Prix du Gros Chêne

The Prix du Gros Chêne is a Group 2 flat horse race in France open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at Chantilly over a distance of 1,000 metres (about 5 furlongs), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late May or early June.

Prix du Gros Chêne
Group 2 race
LocationChantilly Racecourse
Chantilly, France
Inaugurated1857
Race typeFlat / Thoroughbred
Websitefrance-galop.com
Race information
Distance1,000 metres (5f)
SurfaceTurf
TrackStraight
QualificationThree-years-old and up
Weight55 kg (3yo); 58 kg (4yo+)
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies and mares
Penalties
3 kg for Group 1 winners *
2 kg for Group 2 winners *
1 kg if two Group 3 wins *
* since July 1 last year
Purse130,000 (2022)
1st: €74,100
Prix du Gros Chêne
2021
Royal blue, dark blue stripe, white sleeves, brown cap Dark green, yellow epaulettes, yellow sleeves, yellow cap Yellow, white sleeves, yellow cap
Pradaro Berneuil Batwan
Previous years
2020
Brown, red cap Gold, red spots, gold sleeves, cap halved horizontally Royal blue, yellow stripe, yellow sleeves, royal blue armlets and star on yellow cap
Tour To Paris Gold Vibe Ken Colt
2018
Emerald Green, Purple epaulets and sleeves, striped cap Gold, red spots, gold sleeves, cap halved horizontally Pink, light blue cross belts and armlets, quartered cap
Finsbury Square Gold Vibe A Momentofmadness
2017
Royal blue, white epaulets, striped cap Emerald Green, Purple epaulets and sleeves, striped cap White, light blue stars, pink cap
Muthmir Finsbury Square Plusquemavie
2016
Yellow and Light Blue hoops, Yellow sleeves, Light Blue cap Blue and white hoops, red sleeves, white cap Emerald Green, Purple epaulets and sleeves, striped cap
Son Cesio Catcall Finsbury Square
2015
Royal blue, white epaulets, striped cap Blue and white hoops, red sleeves, white cap Black, yellow star on cap
Muthmir Catcall Spirit Quartz
2014
Royal blue, white sleeves, red chevrons, red cap Blue and white hoops, red sleeves, white cap Dark Green, white stripe and epaulets, striped cap
Rangali Catcall Dibajj
2013
Claret, gold braid, claret sleeves, claret cap, gold tassel Blue and white hoops, red sleeves, white cap White, light blue hoops on body, light blue cap
Spirit Quartz Catcall Gammarth
2012
Emerald green, orange epaulets and armlets, white cap, orange star Dark blue, yellow epaulets, dark blue sleeves, yellow spots Yellow, red disc, yellow sleeves, red stars, red cap
Wizz Kid Stepper Point Hamish McGonagall
2011
Emerald green, orange epaulets and armlets, white cap, orange star Pink, emerald green epaulets and armlets, hooped cap Red, white stripe, diamonds on sleeves, black cap
Wizz Kid Prohibit Inxile
2010-2001
2010
Dark blue, light blue cross sashes, striped sleeves, white cap Mauve and maroon stripes, purple sleeves and cap Orange, Light Green disc
Planet Five Piccadilly Filly Marchand D'Or
2009
Black, yellow cross of lorraine Emerald green, orange epaulets and cap Royal Blue and Yellow stripes, diabolo on sleeves, Royal Blue cap
Tax Free Black Mambazo Benbaun
2008
Orange, Light Green disc Red and dark green hoops, dark green sleeves and cap Black, Pink braces, Emerald Green cap, Orange stars
Marchand D'Or Equiano Sir Gerry
2007
