International Topkapi Trophy

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International Topkapi Trophy
Group 2 race
Location Veliefendi Race Course
Istanbul, Turkey
Race type Flat
Sponsor Longines
Race information
Distance 1,600 metres (1 mile)
Surface Turf
Track Right-handed
Qualification Three-years-old and up, geldings not allowed
Weight 56 kg (3yo); 60 kg (4yo+)
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies and mares

The International Topkapi Trophy is a Group 2 flat horse race in Turkey open to horses aged three years or older. It is run at Veliefendi Race Course over a distance of 1,600 metres (about 1 mile), and it is scheduled to take place each year in early September. The race is part of Istanbul's International Racing Festival. [1]

Group races, also known as Pattern races, or Graded races in some jurisdictions, are the highest level of races in Thoroughbred horse racing. They include most of the world's iconic races, such as, in Europe, The Derby, Irish Derby and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, in Australia, the Melbourne Cup and in the United States, the Kentucky Derby and Breeders' Cup races. Victory in these races marks a horse as being particularly talented, if not exceptional, and they are extremely important in determining stud values. They are also sometimes referred to as Black type races, since any horse that has won one of these races is printed in bold type in sales catalogues.

Flat racing is a form of horse racing which is run on a level racecourse. It is run over a predetermined distance from 2 furlongs (402 m) up to 3 miles (4,828 m) and is either test of speed, stamina, or both, whilst the skills of the jockey is determined by his ability to restrain the horse or impel it. Flat racing does not require horses to jump over any obstacles such as is required for hurdling or steeplechase. It differs from harness racing where horses are pulling a sulky and wear a harness. While in many countries flat racing is the most common form of horse racing, in Great Britain and Ireland it is used to describe the racing season that comes after the jumps racing which is traditionally held over the winter period.

Horse racing Equestrian sport

Horse racing is an equestrian performance sport, typically involving two or more horses ridden by jockeys over a set distance for competition. It is one of the most ancient of all sports, as its basic premise – to identify which of two or more horses is the fastest over a set course or distance – has been unchanged since at least classical antiquity.

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History

The Topkapi Trophy was elevated to international Group 2 level in 2009.

Records since 2000

Most successful horse (3 wins):


Leading jockey (4 wins):

Neil Callan is an Irish horse racing jockey. He has been ranked in the top echelon of riders on the UK jockeys' championship and has finished runner-up in 2005 and 2007. In 2010/2011 he rode 5 winners during his first three-month stint in Hong Kong.


Leading trainer (3 wins):

Winners since 2000 [2]

YearWinner AgeJockeyTrainer Time
2000 Huambo 3 Andrasch Starke Andreas Schutz (GER) 1:35.58
2001 Mary Ellen 3 A Birdal L Berkol (TUR) 1:35.69
2002 Akindayim 3 Fuat Cakar (TUR) 1:35.33
2003 Mary Ellen 5 A Birdal L Berkol (TUR) 1:36.39
2004 Luxor 4 Erhan Yavuz A Coskan (TUR) 1:35.20
2005 Brunel 4 Andreas Suborics William Haggas (GB) 1:34.74
2006 Ribella 6 Selim Kaya O Isgoren (TUR) 1:34.60
2007 Sabirli 6 Halis Karatas Cemal Kurt (TUR) 1:36.24
2008 Pressing 5 Neil Callan Michael Jarvis (GB) 1:33.65
2009 Pressing 6 Neil Callan Michael Jarvis (GB) 1:36.44
2010 Pressing 7 Neil Callan Michael Jarvis (GB) 1:36.04
2011 Musir 5 Christophe Soumillon Mike De Kock (SAF) 1:33.58
2012 Master of Hounds 4 Christophe Soumillon William Haggas (GB) 1:34.49
2013 Producer 4 Richard Hughes Richard Hannon Sr. (GB) 1:35.33
2014 Glory Awaits 4 Neil Callan Kevin Ryan (GB) 1:39.75
2015 Toormore 4 James Doyle Richard Hannon Jr. (GB) 1:35.71
2016 Blond Me 4 Oisin Murphy Andrew Balding (GB) 1:36.21
2017 Wonnemond 4 Daniele Porcu Sascha Smrczek (GER) 1:35.28

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References

  1. Blood-Horse Staff (4 September 2009). "British Horses Dominate Races in Turkey". BloodHorse.com.
  2. Topkapi Trophy

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