The Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud is a Group 1 flat horse race in France open to thoroughbreds aged four years or older. It is run at Saint-Cloud over a distance of 2,400 metres (about 1½ miles), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late June.
The event was established in 1904, and it was originally called the Prix du Président de la République. It was initially contested at Maisons-Laffitte over 2,500 metres by horses aged three or older. It was abandoned throughout World War I, with no running from 1915 to 1918. It resumed at Saint-Cloud in 1919.
The race was cancelled once during World War II, in 1940. Its original title was discarded in 1941, following the end of theFrench Third Republic. The newly named Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud was run at Longchamp (1941–42), Maisons-Laffitte (1943, 1945) and Le Tremblay (1944) before returning to Saint-Cloud in 1946.
The present system of race grading was introduced in 1971, and the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud was classed at Group 1 level. It was cut to 2,400 metres in 1987, and closed to three-year-olds in 2005.
The Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud became part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series in 2011. The winner now earns an automatic invitation to compete in the same year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf.
Most successful horse (2 wins):
Nino – 1926, 1927
Tanerko – 1957, 1958
Rheingold – 1972, 1973
Helissio – 1996, 1997
Ange Gabriel – 2002, 2003
Leading jockey (7 wins):
Yves Saint-Martin – Relko (1964), Rheingold (1972, 1973), Dahlia (1974), Shakapour (1980, dead-heat), Akarad (1981), Strawberry Road (1985)
Leading trainer (8 wins):
François Mathet – Tanerko (1957, 1958), Dicta Drake (1961), Match (1962), Relko (1964), Exceller (1977), Shakapour (1980, dead-heat), Akarad (1981)
Leading owner (5 wins):
Marcel Boussac – Corrida (1936), Djebel (1942), Ardan (1945), Coaraze (1946), Goyama (1948)
This year sees a small but select field of 9 assemble and here is our runner by runner preview & tips for the 2015 Grand Prix De Saint-Cloud;
1.FLINTSHIRE – $6.50
Winner of 4 races from 15 starts but two of those successes have been group 1’s (2014 Grand Prix De Paris & 2014 Hong Kong Vase). Has also boasts no less than 5 group 1 placing’s to go along with those 2 major success’s.
Resumed this campaign with a solid 3rd, beaten 1.9L in the Coronation Cup at Epsom Downs behind Pether’s Moon and arch nemesis Dolniya, who beat him into 2nd place in the the Prix Dushaan and Gr1 Dubai Sheema Classic earlier in the year.
The key to him is firm footing which he’ll get here – on good rated tracks he’s won 4 times with 6 minors from 11 attempts.
A definite player in the race, he’s all class.
2.DAURAN – $201
A honest handicapper at very best. A million miles out of his depth here. Odds on pop to run last.
3.AL WAAB – $67
Group 3 / listed class horse at best and is well and truly outclassed here.
4.ALTAIRA – $201
A 7 start maiden who has only had 1 placing in those starts. Mystifies me why he’s running here. No hope.
Rising star with a career record of 4 wins, a placing and a close up 4th from just the 6 starts.
Is 2 from 2 at Group 2 level including an impressive victory last time out in the Grand Prix de Chantilly when the medium of a huge betting plunge, $2.10 into start at $1.50.
A potential super-star, but this is his acid test. I have a feeling he’ll measure right up!
Winner of both starts this campaign, but rises steeply in grade and is likely to find this well too tough.
Bolted in the Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan earlier in the year beating Flintshire who she meets again here.
Resumed this prep with a terrific 2nd beaten just a long neck in the Group 1 Coronation Cup across in England at Epsom.
She’s a top class mare and is sure to run a bold race, from out in front where she maps as though she’ll get an easy lead. Can cause the huge upset if there is to be one given an easy lead!
Superstar mare, winner of 7 from 10 including 4 at Group 1 level. She’s campaigning to become the first ever horse to win 3 Arc’s and if her first up effort was anything to go by she’s right on track.
She bolted in the Prix Corrida on that occassion by 4 L and left no doubts in punters minds as to ho well she is going.
Can sum her chances up in 1 word. Unbeatable! She’s an out and out champion mare.
Only has 1 win to her name but that was the Gr1 German Derby at Dusseldorf last August.
Was nine lengths of Treve resuming in the Prix Corrida, and has no chance of turning the tables, but looms only as a rough place hope.
Trifecta; #8 Treve to beat #7 Dolniya to beat #5 Manatee. $1 = 100%