Prix Thomas Bryon

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Prix Thomas Bryon
Group 3 race
Location Saint-Cloud Racecourse
Saint-Cloud, France
Inaugurated1924
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance1,400 metres (7 furlongs) [1]
SurfaceTurf
TrackLeft-handed [1]
QualificationTwo-year-olds
excluding Group 1 winners
[1]
Weight56½ kg
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies
Penalties
2½ kg for Group 2 winners
2½ kg if two Group 3 wins
1½ kg if one Group 3 win
[1]
Purse€80,000 (2018)
1st: €80,000
[1]

The Prix Thomas Bryon is a Group 3 flat horse race in France open to two-year-old thoroughbreds. It is run at Saint-Cloud over a distance of 1,400 metres (about 7 furlongs), and it is scheduled to take place each year in October.

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History

The event is named after Thomas Bryon, an Englishman who helped establish thoroughbred racing in France. He was the secretary at the founding meeting of the Société d'Encouragement in 1833, and published the first volume of the Calendrier des Courses de Chevaux in 1834.

The Prix Thomas Bryon was established in 1924, and it was initially contested over 1,600 metres. It was shortened to 1,500 metres in 1927. It was abandoned throughout World War II, with no running from 1939 to 1945.

The race took place at Longchamp in 1954, and at this point it reverted to 1,600 metres. It began a second period over 1,500 metres in 1958.

The Prix Thomas Bryon was restored to 1,600 metres in 1991. It was staged in November from 1995 to 2000, and was switched to the first half of October in 2001. The distance was reduced to 1,400 metres again in 2015 as part of a series of changes to autumn races for two-year-olds. [2]

Records

Leading jockey (4 wins):


Leading trainer (9 wins):


Leading owner (4 wins):

Winners since 1978

YearWinnerJockeyTrainerOwnerTime
1978 Bellypha Jackie Taillard Alec Head Jacques Wertheimer
1979 Nureyev Philippe Paquet François Boutin Stavros Niarchos 1:40.40
1980Big JohnGeorges DoleuzeE. Chevalier du FauJohn Michael
1981Melyno Yves Saint-Martin François Mathet Stavros Niarchos
1982Bal des FeesAlfred GibertNoël PelatHubert de Chaudenay
1983Polly's Ark Cash Asmussen François Boutin Jean-Luc Lagardère
1984Petit BonhommeHenri SamaniFreddie PalmerGérard de Waldner
1985Secret FormAlain Badel Pascal Bary Peter Goulandris
1986Glory Forever Jorge Velásquez Steve Norton Ahmed bin Salman
1987Raise a Memory Tony Cruz Patrick Biancone Alan Clore
1988Silicon LadyGuy Guignard Jonathan Pease John Goelet1:37.10
1989Septieme CielGuy Guignard Criquette Head Johnny Jones1:34.60
1990Exit to Nowhere Freddy Head François Boutin Stavros Niarchos 1:34.20
1991Code Breaker Éric Legrix Pascal Bary Ecurie I. M. Fares 1:46.10
1992Mil FoilMathieu Boutin Jonathan Pease Henry Seymour1:48.70
1993Fadeyev Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:47.90
1994Housamix Sylvain Guillot André Fabre Jean-Luc Lagardère 1:46.10
1995 Ashkalani Gérald Mossé Alain de Royer-Dupré Aga Khan IV 1:42.30
1996Varxi Dominique Boeuf David SmagaThierry van Zuylen1:53.80
1997Gold Away Olivier Peslier Criquette Head Wertheimer et Frère 1:49.40
1998Pinakaral Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Jean-Luc Lagardère 1:54.40
1999Hightori Gérald Mossé Philippe DemercastelEcurie Bader1:49.80
2000ChichicastenangoAlain JunkPhilippe DemercastelBéatrice Brunet1:53.40
2001Act One Thierry Gillet Jonathan Pease Gerald Leigh1:46.00
2002Songlark Christophe Soumillon André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 1:47.00
2003Apsis Richard Hughes André Fabre Khalid Abdullah 1:44.00
2004Vatori Stéphane Pasquier Philippe DemercastelEcurie Bader1:43.20
2005Set Alight Christophe Lemaire Criquette Head-Maarek Khalid Abdullah 1:41.70
2006Makaan Davy Bonilla Freddy Head Hamdan Al Maktoum 1:41.50
2007Thewayyouare Stéphane Pasquier André Fabre Sean Mulryan 1:44.90
2008Silver Frost Olivier Peslier Yves de NicolayJohn Cotton1:41.70
2009CircumventIoritz Mendizabal Paul Cole Fairy Story Partnership1:45.10
2010 Maxios Christophe Lemaire Jonathan Pease Niarchos Family 1:48.30
2011Abtaal Maxime Guyon Jean-Claude Rouget Hamdan Al Maktoum 1:49.80
2012US Law (aka Kitaya) Christophe Soumillon Pascal Bary Ecurie J-L Bouchard1:52.50
2013Earnshaw Maxime Guyon André Fabre Godolphin 1:47.70
2014Alea Iacta Maxime Guyon André Fabre Kirsten Rausing 1:44.28
2015CandidePierre-Charles Boudot André Fabre Édouard de Rothschild 1:29.71
2016Mate Story Christophe Soumillon David SmagaAleyrion Bloodstock Ltd1:27.91
2017Sacred LifeTheo BachelotStephane WattelEcurie Jean-Louis Bouchard1:29.82
2018East Stéphane Pasquier Kevin RyanEast Partners1:27.84
2019King's Command Mickael Barzalona Charlie Appleby Godolphin 1:31.49
2020Normandy BridgeTheo BachelotStephanie Nigge Gerry Ryan 1:47.85

Earlier winners

* The 1926 and 1931 races were dead-heats and have joint winners.

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Kalamoun was a British-bred, French-trained Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. Owned and bred by Aga Khan IV he showed promise as a juvenile, winning once and running well in the Observer Gold Cup and the Prix Thomas Bryon. In the following year he emerged as one of the best colts of his generation in France, recording Group One victories the Poule d'Essai des Poulains, Prix Lupin and Prix Jacques Le Marois. He was retired at the end of the season and became a successful breeding stallion in a brief stud career. He died in 1979 at the age of nine.

Camaree was a French Thoroughbred racehorse and broodmare. She showed promise as a juvenile when she won twice and finished second in the Prix Thomas Bryon. She reached her peak in the following spring when she took the Prix Vanteaux and was then sent to England where she recorded her biggest victory in the 1000 Guineas. She ran unplaced when favourite for the Epsom Oaks and was retired from racing. She had little success as a broodmare.

References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "Prix Thomas Bryon". The French Black Type. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  2. "European Pattern Committee announces changes to the 2015 European Programme". britishhorseracing.com. Retrieved 8 October 2015.