THE IRISH COLT ST MARK’S BASILICA GIVES AIDAN O’BRIEN HIS FIRST QATAR PRIX DU JOCKEY CLUB WIN
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 :
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!
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!
1960 - Charlottesville - ©APRH
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.
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!
1971 - Rheffic - ©APRH
1961 - Right Royal - ©APRH