Prix du Bois

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Prix du Bois
Group 3 race
Location Chantilly Racecourse
Chantilly, France
Inaugurated 1925
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 1,000 metres (5f)
Surface Turf
Track Straight
Qualification Two-year-olds
Weight 56 kg
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies
Penalties
3 kg for Group winners
Purse €80,000 (2016)
1st: €40,000

The Prix du Bois is a Group 3 flat horse race in France open to two-year-old thoroughbreds. It is run at Chantilly over a distance of 1,000 metres (about 5 furlongs), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late June or early July.

History[edit]

The event was established in 1925, and it was originally held at Longchamp. It takes its name from the Bois de Boulogne, the location of its former home, and the Avenue du Bois (now the Avenue Foch), which leads towards the racecourse.

Due to World War II, the Prix du Bois was not run from 1940 to 1945.

The race was promoted to Group 3 status in 1982. It continued to be staged at Longchamp until 1994. It took place at Chantilly in 1995, and returned to Longchamp in 1996. For a period thereafter it was switched between Deauville (1997–98, 2003) and Chantilly (1999–2002, 2004–05).

The Prix du Bois was transferred to Maisons-Laffitte in 2006. Its current spell at Chantilly began in 2009. It was run at Deauville again in 2016.

The leading horses from the Prix du Bois often go on to compete in the Prix Robert Papin. The first to win both races was Erica in 1927, and the most recent was Family One in 2011.

Records[edit]

Leading jockey (10 wins):

  • Roger PoinceletChesterfield (1946), Arbace (1948), Dahabi (1949), Lets Fly (1953), Polamia (1957), Dan Cupid (1958), High Bulk (1960), Mr Brookwood (1961), Spy Well (1962), Timmy Lad (1963)

Leading trainer (6 wins):

  • François Mathet – Taoutcha (1952), Calshot (1966), Zeddaan (1967), Rockcress (1968), Myosotis (1974), Adraan (1979)
  • Etienne Pollet – Polamia (1957), Dan Cupid (1958), High Bulk (1960), Mr Brookwood (1961), Spy Well (1962), Timmy Lad (1963)
  • Pascal BaryExport Price (1986), Rich and Famous (1989), Imperfect World (1998), Much Faster (2003), Divine Proportions (2004), Natagora (2007)

Leading owner (5 wins):

  • Gertrude WidenerPolamia (1957), Dan Cupid (1958), Mr Brookwood (1961), Spy Well (1962), Timmy Lad (1963)

Winners since 1978[edit]

