Prix du Petit Couvert

The Prix du Petit Couvert 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 1,000 metres (about 5 furlongs), and it is scheduled to take place each year in September.

Prix du Petit Couvert
Group 3 race
LocationLongchamp Racecourse
Paris, France
Inaugurated1867
Race typeFlat / Thoroughbred
SponsorQatar
Websitefrance-galop.com
Race information
Distance1,000 metres (5f)
SurfaceTurf
TrackStraight
QualificationThree-years-old and up
Weight56 kg (3yo); 56½ kg (4yo+)
Allowances
1½ kg for fillies and mares
Penalties
3½ kg for Group 1 winners *
3½ kg if two Group 2 wins *
2½ kg if one Group 2 win *
2½ kg if two Group 3 wins *
1½ kg if one Group 3 win *
* since January 1
Purse€80,000 (2021)
1st: €40,000
Prix du Petit Couvert
2021
Dark green, yellow epaulettes, yellow sleeves, yellow cap Red, yellow sleeves, red stars, yellow cap Yellow, large black spots and spots on cap
Berneuil Collinsbay Wild Majesty
Previous years
2020
Dark blue, light blue chevrons on sleeves, light blue cap Silver, gold braid, maroon cap, gold tassel Grey
Air De Valse Wooded Lady In France
2019
White, dark blue epaulets, dark blue and white halved sleeves, quartered cap RED, black star, white sleeves, red armlet, red cap, black star Gold, red spots, gold sleeves, cap halved horizontally
Glass Slippers Shades Of Blue Gold Vibe
2018
Blue, white epaulettes, blue sleeves, white cap, blue striped dark Green, Pink epaulettes and cap Royal blue, white epaulets, striped cap
Tantheem City Light Muthmir
2017
Dark blue and red diamonds, dark blue sleeves, quartered cap Gold, red spots, gold sleeves, quartered cap Grey
Lady Macapa Gold Vibe Fashion Queen
2016
Red, black star, white sleeves and cap White, large black spots, black cap Yellow, black chevron, black sleeves, yellow stars, black cap, yellow star
Just Glamorous Marsha Goldream
2015
Black, pink star, halved sleeves and stars on cap Grey, yellow cross-belts, maroon cap Dark blue and white stripes, white sleeves, hooped cap
Move In Time Gengis Mirza
2014
Dark blue and white stripes, white sleeves, hooped cap Black, pink star, halved sleeves and stars on cap Yellow and red stripes, black sleeves
Mirza Move In Time Caledonia Lady
2013
Dark blue and white stripes, white sleeves, hooped cap Dark Green, white stripe and epaulets, striped cap Blue and white hoops, red sleeves, white cap
Mirza Dibajj Catcall
2012
Light green, black stars, sleeves and star on cap Red, white stripe, diamonds on sleeves, black cap Dark Blue, Emerald Green Diamond, White sleeves, Emerald Green diamonds, Emerald Green cap
Monsieur Joe Inxile Flash Mash
2011
Pink, emerald green epaulets and armlets, hooped cap Black, orange hollow box, armlets and cap Yellow, red disc, yellow sleeves, red stars, red cap
Prohibit Mar Adentro Hamish McGonagall
2010-2001
2010
Pink, dark blue stripes on body Yellow, red sleeves, yellow striped, black cap Black and white stripes
Swiss Diva Bluster Mar Adentro
2009
White, blue striped sleeves, red cap Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves Yellow, red sleeves, yellow striped, black cap
War Artist Stern Opinion Bluster
2008
Blue, white seams, white sleeves, white cap Sky blue, yellow epaulets, yellow cap, blue stars Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves
Only Answer Rock Harmonie Stern Opinion
