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Prix Jean Prat

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Inaugurated  1858
Track  Right-handed
Race type  Flat / Thoroughbred
Surface  Turf
Distance  1,600 m
Location  Chantilly Racecourse Chantilly, France

The Prix Jean Prat is a Group 1 flat horse race in France open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies. It is run at Chantilly over a distance of 1,600 metres (about 1 mile), and it is scheduled to take place each year in early July.


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The event was established in 1858. It was originally the opening leg of a two-part series called the Prix Biennal. The second leg, for horses aged four or older, was first run in 1859. Both races were staged at Longchamp.

The three-year-olds' division of the Prix Biennal was run over 2,000 metres. For a period it was held in April, and it served as a trial for the Prix du Jockey Club.

Both Prix Biennal races were renamed the Prix Jean Prat in 1940. This was in memory of Jean Prat (1847–1940), a successful racehorse owner and breeder.

The version for three-year-olds was switched to late May or early June in 1961. It was shortened to 1,850 metres in 1962. It was transferred to Chantilly and cut to 1,800 metres in 1967. The present system of race grading was introduced in 1971, and for several years the event held Group 2 status.

The race was promoted to Group 1 level in 1985. From this point the version for older horses was known as the Prix Vicomtesse Vigier. The Prix Jean Prat returned to Longchamp in 1986.

The event started its current period at Chantilly in 1995. It was cut to 1,600 metres and moved to early July in 2005.


Leading jockey since 1940 (6 wins):

  • Yves Saint-Martin – Jour et Nuit (1964), Silver Shark (1966), Antipode (1974), Earth Spirit (1976), Melyno (1982), Ginger Brink (1983)
  • Leading trainer since 1940 (5 wins):

  • François Mathet – Jour et Nuit (1964), Silver Shark (1966), Maroun (1971), Lightning (1977), Melyno (1982)
  • François Boutin – Speedy Dakota (1975), Cresta Rider (1981), Mendez (1984), Baillamont (1985), Priolo (1990)
  • André Fabre - Local Talent (1989), Kitwood (1992), Mutual Trust (2011), Aesop's Fables (2012), Territories (2015)
  • Leading owner since 1940 (4 wins):

  • Sheikh Mohammed – Local Talent (1987), Kitwood (1992), Torrential (1995), Starborough (1997)
  • References

    Prix Jean Prat Wikipedia