Prix des Chênes

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Prix des Chênes
Group 3 race
Location Longchamp Racecourse
Paris, France
Inaugurated 1882
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 1,600 metres (1 mile)
Surface Turf
Track Right-handed
Qualification Two-year-old
colts and geldings
excluding Group winners
Weight 58 kg
Purse €80,000 (2016)
1st: €40,000

The Prix des Chênes is a Group 3 flat horse race in France open to two-year-old thoroughbred colts and geldings. It is run at Longchamp over a distance of 1,600 metres (about 1 mile), and it is scheduled to take place each year in September.

History[edit]

The event was originally open to two-year-olds of either gender. It was established in 1882, and was contested over 1,600 metres at Longchamp.

The race was abandoned during World War I, with no running from 1914 to 1919.

Due to World War II, the Prix des Chênes was cancelled in 1939 and 1940. It was held at Le Tremblay in 1943, and was cancelled again in 1944.

The race was cut to 1,400 metres in 1964. It reverted to 1,600 metres in 1966.

The Prix des Chênes left Longchamp after 1988. For brief spells it was staged at Saint-Cloud (1989–90, 1994), Évry (1991–93) and Chantilly (1995). It returned to Longchamp and was closed to fillies in 1996.

The race formerly served as a trial for the Grand Critérium. It is now more usually a trial for the Critérium International.

Records[edit]

Leading jockey (5 wins):

  • Frank O'Neill – Mongolie (1911), Pirpiriol (1912), Phusla (1920), Saint Hubert (1922), Cadum (1923)
  • Charles SemblatLucide (1924), Becassine (1925), Verdi (1928), Cassandre (1930), Vaucouleurs (1931)
  • Yves Saint-MartinTaraval (1963), Bord a Bord (1964), Stanleyville (1972), Captive Island (1984), Splendid Moment (1985)

Leading trainer (9 wins):

  • André FabreAlong All (1988), Manninamix (1995), Grazalema (1998), Equerry (2000), Shaanmer (2001), Carlotamix (2005), French Navy (2010), Cloth of Stars (2015), Akihiro (2016)

Leading owner (6 wins):

  • Edouard de RothschildVertumne (1902), Cadum (1923), Bubbles (1927), Godiche (1929), Gonfalonier (1936), Irifle (1938)

Winners since 1978[edit]

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1976 Silk Slipper Maurice Philipperon John Cunnington Michael Sobell 1:45.8
1977 Jaazeiro Philippe Paquet Francois Boutin Souren Vanian 1:38.7
1978 Discretion Maurice Philipperon John Cunnington, Jr. Michael Sobell
1979 In Fijar Henri Samani Mitri Saliba Mahmoud Fustok 1:40.00
1980 Dunphy Freddy Head Criquette Head Ghislaine Head
1981 Bon Sang Alfred Gibert Mitri Saliba Mahmoud Fustok
1982 Pluralisme Freddy Head Alec Head Jacques Wertheimer
1983 Mendez Cash Asmussen François Boutin Philip Niarchos 1:47.10
1984 Captive Island Yves Saint-Martin Robert Collet Robert Sangster
1985 Splendid Moment Yves Saint-Martin Robert Collet Richard Strauss
1986 Fotitieng Freddy Head François Boutin Stavros Niarchos
1987 Harmless Albatross Alain Lequeux Robert Collet Richard Strauss
1988 Along All Cash Asmussen André Fabre Daniel Wildenstein
1989 Funambule Guy Guignard Criquette Head Etti Plesch 1:41.70
1990 Reason to Trick Cash Asmussen John Hammond Henri Chalhoub
1991 Litron Dragan Ilic Theo Grieper Sonja Wewering 1:42.70
1992 Dancienne Dominique Boeuf Elie Lellouche Charles Sarmant 1:53.67
1993 Gunboat Diplomacy Olivier Peslier Elie Lellouche Daniel Wildenstein 1:47.32
1994 Coco Passion William Mongil John Hammond Henri Chalhoub 1:52.70
1995 Manninamix Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Jean-Luc Lagardère 1:46.70
1996 Nombre Premier Philippe Sogorb Alain de Royer-Dupré Marquesa de Moratalla 1:44.80
1997 Second Empire Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Magnier 1:35.40
1998 Grazalema Olivier Peslier André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 1:49.60
1999 Jokerman Jean-René Dubosc Jean-Claude Rouget Mrs Bertrand Clin 1:38.50
2000 Equerry Frankie Dettori André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 1:38.05
2001 Shaanmer Olivier Peslier André Fabre Edouard de Rothschild 1:46.50
2002 Dalakhani Christophe Soumillon Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 1:41.70
2003 Bago Thierry Gillet Jonathan Pease Niarchos Family 1:39.30
2004 Helios Quercus Alexandre Roussel Cyriaque Diard Thierry Maudet 1:40.60
2005 Carlotamix Thierry Jarnet André Fabre HH Aga Khan IV 1:42.80
2006 Spirit One Dominique Boeuf Philippe Demercastel Bouzid Chehboub 1:45.10
2007 Blue Chagall Johan Victoire Henri-Alex Pantall William Preston 1:40.80
2008 Calvados Blues Ioritz Mendizabal Philippe Demercastel Malcolm Parrish 1:43.30
2009 Behkabad Christophe Lemaire Jean-Claude Rouget HH Aga Khan IV 1:39.30
2010 French Navy Maxime Guyon André Fabre Godolphin 1:46.40
2011 Vizir Bere Christophe Soumillon Didier Prod'homme Bryan Lynam 1:41.40
2012 Pearl Flute Umberto Rispoli Francis Graffard Pearl Bloodstock Ltd 1:45.61
2013 Ectot Gregory Benoist Elie Lellouche Augustin-Normand / Vidal 1:43.11
2014 Evasive's First Franck Blondel Frederic Rossi Jean-Claude Seroul 1:43.04
2015 Cloth of Stars Mickael Barzalona André Fabre Godolphin 1:41.16
2016 Akihiro[a] Maxime Guyon André Fabre Wertheimer et Frère 1:38.12
2017 Stage Magic James Doyle Charlie Appleby Godolphin 1:38.77