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1978 Irish River Maurice Philipperon John Cunnington, Jr. Mrs Raymond Adès
1979 Adraan Yves Saint-Martin François Mathet HH Aga Khan IV 0:57.70
1980 Twig Prince Michel Planard Pierre Biancone Mrs André Lhote
1981 Maelstrom Lake Georges Doleuze Edouard Bartholomew Jacques Feuillard
1982 American Stress Bruno Pizzorni Freddie Palmer Edouard Buffard
1983 Masarika Yves Saint-Martin Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 0:57.60
1984 Noblequest Gérard Dubroeucq Robert Collet Bendar bin M. Al Kabir 0:57.00
1985 Kanmary Guy Guignard Elie Lellouche Mrs Patrick O'Neill 0:59.50
1986 Export Price Cash Asmussen Pascal Bary Ecurie I. M. Fares 0:57.30
1987 Arabian Falcon Guy Guignard Bernard Vanheeghe Mrs Georges Sandor 0:59.20
1988 Tersa Freddy Head François Boutin Allen Paulson 0:59.10
1989 Rich and Famous Norbert Jeanpierre Pascal Bary Ross Gilbert 0:58.20
1990 The Perfect Life Alain Lequeux Robert Collet Richard Strauss 0:58.20
1991 Arazi Gérald Mossé François Boutin Allen Paulson 0:58.70
1992 Glorieux Dancer Mathieu Boutin Robert Collet Werner Wolf 0:59.80
1993 Porto Varas Freddy Head François Boutin Niccolò Incisa Rocchetta 0:58.00
1994 Expelled Pat Eddery François Boutin Khalid Abdullah 0:57.40
1995 Media Nox Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Khalid Abdullah 0:58.20
1996 Deep Finesse Philip Robinson Michael Jarvis John Sims 0:59.20
1997 Zelding Thierry Jarnet Robert Collet Richard Strauss 1:00.50
1998 Imperfect World Sylvain Guillot Pascal Bary Serge Fradkoff 0:58.90
1999 Morning Pride Olivier Peslier André Fabre Maktoum Al Maktoum 0:57.40
2000 Ozone Layer Olivier Peslier André Fabre Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:02.00
2001 Ziria Gérald Mossé Carlos Laffon-Parias Leonidas Marinopoulos 0:58.20
2002 Ela Merici Vincent Vion Corine Barande-Barbe Corine Barande-Barbe 1:00.30
2003 Much Faster Thierry Thulliez Pascal Bary Ecurie J. L. Bouchard 0:57.60
2004 Divine Proportions Christophe Lemaire Pascal Bary Niarchos Family 0:58.70
2005 Gwenseb Olivier Peslier Carlos Laffon-Parias Wertheimer et Frère 0:58.10
2006 Sandwaki Olivier Peslier Carlos Laffon-Parias Wertheimer et Frère 0:59.80
2007 Natagora Stéphane Pasquier Pascal Bary Stefan Friborg 0:57.20
2008 Percolator Christophe Soumillon Paul Cole Henry Robinson 0:56.30
2009 Dolled Up Olivier Peslier Robert Collet Anne-Marie Hayes 0:58.10
2010 Keratiya Christophe Lemaire Jean-Claude Rouget HH Aga Khan IV 0:59.10
2011 Family One Ioritz Mendizabal Yann Barberot Ecurie Ascot 0:57.58
2012 Snowday Olivier Peslier Carlos Laffon-Parias Wertheimer et Frère 0:59.31
2013 Vedeux Marc Lerner Carlos Lerner P Hoze & Ecurie Haras du Cadran 0:59.24
2014 Goken Fabrice Veron Henri-Alex Pantall Guy Pariente 0:58.52
2015 Fly On The Night Umberto Rispoli Attilio Giorgi Pietro Sinistri 0:58.28
2016 Cosachope Maxime Guyon Philippe Sogorb Guy Pariente 0:58.77

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1925: Tatters
  • 1926: Never Late
  • 1927: Erica
  • 1928: La Rocque
  • 1929: Advertencia
  • 1930: Cristal
  • 1931: Sisterari
  • 1932: Asterisk
  • 1933: Corindon
  • 1934: Puits d'Amour
  • 1935: Don Milo
  • 1936: Le Radjah
  • 1937: Pamir
  • 1938: Courteille
  • 1939: Folincourt
  • 1940–45: no race
  • 1946: Chesterfield
  • 1947: Primeur
  • 1948: Arbace
  • 1949: Dahabi
  • 1950: Idas
  • 1951: Pharaos
  • 1952: Taoutcha
  • 1953: Let's Fly
  • 1954: Americ
  • 1955: Reine Martiale
  • 1956: L'Astrologue
  • 1957: Polamia
  • 1958: Dan Cupid
  • 1959: Barbaresque
  • 1960: High Bulk
  • 1961: Mr Brookwood
  • 1962: Spy Well
  • 1963: Timmy Lad
  • 1964: Fair Portion
  • 1965: Nursery Song
  • 1966: Calshot
  • 1967: Zeddaan
  • 1968: Rockcress
  • 1969: Baroque
  • 1970: My Swallow
  • 1971: Daring Display
  • 1972: Benthose
  • 1973: Lianga
  • 1974: Myosotis
  • 1975: Dacani
  • 1976: Juge de Paix
  • 1977: Soudromont

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