2007
Black, yellow cross of lorraine Black, beige sleeves and cap Yellow, green stripe
Tax Free Derison Kourka
2006
Red, Yellow inverted triangle, halved sleeves, Yellow cap Black and white hoops, royal blue cap, white star White and dark green hoops, white sleeves, dark green armlets, hooped cap
Majestic Missile Peace Offering Biniou
2005
White and dark green hoops, white sleeves, dark green armlets, hooped cap Royal blue, yellow stripe, yellow sleeves, royal blue armlets and star on yellow cap Turquoise, white sash, red cap
Nipping Maltese Falcon Miss Emma
2004
Yellow, emerald green sash and sleeves White, royal blue cross belts, check sleeves, white cap, royal blue spots Red, pale green cap
Pivotal Point The Tatling Chineur
2003
Red and yellow (halved), sleeves reversed, yellow cap, red spots White and dark green hoops, white sleeves, dark green armlets, hooped cap Green and yellow stripes, green sleeves, dark blue cap
Repertory Traou Mad Melkior
2002
Dark blue, grey stars, dark blue cap, grey star Blue, white seams, white sleeves, white cap White, Dark Blue hoops, armlets and hooped cap
Ziria Dananeyev Porlezza
2001
Red and yellow (halved), sleeves reversed, yellow cap, red spots White, pink hoop and cap, grey armlets Pink, black diamonds on sleeves, diamond on cap
Repertory Dancing Mystery Monkston Point
2000-1991
2000
Red and yellow (halved), sleeves reversed, yellow cap, red spots Emerald green, yellow star, diabolo on sleeves, yellow cap, green star White, yellow seams, red cap
Repertory Lincoln Dancer El Gran Lode
1999
Royal Blue, Light Blue cap Light blue, dark blue seams, red cap, dark blue spots Red and yellow (halved), sleeves reversed, yellow cap, red spots
Manzor Nuclear Debate Repertory
1998
Light blue, white hoop and armlets Maroon and dark blue diamonds, white sleeves and cap Red and yellow (halved), sleeves reversed, yellow cap, red spots
Bishops Court Easycall Repertory
1997
Black, red seams, hooped sleeves, striped cap Blue, white seams, white sleeves, white cap Pink, large Black spots and spots on cap
Hever Golf Rose Kistena Midnight Escape
1996
Garnet, green cross-belts and armlets Yellow, Red inverted triangle and cap Dark blue, light blue cross sashes, striped sleeves, white cap
Don't Worry Me Croft Pool Titus Livius
1995
Dark blue and white stripes, white sleeves, hooped cap Green, pink hoop, white sleeves, pink armlets and cap Black and yellow stripes, red sleeves
Millyant Royale Figurine Bruttina
1994
Dark blue and white stripes, white sleeves, hooped cap Black, white sash and sleeves, gold cap Purple and yellow stripes, diabolo on sleeves
Millyant Princely Hush Imperial Bailiwick
1993
Brown and green stripes, brown sleeves and cap White, red cross-belts, checked sleeves, white cap Maroon, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star
Lavinia Fontana Palacegate Episode Zieten
1992
White, red epaulets, blue sleeves, white stars, red cuffs, red and blue quartered cap Maroon, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star Maroon, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star
Wixon Keen Hunter Dauberval
1991
Black and yellow stripes, red sleeves Pink and purple quartered, pink sleeves, quartered cap Yellow, blue diamonds on body and diamond on cap
Ski Chief Archway Dream Talk
 