White and dark green hoops, white sleeves, dark green armlets, hooped cap Black and white hoops, royal blue cap, white star Black and white hoops, royal blue cap, white star
Beauty Is Truth Peace Offering Moss Vale
2006
Black and white hoops, royal blue cap, white star Royal Blue and Yellow stripes, diabolo on sleeves, Royal Blue cap Black, yellow cross of lorraine
Moss Vale Benbaun Tax Free
2005
Dark green and white (halved), striped sleeves, pink cap Royal Blue and Yellow stripes, diabolo on sleeves, Royal Blue cap Royal blue and white diamonds, white sleeves, royal blue armlet, royal blue and white quartered cap
The Trader Benbaun Avonbridge
2004
Royal blue and white diamonds, white sleeves, royal blue armlet, royal blue and white quartered cap White, Dark Blue hoops, armlets and hooped cap Dark green and white (halved), striped sleeves, pink cap
Avonbridge Porlezza The Trader
2003
White, Dark Blue hoops, armlets and hooped cap White and dark green hoops, white sleeves, dark green armlets, hooped cap Dark green and white (halved), striped sleeves, pink cap
Porlezza Zipping The Trader
2002
White, Dark Blue hoops, armlets and hooped cap Royal blue, white chevron, light blue cap Grey and white hoops
Porlezza Maybe Forever Dobby Road
2001
Blue, white seams, white sleeves, white cap Royal blue, white chevron, light blue cap Red, white cap
Dananeyev Season's Greetings Messoeurs
2000-1990
2000
Light blue, dark blue seams, red cap, dark blue spots Cherry, cornflower blue sash and cap Blue, white stars on body, star on cap
Nuclear Debate Watching Seltitude
1999
White and dark green hoops, white sleeves, dark green armlets, hooped cap Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves White, large red spots and armlets, red and white quartered cap
Sainte Marine Dream Chief Red Prairie
1998
White and dark green hoops, white sleeves, dark green armlets, hooped cap Dark blue, light blue cross sashes, striped sleeves, white cap White and dark green hoops, white sleeves, dark green armlets, hooped cap
Sainte Marine Piperi Zelding
1997
Dark blue, light blue cross sashes, striped sleeves, white cap Brown and green stripes, brown sleeves and cap Black, red seams, hooped sleeves, striped cap
Titus Livius Wardara Hever Golf Rose
1996
Beige, black sleeves and cap Royal blue Maroon and white diabolo, maroon cap
Anabaa Easy Option General Alan
1995
Dark blue and white stripes, white sleeves, hooped cap Maroon, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star Emerald green, white chevron, armlets and star on cap
Millyant Diffident Struggler
1994
Royal blue, white chevron, light blue cap Purple, light blue chevron, light blue cap Royal blue, white seams, sleeves and cap
Spain Lane Blue Siren Way West
1993
Eton blue, black hooped cap Royal Blue, Light Blue cap Purple, light blue chevron, light blue cap
Surprise Offer Monde Bleu Lochsong
1992
Royal Blue, Light Blue cap Yellow, red epaulets, hooped sleeves, red cap Maroon, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star
Monde Bleu Showbrook Wedding Of The Sea
1991
Red Royal blue, white chevron, light blue cap Black and red diabolo, red sleeves and cap
Divine Danse Touch And Love Noble Kara
1990
Royal blue, white chevron, light blue cap Dark green, pink hoop and armlets Grey, pink hooped sleeves, pink cap
Nabeel Dancer Ron's Victory Luring
 

