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Prix Daphnis

The Prix Daphnis is a Group 3 flat horse race in France open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and geldings. It is run at Longchamp over a distance of 1,850 metres (about 1 mile and 1¼ furlongs), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late June or early July.

History

The event was established in 1921 alongside the Prix Chloe, a similar contest for fillies. The two races were named after the characters Daphnis and Chloe from a work by the Greek novelist Longus. The story was popularised in France by the translation of Paul-Louis Courier. Both races were originally held at Le Tremblay, and they usually took place in late April or early May.

The Prix Daphnis was initially contested over 1,600 metres. It served as a trial for the Poule d'Essai des Poulains. It was staged at Longchamp from 1940 to 1942, and returned to Le Tremblay in 1943.

The event was rescheduled to take place on the eve of the Poule d'Essai des Poulains in 1961. From this point its distance was 1,800 metres. Le Tremblay closed in 1967, and the race moved to Longchamp the following year. It was transferred to Évry in 1973, and switched to July in 1977.

With the exception of a single running at Longchamp in 1981, the Prix Daphnis remained at Évry until 1995. For periods thereafter it was held at Maisons-Laffitte (1996–98, 2002–03) and Chantilly (1999–2001, 2004).

The race's current spell at Longchamp began in 2005. It was extended to 1,850 metres in 2010.

Records

Leading jockey (4 wins):

  • Jacques DoyasbèreNosca (1942), Coaraze (1945), Faubourg (1952), Faublas (1953)
  • Léon Flavien – Belebat (1955), Pres du Feu (1958), Savarus (1959), Sigebert (1964)
  • Jackie Taillard – Garde Coeur (1963), Larko (1970), Wronsky (1975), Bellypha (1979)
  • Thierry JarnetTel Quel (1991), Steinbeck (1992), Kouroun (2001), So Beautiful (2012)

Leading trainer (8 wins):

  • André FabreThrill Show (1986), Tel Quel (1991), Steinbeck (1992), Signe Divin (1994), Alrassaam (1999), Bernebeau (2002), Cacique (2004), Golden Century (2009)

Leading owner (7 wins):

  • Marcel BoussacGrazing (1921, dead-heat), Nosca (1942), Coaraze (1945), Djelal (1947), Galcador (1950), Faublas (1953), Alvedas (1973)