HistoryEdit

The event was originally held at Chantilly, and it is named after a crossroads in Chantilly Forest. It was established in 1867, and was initially an 800-metre race for horses aged two or older. It was run in the second half of October.

The Prix du Petit Couvert was staged at Longchamp in 1880, and extended to 1,000 metres in 1881. It took place at Longchamp again in 1900.

Longchamp became the race's usual venue in 1907, and from this point its distance was 1,100 metres. It was abandoned throughout World War I, with no running from 1914 to 1918. It reverted to 1,000 metres in 1921.

The Prix du Petit Couvert 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 race was closed to two-year-olds and switched to September in 2002. It now serves as a trial for the following month's Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp.

RecordsEdit

Most successful horse (3 wins):

  • Fine Art – 1944, 1945, 1946
  • Repertory – 2000, 2001, 2003

Leading jockey (7 wins):

  • Roger PoinceletFine Art (1944, 1945, 1946), Damnos (1948), Palariva (1956), L'Epinay (1960, 1962)
  • Yves Saint-MartinLa Sega (1961), Texanita (1963), Silver Shark (1965), Sun Sun (1968), Manjam (1979), Park Romeo (1981), Bold Apparel (1983)

Leading trainer (9 wins):

  • François Mathet – Reinata (1955), Edellic (1958, 1959), La Sega (1961), Texanita (1963, 1964), Silver Shark (1965), Sun Sun (1968), Moubariz (1974)

Leading owner (7 wins):

  • Edmond Blanc – La Negligente (1889), Fantasia (1891), Manitou (1897), Mauvezin (1899), Caius (1902), Fils du Vent (1909), Porte Maillot (1911)

Winners since 1980Edit

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1980 Greenway 2 Freddy Head Alec Head Jacques Wertheimer
1981 Park Romeo 5 Yves Saint-Martin Herbert Cohn Leonie McNitt
1982 Kind Music 3 Freddy Head Robert Collet Bendar bin M. Al Kabir 1:01.20
1983 Bold Apparel 3 Yves Saint-Martin Robert Collet Owen Helman
1984 Parioli 3 Maurice Philipperon John Cunnington Jr. Danny Arnold
1985 Miss Stanford 4 Tony Ives Börje Olsson Elizabeth Thurdin
1986 Parioli 5 Maurice Philipperon John Cunnington Jr. Danny Arnold
1987 Sizzling Melody 3 Richard Hills Lord John FitzGerald Mary Watt
1988 Canango 4 Guy Guignard Michael Stoute Etti Plesch 0:59.60
1989 Lugana Beach 3 Steve Cauthen David Elsworth Ray Richards 0:56.40
1990 Run and Gun 2 Cash Asmussen Robert Collet Ecurie Promethee 1:02.40
1991 Ski Chief 3 Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Zenya Yoshida 0:59.90
1992 Wixon 2 Freddy Head François Boutin Allen Paulson 1:00.90
1993 Lavinia Fontana 4 Frankie Dettori Con Collins Cyril Humphris 1:01.50
1994 Millyant 4 Cash Asmussen Rae Guest Chris Mills 0:59.80
1995 Millyant 5 Cash Asmussen Rae Guest Chris Mills 0:56.90
1996 Don't Worry Me 4 Alain Junk Guy Henrot Jean-François Gribomont 0:57.40
1997 Hever Golf Rose 6 Cash Asmussen Joe Naughton Hever Racing Club 0:59.30
1998 Bishops Court 4 Jimmy Fortune Lynda Ramsden David Brotherton 1:03.40
1999 Manzor 2 Olivier Peslier Xavier Nakkachdji Daniel Wildenstein 1:00.60
2000 Repertory 7 Richard Hughes Malcolm Saunders Malcolm Saunders 0:59.40
2001 Repertory 8 Fergus Sweeney Malcolm Saunders Malcolm Saunders 1:00.90
2002 Ziria 3 Dominique Boeuf Carlos Laffon-Parias Leonidas Marinopoulos 0:56.60
2003 Repertory 10 Tom McLaughlin Malcolm Saunders Malcolm Saunders 0:56.90
2004 Pivotal Point 4 Frankie Dettori Peter Makin Ray Bernard 0:56.50
2005 Nipping 3 Christophe Soumillon Robert Collet Richard Strauss 0:55.50
2006 Majestic Missile 5 Christophe Soumillon William Haggas Flying Tiger Partnership 0:56.00
2007 Tax Free 5 Adrian Nicholls David Nicholls Ian Hewitson 0:55.80
2008 Only Answer 4 Olivier Peslier André Fabre Wertheimer et Frère 0:56.30
2009 War Artist 6 Olivier Peslier James Eustace Rupert Plersch 0:56.50
2010 Swiss Diva 4 Ioritz Mendizabal David Elsworth Lordship Stud 0:57.50
2011 Prohibit 6 Jim Crowley Robert Cowell Dasmal / Rix / Barr et al. 0:55.35
2012 Monsieur Joe 5 Olivier Peslier Robert Cowell Helen Checkley 0:56.35
2013
(dh)
Mirza
Dibajj
6
3
William Buick
Antoine Hamelin
Rae Guest
Alain de Royer-Dupré
Chris Mills
A Al Maddah
0:58.40
2014 Mirza 7 Frankie Dettori Rae Guest Chris Mills 0:55.68
2015 Move In Time 7 Daniel Tudhope David O´Meara A Turton, J Blackburn & R Bond 0:57.30
2016 Just Glamorous 3 Pierre-Charles Boudot Ronald Harris Robert & Nina Bailey 0:56.30
2017 Lady Macapa 4 Luke Morris Clive Cox Michael Johnson & John Law 0:59.89
2018 Tantheem 3 Aurelien Lemaitre Freddy Head Hamdan Al Maktoum 0:56.20
2019 Glass Slippers 3 Tom Eaves Kevin Ryan Bearstone Stud 0:55.77
2020 Air de Valse 4 Ronan Thomas Corine Barande-Barbe Corine Barande-Barbe 0:55.34
2021 Berneuil 4 Christophe Soumillon Carlos Lerner Antoine Gilibert 0:56.34

