Prix du Pin

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Prix du Pin
Group 3 race
Location Longchamp Racecourse
Paris, France
Inaugurated1883
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance1,400 metres (7f)
SurfaceTurf
TrackRight-handed
QualificationThree-years-old and up
exc. G2 winners this year
Weight56 kg (3yo); 57 kg (4yo+)
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies and mares
Penalties
2 kg for G3 winners this year
Purse€80,000 (2016)
1st: €40,000
Prix du Pin
2020
Owner Godolphin.svg Owner Lady Bamford.svg Owner Mme Natalie Steinmann.svg
EarthlightTropbeauManjeer

The Prix du Pin is a Group 3 flat horse race in France open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at Longchamp over a distance of 1,400 metres (about 7 furlongs), and it is scheduled to take place each year in September.

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History

The event takes its name from France's oldest horse breeding establishment, located at Le Pin-au-Haras in Orne. The stud farm's construction was authorised by Louis XIV in 1715, and the first horses it accommodated were transferred from the previous Royal Stud at Saint-Léger-en-Yvelines in 1717. [1]

The Prix du Pin was introduced at Chantilly in 1883. It was run over 3,000 metres in late October, and was initially designed to test the aptitudes of horses for carrying unusually high weights. The burden for four-year-olds was 78½ kg (173 lb), while that for older horses was 80 kg (176 lb). It was cut to 2,000 metres in 1904.

The event was cancelled in 1906 as an indirect result of public disorder at Longchamp. Three meetings were switched to Chantilly, and to make way for the extra races the Prix du Pin was dropped. It was moved to Longchamp and restored to 3,000 metres the following year. It was abandoned throughout World War I, with no running from 1914 to 1918.

The original conditions were maintained until 1928. From this point the basic weight for horses aged four or older was 60 kg (132 lb). The race was cancelled twice during World War II, in 1939 and 1940. It was held at Maisons-Laffitte in 1943 and Le Tremblay in 1944.

The distance of the Prix du Pin remained at 3,000 metres until 1949. It was subsequently contested over 2,500 metres (1950–51), 1,850 metres (1952–55), 2,600 metres (1956) and 2,000 metres (1957–59). In the 1960s, it was run over 1,850 metres (1960–61), 2,100 metres (1962–63), 2,000 metres (1964) and 1,800 metres (1965–69). It was shortened to 1,400 metres in 1970.

For a period the Prix du Pin held Listed status. It was promoted to Group 3 level in 2004.

Records

Most successful horse (2 wins):


Leading jockey (4 wins):


Leading trainer (7 wins):


Leading owner (5 wins):

Winners since 1978

YearWinnerAgeJockeyTrainerOwnerTime
1978Kaldoun3Jacques HelouryFrançois Mathet Aga Khan IV 1:23.10
1979Kaldoun4 Yves Saint-Martin François Mathet Aga Khan IV
1980Princesse Lida3 Freddy Head Alec Head Jacques Wertheimer
1981Princely Ruler3 Maurice Philipperon John Cunnington, Jr. Ralph Wilson
1982Prospero5Claude RamonetC. HervéMrs Sylvain Aknin
1983Ice Hot3Gérard DubroeucqClaude BeniadaRichard Winn
1984Nikos3Alain BadelJ. C. CunningtonCountess Batthyany
1985River Drummer3 Alain Lequeux François Boutin Stavros Niarchos
1986Made of Pearl3 Gérald Mossé Criquette Head Ecurie Aland
1987Allius4 Yves Saint-Martin Alain de Royer-Dupré Etti Plesch
1988Bitooh3Guy Guignard Criquette Head Maktoum Al Maktoum
1989Malaspina5Guy Guignard Criquette Head Ghislaine Head
1990Philippi4 Gérald Mossé Nicolas ClémentJean-Louis Beuzelin
1991Hello Pink3Alain BadelHenri van de PoeleLeseleuc de Kerouara1:24.00
1992Kenbu3 Freddy Head François Boutin Tomohiro Wada1:23.50
1993Sharp Prod3 Lester Piggott Lord Huntingdon Elizabeth II 1:24.70
1994Neverneyev4 Olivier Doleuze Criquette Head Jacques Wertheimer 1:25.50
1995Poplar Bluff3 Olivier Peslier André Fabre Daniel Wildenstein 1:28.20
1996Zarannda3 Gérald Mossé Alain de Royer-Dupré Aga Khan IV 1:25.70
1997Vert Val [a] 3 Olivier Doleuze Criquette Head Wertheimer et Frère 1:22.80
1998Alamo Bay5 Olivier Peslier André Fabre Daniel Wildenstein 1:24.40
1999Midnight Foxtrot3 Olivier Doleuze Criquette Head Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:22.70
2000Touch of the Blues3 Dominique Boeuf Carlos Laffon-Parias Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:21.80
2001Amonita3 Thierry Jarnet Pascal Bary Mrs Paul de Moussac1:23.90
2002Cayoke5 Thierry Gillet Sylvain Guillot Patricia Beck1:23.30
2003Etoile Montante3 Olivier Peslier Criquette Head-Maarek Khalid Abdullah 1:20.00
2004Comete5 Davy Bonilla Maxime CesandriMrs Jean-Claude Bouret1:20.10
2005Coupe de Champe4 Stéphane Pasquier Patrick TualJacques Seror1:19.90
2006Price Tag3 Thierry Thulliez Pascal Bary Khalid Abdullah 1:22.70
2007Sabana Perdida4 Christophe Lemaire Alain de Royer-Dupré Scuderia Zaro1:19.80
2008Captain's Lover4 Stéphane Pasquier André Fabre Team Valor 1:20.30
2009Proviso4 Stéphane Pasquier André Fabre Khalid Abdullah 1:22.13
2010 Sahpresa 5 Christophe Soumillon Rod ColletDouglas McIntyre1:19.67
2011Best Dating4Gregory BenoistStéphane WattelJean-Jacques Rabineau1:24.02
2012Blue Soave4 Thierry Thulliez Fabrice ChappetBelluteau / Gustave1:20.13
2013Desert Blanc5Gregory BenoistChristian BailletEcurie Jarlan1:20.31
2014Bamiyan4 Thierry Jarnet Thierry LemerHenri de la Chauvelais1:20.09
2015Taniyar3 Christophe Soumillon Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 1:19.63
2016Jallota [b] 5 Christophe Soumillon Charlie HillsFitri Hay1:24.16
2017Karar [b] 5Gregory BenoistFrancis-Henri GraffardAl Shaqab Racing1:24.05
2018Tornibush4 Olivier Peslier Philippe DecouzAntoine Griezmann & Ecurie Seyssel1:18.93
2019City Light5 Christophe Soumillon Stephane WattelEcurie Jean-Louis Bouchard1:18.37
2020Earthlight3 Mickael Barzalona André Fabre Godolphin 1:17.42

a Keos finished first in 1997, but he was relegated to third place following a stewards' inquiry.
b The 2016 & 2017 runnings took place at Chantilly while Longchamp was closed for redevelopment.

Earlier winners

* The 1929 and 1945 races were dead-heats and have joint winners.

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References

  1. "Le Pin National Stud". haras-national-du-pin.com. Archived from the original on 17 November 2008. Retrieved 6 September 2009.