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QATAR PRIX DU JOCKEY CLUB

See you in 2022 Chantilly Racecourse

THE FRENCH DERBY

1 Qatar Prix du Jockey Club

THE IRISH COLT ST MARK’S BASILICA GIVES AIDAN O’BRIEN HIS FIRST QATAR PRIX DU JOCKEY CLUB WIN


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The best European 3-year-olds were on display in the Qatar Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly on Sunday 6 June.

It was the favourite, Ireland's St Mark's Basilica, who was the clear winner, three weeks after his triumph in the Group 1 Emirates Poule d'Essai des Poulains at ParisLongchamp.

Jockey Ioritz Mendizabal gave his mount a dream ride on the rails, from where he always had the leaders in his sights, and the son of French stallion Siyouni (based at the Normandy stud of His Highness the Aga Khan), easily gave his rivals the slip 300 metres from the post. 


Sealiway, representing the Haras de la Gousserie (in the Mayenne region) and Guy Pariente, was second, and he upheld the honour of the Calas training centre (near Marseille) where his trainer Frédéric Rossi is based.

Millebosc was a close third: he races in the colours of Gérard Augustin-Normand, was ridden by Grégory Benoist and is trained in Deauville by the young Stéphanie Nigge, who was having her first runners in the classic.  

St Mark's Basilica is trained by Irishman Aidan O'Brien, one of the most successful trainers in Europe (he has won the Epsom Derby eight times), although success in the Qatar Prix du Jockey Club had eluded him until now! He is owned by the Coolmore, one of the mega-powers of the English thoroughbred industry, and an entity which has forged a reputation as a veritable stallion factory. He was ridden by the Basque jockey Ioritz Mendizabal, 47, who was winning the French Derby for a third time.

The rider won last year on board Mishriff, a colt trained by British national John Gosden… to whom, just as this year, he enabled a first career win in the French Classic! Ioritz Mendizabal also won the Qatar Prix du Jockey Club in 2008 on Vision d'Etat.

The latter carried the colours of Jacques Détré, the vice-president of France Galop, and was trained by Éric Libaud in the Sarthe region.  


Embark in the heart of Qatar Prix du Jockey Club 2021 with Saiydabad and Jean-Bernard Eyquem :


Press Release


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The 182nd edition of the legendary Qatar Prix du Jockey Club, a race reserved for 3-year-old thoroughbreds, will be held in 2022 at Chantilly racecourse.

The cream of this year’s three-year-old crop will take to the course in a bid to clinch this title, one of the most prestigious in Europe.

These champion thoroughbreds have only one chance to win this hotly-contested race!


This event is one of the most selective races of the season, and is won every year by the fastest 3-year-old thoroughbred.


This Group 1 race – the highest category of horse race – was created in 1836 and is run over a distance of a mile and 2 ½ furlongs, with a 3 furlong uphill finish.

Since 2005, the date that the Qatar Prix du Jockey-Club was shortened to a mile and 2½ furlongs, only four horses have managed the “Emirates Poule d’Essai – Qatar Prix du Jockey Club” double: Shamardal in 2005, Lope de Vega in 2010, Brametot in 2017 and St Mark's Basilica in 2021.


See you in 2022!



2 A brief History

A BRIEF HISTORY


Since 1836, the Qatar Prix du Jockey Club has crowned the year's best 3-year-old thoroughbred.


The Prix du Jockey Club dates right back to the start of French racing history, when it quickly became known as a highly selective race that played an important role in improving the thoroughbred breed.


From very early on it was won by some of history’s greatest champions, and since its creation in 1836 this Group I race – the highest category of horse race – has brought more than a hundred stallions into the spotlight, ensuring the breed’s longevity.


Shortened from a mile-and-a-half to a mile and 2½ furlongs in 2005, the course has been tackled by the world’s very best racing champions!

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The Qatar Prix du Jockey Club dates right back to the start of French racing history, when it quickly became known as a highly selective race that  played an important role in improving the thoroughbred breed.

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1951 - Sicambre - ©APRH


From very early on it was won by some of history’s greatest champions, and since its creation in 1836 the race has brought more than a hundred stallions into the spotlight. 


Shortened from a mile-and-a-half to a mile and 2 ½ furlongs in 2005, the course has been tackled by the world’s very best racing champions and is considered to be one of Europe's best races for 3-year-olds. 


The record-holder for the most Qatar Prix du Jockey Club titles is Yves Saint-Martin, with an impressive nine victories to his name! 

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1971 - Rheffic - ©APRH


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1961 - Right Royal - ©APRH



QATAR RACING AND EQUESTRIAN CLUB (QREC)

1 Main sponsor of the Qatar Prix du Jockey Club
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France Galop and Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club
announce a partnership for the Prix du Jockey Club


France Galop and Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club are pleased to announce a partnership agreement for the Prix du Jockey Club in 2021 and 2022.


Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club, already partner of the weekend of Qatar Prix de l Arc de Triomphe since 2008, will now also be associated to the French Derby, the Qatar Prix du Jockey Club.

