wedding
  • 1860: Finlande
  • 1861: Bravoure
  • 1862:
  • 1863:
  • 1864: Tourmalet
  • 1865: Salambo
  • 1866: Normandie
  • 1867: Nemea
  • 1868: Pompier
  • 1869: Monseigneur
  • 1870: no race
  • 1871: Mathilde
  • 1872: Christiania
  • 1873: Barcarolle
  • 1874: Premier Mai
  • 1875: Bibletto
  • 1876: Kilt
  • 1877: Astree
  • 1878: Phenix
  • 1879: Seymour
  • 1880: Castillon
  • 1881: Peronne
  • 1882: Veston
  • 1883: Azur
  • 1884: Azur
  • 1885: Barberine
  • 1886: Fricandeau
  • 1887: Acheron
  • 1888: Catharina
  • 1889: Alicante
  • 1890: Chalet
  • 1891: Le Nord
  • 1892: Fra Angelico
  • 1893: Dolma Baghtche
  • 1894: Omnium II
  • 1895: Hero
  • 1896: Castelnau
  • 1897: Royal Mint
  • 1898: Herse
  • 1899: Semendria
  • 1900: La Camargo
  • 1901: Limousin
  • 1902: Mireille
  • 1903: Lorlot
  • 1904: Adam
  • 1905: Prestige
  • 1906: no race
  • 1907: Valda
  • 1908: Princess Margaret
  • 1909: Moulins la Marche
  • 1910: Ronde de Nuit
  • 1911: Montrose / Petulance *
  • 1912: Blarney
  • 1913: Le Grand Pressigny
  • 1914–18: no race
  • 1919: Cid Campeador
  • 1920: Durzetta
  • 1921: Zariba
  • 1922: Epinard
  • 1923: Scaramouche
  • 1924: Niceas
  • 1925: Brumaire
  • 1926: Licteur
  • 1927: Coram
  • 1928: La Moqueuse
  • 1929: Chateau Bouscaut
  • 1930: Baoule
  • 1931: Four in Hand
  • 1932: Assuerus / Lovelace *
  • 1933: Jocrisse
  • 1934: Jus de Raisin
  • 1935: Gong
  • 1936: Mousson
  • 1937: Blue Star
  • 1938: Dixiana
  • 1939: no race
  • 1940: Corviglia
  • 1941: Esmeralda
  • 1942: Buena Vista
  • 1943: Caravelle
  • 1944: Caravelle
  • 1945: Goyama
  • 1946: Vagabond
  • 1947: Menetrier
  • 1948: Fontenay
  • 1949: Tantieme
  • 1950: Pharsale
  • 1951: Pharaos
  • 1952: Guersant
  • 1953: Fine Top
  • 1954: Fine Top
  • 1955: Vareta
  • 1956: Midget
  • 1957: Oferista
  • 1958: Currito
  • 1959: Hautain
  • 1960: Mincio
  • 1961: Snob
  • 1962: Spy Well
  • 1963: Mirna
  • 1964: Kirkland Lake
  • 1965: Red Slipper
  • 1966: Barbare
  • 1967: Cabhurst
  • 1968: Regent Street
  • 1969: Democratie

* The 1911 and 1932 races were dead-heats and have joint winners.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2012 Breeders' Cup Challenge Schedule" (PDF). breederscup.com. Retrieved 1 July 2012.