a The 2016 running took place at Chantilly while Longchamp was closed for redevelopment.

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1882: Parthenope
  • 1883: Carmelite
  • 1884: Maman Berthe
  • 1885:
  • 1886: Concordia
  • 1887: Fumiste
  • 1888: Tire-Larigot
  • 1889: Master Gillam
  • 1890: Espion
  • 1891: Incitatus
  • 1892: Argenteuil
  • 1893: Chartreuse
  • 1894: Le Justicier
  • 1895: Epicharis
  • 1896:
  • 1897: Infant
  • 1898: Maurice
  • 1899: Love Grass
  • 1900: Saint Armel
  • 1901: Montgaillard
  • 1902: Vertumne
  • 1903: Feuille de Chou
  • 1904: Finasseur
  • 1905: Moulins la Marche
  • 1906: Imperia
  • 1907: Quintette
  • 1908: Kumamoto
  • 1909: Soleil
  • 1910: Faucheur
  • 1911: Mongolie
  • 1912: Pirpiriol
  • 1913: Oued
  • 1914–19: no race
  • 1920: Phusla
  • 1921: Syntheme
  • 1922: Saint Hubert
  • 1923: Cadum
  • 1924: Lucide
  • 1925: Becassine
  • 1926: La Desirade
  • 1927: Bubbles
  • 1928: Verdi
  • 1929: Godiche
  • 1930: Cassandre
  • 1931: Vaucouleurs
  • 1932: Pantalon
  • 1933: Denver
  • 1934: Ping Pong
  • 1935: Don Milo
  • 1936: Gonfalonier
  • 1937: Love Secret
  • 1938: Irifle
  • 1939–40: no race
  • 1941: My Drake / Tartarin *
  • 1942: Micipsa
  • 1943: Vole Vite
  • 1944: no race
  • 1945: Fasano
  • 1946:
  • 1947:
  • 1948: Fontenay
  • 1949: Eppi d'Or
  • 1950: Lavarede
  • 1951: Galeace
  • 1952: Corioline
  • 1953: Alba Nox
  • 1954: Fersen
  • 1955:
  • 1956: Mourne
  • 1957: Arsar
  • 1958: Tiepoletto
  • 1959: Tanata
  • 1960: Misti
  • 1961: Tracy
  • 1962: Beautiful
  • 1963: Taraval
  • 1964: Bord a Bord
  • 1965: Behistoun
  • 1966: Frontal
  • 1967: Verglas
  • 1968: Tuxpan
  • 1969: Experio
  • 1970: Maraschino
  • 1971: Banaldo
  • 1972: Stanleyville
  • 1973: Bayraan
  • 1974: Mariacci
  • 1975: French Swanee

* The 1941 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners.

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