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The Qatar Prix du Jockey Club, with a distance of 2,100 meters, is the culmination of a selection process, but also a springboard to the biggest events on the international calendar, as evidenced by the latest renewals’ winners Mishriff and Sottsass.


With € 1.5 million in allowances (including € 857,000 for the winner), the Qatar Prix du Jockey Club is the most richly endowed event in the French program after the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.  


The Prix du Jockey Club (1st edition in 1834) is also a proven stallion making race. Whether they are called Darshaan (winner in 1984), Montjeu (1999), Dalakhani (2003), Shamardal (2005), Le Havre (2009) or Lope de Vega (2010), the winners of the French Derby, have very often become particularly sought-after stallions which have left a lasting mark on the Stud Book. 


Sons and grandsons of Prix du Jockey Club winners subsequently distinguished themselves such as Darshaan, Dalakhani and Reliable Man.


His Excellency Mr Issa Bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi, chairman of Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC) hailed this new development in the partnership between QREC and France Galop.


“We are delighted to be the partner of the Prix du Jockey Club”, he said, “It is one of the most important races in Europe with an amazing history and an impressive record of winners."

“To add our name to this prestigious race, confirms our willingness of productive cooperation. We have already expressed and shown our interest in the French racing with the sponsoring of the most prestigious racing event in France, the Qatar Prix de l Arc de Triomphe as well as many other associated races, since 2008. We have built a very strong long-standing relationship with France Galop over the years and we are further reinforcing this partnership to include France’s most prestigious race for the three year olds, the Qatar Prix du Jockey Club.”

Edouard de Rothschild, President of France Galop, declared: “France Galop is particularly pleased to sign this agreement with the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club (QREC), a leading partner since 2008, the year it became involved in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. This new sponsorship of the next two renewals of the Prix du Jockey Club (2021 and 2022), one of the most important events within the selection process of thoroughbred Flat racing, shows once more the QREC’s involvement and dedication to the French racing industry and is a recognition of the high level of its sporting program.”



About QREC:

The Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC) was established in the early 1960s and was officially made public in 1975. 


QREC is mandated with representing, promoting and advancing equine and equestrian initiatives from grassroots programmes to the international arena. Focused on equestrian sport and horse welfare, QREC is dedicated on promoting Qatar as a world-class hub for horse racing and a leader in the pure Arabian breed.

QREC works in collaboration with local bodies dedicated to achieving excellence in planning, regulating and developing Qatar’s racing industry to reflect the world's best practices.  


By harnessing innovation and excellence and driven by professionalism and integrity, QREC hopes to bring the joy of racing and breeding to the wider public.

Website https://qrec.gov.qa/


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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

1 Tickets

TICKETS

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2 How to get to Chantilly Racecourse 


HOW TO GET TO CHANTILLY RACECOURSE


ADRESS :

Hippodrome de Chantilly
Avenue de la Plaine des Aigles

60500 Chantilly



SECURITY INFORMATION:

Increased security checks will be carried out at the racecourse entrances.

We advise visitors not to bring rucksacks, sports bags, motorbike helmets, glass bottles or any other large items into the racecourse. Please leave them in the left luggage office.


Pushchairs are permitted inside the racecourse.
For safety reasons, dogs are not permitted.



TRAVELLING BY CAR:


A1 motorway, junction 7: Survilliers or junction 8: Senlis-Chamant then follow signs to Chantilly.

Parking available on site (limited spaces).
We strongly recommend booking a parking space in advance.


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TRAVELLING BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT:


Train from Gare du Nord / Grandes Lignes – get off at “Gare de Chantilly”: trains leave every 30 minutes.

Train info: https://www.transilien.com


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3 Chantilly Racecourse


CHANTILLY, THE WORLD'S LARGEST TRAINING GROUND FOR THOROUGHBREDS IS IN FRANCE


Chantilly’s training centre, which is managed by France Galop and located just a few miles outside of Paris, is the only centre of its kind in the world. 


Bright and early every morning, more than 2,500 racehorses head out to train on the centre’s 2,000 hectares of gallops. This magnificent sight is orchestrated by 110 trainers and 1,000 exercise riders.


THE CHARMS OF THE CHANTILLY ESTATE

Less than an hour’s drive outside of Paris, the Chantilly Estate houses treasures that have been passed down its line of illustrious owners: Anne, Duke of Montmorency, the Bourbon-Condé lineage, Henri d’Orléans, Duke of Aumale. The château is home to the Condé Museum and its collection of paintings, among which are masterpieces by Raphaël, Botticelli, Clouet, Poussin, Watteau, Ingres, Delacroix. Inside the château, the Cabinet des Livres library boasts 13,000 books, including the world’s most precious manuscript: Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry (15th century)!

The estate’s 115 hectares of grounds are unique thanks to the hugely diverse gardens. The Grandes Écuries, a masterpiece of 18th century architecture, are among the most luxurious stables in the world. Inside, the Horse Museum gives an insight into the relationship between man and horse, while the team of 20 horses and 7 riders give performances all year round.


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