HistoryEdit

The event was established in 1857, and it was originally contested over 800 metres. Its title refers to a large oak tree which stood in the grounds of the racecourse – the English translation of Gros Chêne is "Great Oak". The race was abandoned because of the Franco-Prussian War in 1871. It was extended to 1,000 metres in 1881.

The Prix du Gros Chêne was cancelled throughout World War I, with no running from 1915 to 1918. The first two post-war editions were run over 1,100 metres at Longchamp.

The race was abandoned once during World War II, in 1940. It was staged at Maisons-Laffitte from 1941 to 1943, and at Auteuil with a distance of 900 metres in 1944. It returned to Maisons-Laffitte in 1945, and it was transferred to Longchamp in 1946. Five successive runnings during the wartime period were won by one horse, Fine Art. The race returned to its original venue, Chantilly, in 1957.

The present system of race grading was introduced in 1971, and for a period the Prix du Gros Chêne held Group 3 status. It was promoted to Group 2 level in 1988. The race is now held on the same day as the Prix du Jockey Club.

RecordsEdit

Most successful horse (5 wins):

  • Fine Art – 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946

Leading jockey (9 wins):

  • Roger PoinceletFine Art (1944, 1945, 1946), Kalpack (1954), Palariva (1956), Jini (1957), Sly Pola (1960), High Bulk (1961), L'Epinay (1963)

Leading trainer (7 wins):

  • François Mathet – Joshua (1953), Edellic (1958, 1959), Texanita (1964), Farhana (1967), Rockcress (1969), Adraan (1980)
  • Robert Collet - Kind Music (1982), Last Tycoon (1986), Sainte Marine (1988, 1989), Beauty Is Truth (2007), Wizz Kid (2011, 2012)

Leading owner (5 wins):

  • Claude-Joachim Lefèvre – Alaric (1872), Regane (1873), Octave (1883), Feuillage (1886), Frapotel (1888)
  • Pierre WertheimerEpinard (1923), La Fayette (1929), Quartz (1933), Sanguine (1951), Kalpack (1954)
  • Louis de La Rochette – Fine Art (1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946)

Winners since 1980Edit

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
1980 Adraan 3 Yves Saint-Martin François Mathet HH Aga Khan IV
1981 Sonoma 3 Freddy Head Criquette Head Haras d'Etreham
1982 Kind Music 3 Cash Asmussen Robert Collet Bendar bin M. Al Kabir 0:55.2
1983 Gem Diamond 5 Alain Badel C. da Meda Mrs Pierre Poinsot
1984 Royal Hobbit 6 Guy Guignard Mick Bartholomew Seamus McGrath
1985 Parioli 4 Maurice Philipperon John Cunnington, Jr. Danny Arnold
1986 Last Tycoon 3 Yves Saint-Martin Robert Collet Richard C. Strauss 0:56.6
1987 Tenue de Soiree 3 Gary W. Moore Criquette Head Haras d'Etreham 0:57.6
1988 Glifahda 5 Freddy Head David Smaga Baron Thierry van Zuylen 0:59.6
1989 Viva Zapata 3 Tony Cruz Jonathan Pease Ecurie I. M. Fares 0:58.8
1990 Nabeel Dancer 5 Pat Eddery Alex Scott Maktoum Al Maktoum 0:58.8
1991 Divine Danse 3 Freddy Head Criquette Head Ecurie Aland 0:58.2
1992 Monde Bleu 4 Dominique Boeuf André Fabre Daniel Wildenstein 0:59.1
1993 Surprise Offer 3 Bruce Raymond Richard Hannon, Sr. 7th Earl of Carnarvon 0:58.6
1994 Spain Lane 3 Walter Swinburn André Fabre Maktoum Al Maktoum 0:58.7
1995 Millyant 5 Cash Asmussen Rae Guest Chris Mills 0:57.8
1996 Anabaa [a] 4 Freddy Head Criquette Head Ghislaine Head 1:00.0
1997 Titus Livius 4 Cash Asmussen Jonathan Pease Niarchos Family 0:59.5
1998 Sainte Marine 3 Dominique Boeuf Robert Collet Richard C. Strauss 0:58.8
1999 Sainte Marine 4 Cash Asmussen Robert Collet Richard C. Strauss 0:59.5
2000 Nuclear Debate 5 Gérald Mossé John Hammond Bob Chester 0:58.7
2001 Dananeyev 5 Olivier Doleuze Carlos Laffon-Parias Wertheimer et Frère 0:58.4
2002 Porlezza 3 Christophe Soumillon Yves de Nicolay Erika Hilger 0:57.4
2003 Porlezza 4 Olivier Peslier Yves de Nicolay Erika Hilger 0:56.8
2004 Avonbridge 4 Steve Drowne Roger Charlton Daniel Deer 0:58.1
2005 The Trader 7 Ted Durcan Michael Blanshard Caroline Ward 0:58.6
2006 Moss Vale 5 Kieren Fallon David Nicholls Lady O'Reilly 0:56.9
2007 Beauty Is Truth 3 Thierry Thulliez Robert Collet Richard C. Strauss 0:57.3
2008 Marchand d'Or 5 Davy Bonilla Freddy Head Carla Giral 0:57.2
2009 Tax Free 7 Adrian Nicholls David Nicholls Ian Hewitson 0:56.7
2010 Planet Five 4 Christophe Lemaire Pascal Bary Niarchos Family 0:58.6
2011 Wizz Kid 3 Ioritz Mendizabal Robert Collet Maeve Mahony 0:58.4
2012 Wizz Kid 4 Gérald Mossé Robert Collet Maeve Mahony 0:59.5
2013 Spirit Quartz 5 Jamie Spencer Robert Cowell Qatar Racing Limited 0:57.63
2014 Rangali 3 Fabrice Veron Henri-Alex Pantall Henri-Alex Pantall 0:57.32
2015 Muthmir 5 Paul Hanagan William Haggas Hamdan Al Maktoum 0:58.22
2016 Son Cesio 5 Vincent Cheminaud Henri-Alex Pantall Yves Borotra 0:59.58
2018 Finsbury Square 6 Olivier Peslier Mauricio Delcher Sanchez Berend Van Dalfsen 0:57.91
2019 Inns Of Court 5 Mickael Barzalona André Fabre Godolphin 0:57.64
2020 Tour To Paris[b] 5 Christophe Soumillon Pia Brandt Jathiere / Augustin-Normand 0:55.81
2021 Pradaro 6 Aurelien Lemaitre Sofie Lanslots Stal Vie En Rose 0:57.83
2022 Brostaigh 3 Dylan Browne-McMonagle Joseph O'Brien Scott C Heider 0:58.59
  1. ^ The 1996 running took place at Deauville
  2. ^ The 2020 running took place at Deauville due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Earlier winnersEdit