Earlier winnersEdit

  • 1867:
  • 1868: Manette
  • 1869: Mademoiselle de Fligny
  • 1870–73: no race
  • 1874: Saltimbanque
  • 1875: Marmiton
  • 1876: Pensacola
  • 1877: Pensacola
  • 1878: Virginie
  • 1879: Mademoiselle Mars
  • 1880: Belgirate
  • 1881: Pistache
  • 1882: Ontario
  • 1883:
  • 1884: Metropole
  • 1885: Artois
  • 1886: Entrechat
  • 1887: Modiste
  • 1888: Master Albert
  • 1889: La Negligente
  • 1890: Paradisia
  • 1891: Fantasia
  • 1892: C'est Sa Soeur
  • 1893: Sylphine
  • 1894: Dinette
  • 1895: Beatrix
  • 1896: Aunt Minie
  • 1897: Manitou
  • 1898:
  • 1899: Mauvezin
  • 1900: Wilhelmina
  • 1901: Limousin
  • 1902: Caius
  • 1903:
  • 1904: Morning Dew
  • 1905:
  • 1906: Syphon
  • 1907: Princess Margaret
  • 1908: Prestissimo
  • 1909: Fils du Vent
  • 1910: Garance
  • 1911: Porte Maillot
  • 1912: Amadou / Radial *
  • 1913: La Malfiera
  • 1914–18: no race
  • 1919: La Chiffa
  • 1920: Maskara
  • 1921: Honeysuckle
  • 1922: Sir Gallahad
  • 1923: Heldifann
  • 1924: Niceas
  • 1925: Mackwiller
  • 1926: Addis Ababa
  • 1927: Gerbert
  • 1928: Echappade
  • 1929: Clarawood
  • 1930: Democratie
  • 1931: Epitaphe
  • 1932: Faria
  • 1933: Shining Tor
  • 1934: Bao Dai
  • 1935: Limac
  • 1936: Ethiopie
  • 1937: Aziyade
  • 1938: Iskandar
  • 1939–40: no race
  • 1941: Wigombirou
  • 1942: Dogat
  • 1943: Wigombirou
  • 1944: Fine Art
  • 1945: Fine Art
  • 1946: Fine Art
  • 1947: Solina
  • 1948: Damnos
  • 1949:
  • 1950:
  • 1951: Pareo
  • 1952: Pierrot Bleu
  • 1953: Vamarie
  • 1954: Vamarie
  • 1955: Reinata
  • 1956: Palariva
  • 1957:
  • 1958: Edellic
  • 1959: Edellic
  • 1960: L'Epinay
  • 1961: La Sega
  • 1962: L'Epinay
  • 1963: Texanita
  • 1964: Texanita
  • 1965: Silver Shark
  • 1966: Yours
  • 1967: Yours
  • 1968: Sun Sun
  • 1969: Pentathlon
  • 1970: Calahorra
  • 1971: Deep Diver
  • 1972: Rambling Rose
  • 1973: D'Urberville
  • 1974: Moubariz
  • 1975: Realty
  • 1976: Girl Friend
  • 1977: Girl Friend
  • 1978: Polyponder
  • 1979: Manjam

* The 1912 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners.

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