Winners since 1978

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1978 Rusticaro Maurice Philipperon Richard Carver, Jr. Ferdinand Beghin
1979 Bellypha Jackie Taillard Alec Head Jacques Wertheimer
1980 Huguenot Yves Saint-Martin Vincent O'Brien Robert Sangster
1981 Dunphy Freddy Head Criquette Head Ghislaine Head
1982 General Holme Alain Lequeux Olivier Douieb Dan Lasater
1983 Glenstal Yves Saint-Martin Vincent O'Brien Robert Sangster
1984 Palace Music Eric Legrix Patrick Biancone Bruce McNall 1:50.90
1985 L'Irresponsable Cash Asmussen François Boutin Stavros Niarchos
1986 Thrill Show Alfred Gibert André Fabre Richard Winn 1:54.10
1987 Groom Dancer Dominique Boeuf Tony Clout Marvin Warner 1:52.84
1988 Bricassar Tony Cruz Pascal Bary Jean-Louis Bouchard
1989 Tartas Guy Guignard Noël Pelat Constantin Boikos 1:50.16
1990 Candy Glen Tony Cruz Chris Wall Antonio Balzarini 1:54.73
1991 Tel Quel Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 1:50.51
1992 Steinbeck Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 1:51.43
1993 Astair Gérald Mossé Alain de Royer-Dupré Marquesa de Moratalla 1:48.40
1994 Signe Divin Sylvain Guillot André Fabre Paul de Moussac 1:48.71
1995 Silent Warrior Cash Asmussen John Hammond Stavros Niarchos 1:50.57
1996 Regal Archive Cash Asmussen Peter Chapple-Hyam Lucy Sangster 1:52.30
1997 Handsome Ridge Sylvain Guillot John Gosden Platt Promotions Ltd 1:53.50
1998 Kabool Gérald Mossé Nicolas Clément Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:52.50
1999 Alrassaam Philip Robinson Michael Jarvis Ahmed Al Maktoum 1:48.90
2000 Boutron Alain Junk Pierre Costes Gary Tanaka 1:54.50
2001 Kouroun Thierry Jarnet Jean-Marie Béguigné Henri de la Chauvelais 1:51.50
2002 Bernebeau Olivier Peslier André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 1:54.40
2003 Lateen Sails Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 1:58.20
2004 Cacique Gary Stevens André Fabre Khalid Abdullah 1:54.90
2005 Pinson Stéphane Pasquier Jean-Claude Rouget Guy de Rothschild 1:50.80
2006 Dilek [a] Christophe Soumillon Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 1:55.70
2007 Loup Breton Christophe Lemaire Elie Lellouche Ecurie Wildenstein 1:51.10
2008 Indian Daffodil Christophe Lemaire Jean-Claude Rouget Edouard de Rothschild 1:49.70
2009 Golden Century Maxime Guyon André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 1:52.20
2010 Emerald Commander Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 2:00.72
2011 Ziyarid [b] Michael Poirier Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 1:53.04
2012 So Beautiful Thierry Jarnet Sandrine Tarrou Sandrine Tarrou 1:57.19
2013 Superplex Mirco Demuro Michael Figge Stall Eivissa 1:55.36

a The 2006 winner Dilek was later exported to Hong Kong and renamed Viva Macau.
b The 2011 winner Ziyarid subsequently raced in Hong Kong as Cheers Joy.

Earlier winners

  • 1921: Grazing / Net *
  • 1922: Joyeux Drille
  • 1923: Sir Gallahad
  • 1924: Optimist
  • 1925: Aethelstan
  • 1926: Bad Leg
  • 1927: Licteur
  • 1928: Orosmade
  • 1929: Argonaute
  • 1930: Bull Dog
  • 1931: Ivan le Terrible
  • 1932: Ronflon
  • 1933: Jumbo
  • 1934: Shining Tor
  • 1935: Comilon
  • 1936: Ambrose Light
  • 1937: Drap d'Or
  • 1938: Tranquil
  • 1939: Mac Kann
  • 1940: Flying Call
  • 1941: Pampre d'Or
  • 1942: Nosca
  • 1943: Fanatique
  • 1944: Tango
  • 1945: Coaraze
  • 1946: Sayani
  • 1947: Djelal
  • 1948:
  • 1949: Oghio
  • 1950: Galcador
  • 1951: Free Man
  • 1952: Faubourg
  • 1953: Faublas
  • 1954:
  • 1955: Belebat
  • 1956: Polic
  • 1957: Mourne
  • 1958: Pres du Feu
  • 1959: Savarus
  • 1960: Djebel Traffic
  • 1961:
  • 1962: Montfleur
  • 1963: Garde Coeur
  • 1964: Sigebert
  • 1965: Sunday
  • 1966: Silver Shark
  • 1967: Blue Tom
  • 1968: Chimist Amber
  • 1969: Bergano
  • 1970: Larko
  • 1971: Maroun
  • 1972: Tom Playfair
  • 1973: Alvedas
  • 1974: Schoeller
  • 1975: Wronsky
  • 1976: Happy New Year
  • 1977: Solicitor

* The 1921 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners.

See also

References


  • france-galop.com – A Brief History: Prix Daphnis.
  • galop.courses-france.com – Prix Daphnis – Palmarès depuis 1980.
  • galopp-sieger.de – Prix Daphnis.
  • horseracingintfed.com – International Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Prix Daphnis (2012).
  • pedigreequery.com – Prix Daphnis – Longchamp.

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