  • 1857: Brassia
  • 1858:
  • 1859: Phenix
  • 1860: Geologie
  • 1861:
  • 1862: Sauterelle
  • 1863: Gentilhomme
  • 1864: Partisan
  • 1865:
  • 1866: Anglo Saxon
  • 1867: Czar
  • 1868: Dragon
  • 1869: Turco
  • 1870: Manette
  • 1871: no race
  • 1872: Alaric
  • 1873: Regane
  • 1874: Tabellion
  • 1875: Pensacola
  • 1876: Pensacola
  • 1877: Pensacola
  • 1878: Gladia
  • 1879: Porcelaine
  • 1880: Mademoiselle Mars
  • 1881: Feuille de Frene
  • 1882: Beausejour
  • 1883: Octave
  • 1884: Richelieu
  • 1885: Directrice
  • 1886: Feuillage
  • 1887: Oviedo
  • 1888: Frapotel
  • 1889: Lugano
  • 1890: Eclair
  • 1891: Reveille
  • 1892: Reveille
  • 1893: Hoche
  • 1894: Hoche
  • 1895: Soberano
  • 1896:
  • 1897: Double Tour
  • 1898: Valparaiso
  • 1899: Railleur
  • 1900: Avant Garde
  • 1901: Calapita
  • 1902: Zulma
  • 1903: Romulus
  • 1904:
  • 1905: Mandarin
  • 1906: Chanaan
  • 1907: Go to Bed
  • 1908: Syphon
  • 1909:
  • 1910: Fils du Vent
  • 1911: Racine
  • 1912: Gilles de Rai
  • 1913: Turlupin
  • 1914: Mont d'Or
  • 1915–18: no race
  • 1919: Setauket
  • 1920: Glorious
  • 1921: Phusla
  • 1922: Phusla
  • 1923: Epinard
  • 1924: Niceas
  • 1925: Faraway
  • 1926: Mackwiller
  • 1927: Titan
  • 1928: Songe
  • 1929: La Fayette
  • 1930: Baoule
  • 1931:
  • 1932: Lovelace
  • 1933: Quartz
  • 1934: Shining Tor
  • 1935: Renette
  • 1936: Limac
  • 1937: Limac
  • 1938:
  • 1939: Romeo
  • 1940: no race
  • 1941: Thread
  • 1942: Fine Art
  • 1943: Fine Art
  • 1944: Fine Art
  • 1945: Fine Art
  • 1946: Fine Art
  • 1947: Thiercelin
  • 1948: Solina
  • 1949: Boree
  • 1950: Skylarking
  • 1951: Sanguine
  • 1952: Luzon
  • 1953: Joshua
  • 1954: Kalpack
  • 1955: Dictaway
  • 1956: Palariva
  • 1957: Jini
  • 1958: Edellic
  • 1959: Edellic
  • 1960: Sly Pola
  • 1961: High Bulk
  • 1962: L'Épinay
  • 1963: L'Épinay
  • 1964: Texanita
  • 1965: Holborn
  • 1966: Yours
  • 1967: Farhana
  • 1968: Be Friendly / Klaizia[a]
  • 1969: Rockcress
  • 1970: Balidar
  • 1971: Montgomery
  • 1972: Montgomery
  • 1973: Saulingo
  • 1974: Flirting Around
  • 1975: Realty
  • 1976: Kala Shikari
  • 1977: Madang
  • 1978: Polyponder
  • 1979: Sigy
  1. ^ The 1968 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit