Philippe Paquet is a former champion jockey from France, who in 1974 was the winner of the Prix du Jockey Club on Caracolero,and the Gran Premio d'Italia on Ribecourt. In 1976, he also won the Irish Derby on Malacate, and the Irish Oaks on Lagunette. In 1979 and 1980, he won back to back on Boiteon in Prix Maurice de Gheest. In 1981, he won his final Group one on April Run in Prix Vermeille before finishing a close third in the Arc.
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The Prix du Jockey Club, sometimes referred to as the French Derby, is a Group 1 flat horse race in France open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies. It is run at Chantilly over a distance of 2,100 metres each year in early June.
Caracolero was a Kentucky-bred, French-trained Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. He showed some promise as a two-year-old in 1973, winning one of his three races, but was rated well behind the best of his year in France. In the following year he won the Prix Barneveldt and the Prix Matchem before establishing himself as one of the best European colts of his generation with an upset win in the Prix du Jockey-Club. He was injured in his only subsequent race and was retired to stud, where he had little success as a sire of winners.
He was the stable jockey of famous French trainer François Boutin for nine years. He joined Boutin straight from school as a 14yr-old apprentice in 1966, via the local employment exchange.He was on board Nonoalco when the colt made a winning debut in the Prix Yacowlef at Deauville in 1973, breaking the course record in the process and having been made stable jockey to Boutin that season, although Piggott and Saint-Martin were still used when available. In 1980, he finished the 2,000 Guineas in first place on the Boutin-trained Nureyev, but was later disqualified for impeding the progress of Posse, ridden by Pat Eddery.
François Boutin was a French Thoroughbred horse trainer.
Nureyev (1977–2001) was an American-bred, French-trained Thoroughbred racehorse and champion sire. As a racehorse, he was best known as the disqualified "winner" of the 2000 Guineas in 1980.
Patrick James John "Pat" Eddery was an Irish flat racing jockey and horse trainer. He rode three winners of The Derby, and was Champion Jockey on eleven occasions. He is co-holder of the record for most title championships as well as wins in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. He rode the winners of 4,632 British flat races, a figure exceeded only by Sir Gordon Richards.
In 1977, when his 17 Group winners included Trepan, Super Concorde and Malacate, Paquet won the Cravache d’Or (Golden Whip) as French Champion Jockey, which he won again in 1979, the year in which he also won the Champion Stakes on Northern Baby, on whom he had finished third in The Derby at Epsom.
At the end of 1981 he went to Hong Kong and became the stable jockey of 1966 Epsom Derby winning trainer Gordon Symth and English trainer Derek Kent, and then the legendary Australian trainer, the late George Moore, his father-in-law at the time. On 22 January 1984 he won the Hong Kong Derby on Baby Tiger, adding yet another prestigious trophy.
The Hong Kong Derby is a Hong Kong Thoroughbred horse race held annually since 1873. Restricted to horses four-years-old only since 1981, the race is run in mid-March and is the premier event on the domestic racing programme with a purse of HK$18 million.
His career came to an abrupt end while training on Silver Star during a morning training session just weeks later on 13 February 1984. He was thrown onto the turf by his mount and sustained a serious skull fracture. He remained in a coma for more than three months, before finally regaining consciousness. Initially left partially paralysed, he spent time at a rehabilitation centre in Queensland before returning to France. Against all odds and predictions by medical staff he gradually regained mobility, speech and memory.
On an even more tragic note, Englishman Brian Taylor would die from the injuries suffered in a similar fall on the same horse, Silver Star, on 8 December that year.
Brian Taylor (戴萊) was a successful jockey in Thoroughbred horse racing best known for riding Snow Knight to victory in the 1974 Epsom Derby.
Paquet, once paralysed due to the injuries, made a remarkable recovery, and even made a return to horseback, although for leisure only. Working as an assistant trainer to Francois Boutin, he later took out a training licence in his own right and enjoyed success with L'Avocat in 2004, 2005 and 2006, Outlay, Water Dragon, Zarika, Hunaudieres and Zigarolo being among his other winners.
In 2005 Jim McGrath reported in the Daily Telegraph how one morning, having waited for his work rider to appear, in frustration Paquet decided to ride work himself. "After I had done one circuit I went to pull my horse up, but I found I couldn't. After another circuit, I aimed him at a big hedge. The next thing I remember was lying on the ground, and somebody standing over me, telling me my horse was on the other side of the hedge, lying dead. Thank God, I was able to get up, and my horse was just winded."
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Vitigès was a French-bred Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. He was one of the best French-trained two-year-olds of 1976 when he won four races including the Prix Robert Papin and Prix Morny, as well as finishing second in the Prix de la Salamandre. In the following year he won the Prix Djebel and finished second in both the 2000 Guineas and the Prix Jacques le Marois before being transferred to be trained in England. In October 1976 he recorded his greatest success when recording an upset win over a strong field in the Champion Stakes which led to his being rated the best three-year-old to race in the United Kingdom that year. He ran without success as a four-year-old and was retired to stud, where he had some success as a breeding stallion.
Manado was an Irish-bred, French-trained Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. In a racing career which lasted from August 1975 until October 1976 he won three of his twelve races. He was rated the best horse of his generation in Europe in 1975 when he won the Prix Yacowlef by eight lengths before defeating strong opposition in both the Prix de la Salamandre and Grand Criterium. In 1976 he failed to win in eight starts but ran well in several major races. He was retired at the end of the season and stood as a breeding stallion in Ireland and Japan, but made little impact as a sire of winners.
Malacate was an American-bred, French-trained Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. He showed some promise as a two-year-old in 1975, before emerging as one of the leading colts of his generation in Europe in the following year. His performances in 1976 included wins in the Prix La Force, Irish Derby and the first running of the Joe McGrath Memorial Stakes, in addition to running well in races such as the Prix du Jockey Club, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Champion Stakes. After failing in his first season at stud he returned to racing in 1977 and won the Prix Foy. He was then retired for a second time and had some success as a sire or winners in Japan.
La Lagune was a French-bred Thoroughbred racehorse and broodmare. She initially made an impression by winning the Prix de Conde in the autumn of 1965 and added to her reputation with an emphatic victory in the Prix Vanteaux in the following spring. She was then sent to England for the Epsom Oaks and justified her position as favourite, as she ran out a very easy five length winner. She was unable to win again but ran well in defeat against very strong opposition before being retired at the end of the season. She had little chance to prove herself as a broodmare as she produced only one foal.