Critérium International (horse race)

Critérium International (horse race)
Group 1 race
Critérium International
Location Saint-Cloud Racecourse
Saint-Cloud, France
Inaugurated 2001
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Race information
Distance 1,600 metres (1 mile)
Track Turf, left-handed
Qualification Two-year-olds
excluding geldings
Weight 57 kg
1½ kg for fillies
Purse 250,000 (2009)
1st: 57.14%, 2nd: 22.86%
3rd: 11.43%, 4th: 5.71%
5th: 2.86%

The Critérium International is a Group 1 flat horse race in France which is open to two-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies. It is run at Saint-Cloud over a distance of 1,600 metres (about 1 mile), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late October or early November.



The event was introduced in 2001 as part of a restructured program for juveniles in France. Other changes included the scrapping of the Prix de la Salamandre, and the shortening of the Grand Critérium (later retitled the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère).

The new race adopted the title of an event which was held annually at Longchamp from 1893 to 1910. The original Critérium International was also for two-year-olds, and it was contested on a straight track over 1,100 metres. The prize money for first place was 25,000 francs (equivalent to €78,500). Winners included Perth (1898), Semendria (1899), Gouvernant (1903), Jardy (1904), Azalee (1908) and Marsa (1909).

The present Critérium International has usually featured horses which ran previously in the Prix des Chênes or the Prix Thomas Bryon. Two winners — Dalakhani and Bago — subsequently won the most prestigious horse race in France, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.


Leading jockey (2 wins):

  • Thierry Gillet – Act One (2001), Bago (2003)
  • Christophe SoumillonDalakhani (2002), Carlotamix (2005)

Leading trainer (3 wins):

  • Aidan O'BrienMount Nelson (2006), Jan Vermeer (2009), Roderic O'Connor (2010)

Leading owner (3 wins):

  • Sue Magnier / Derrick Smith / Michael TaborMount Nelson (2006), Jan Vermeer (2009), Roderic O'Connor (2010)


2001 Act One Thierry Gillet Jonathan Pease Gerald Leigh 1:47.1
2002 Dalakhani Christophe Soumillon Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 1:52.0
2003 Bago Thierry Gillet Jonathan Pease Niarchos Family 1:47.0
2004 Helios Quercus Alexandre Roussel Cyriaque Diard Thierry Maudet 1:45.3
2005 Carlotamix Christophe Soumillon André Fabre HH Aga Khan IV 1:45.4
2006 Mount Nelson Seamus Heffernan Aidan O'Brien Smith / Tabor / Magnier 1:41.3
2007 Thewayyouare Stéphane Pasquier André Fabre Sean Mulryan 1:45.3
2008 Zafisio Dominique Boeuf Paul Blockley Hugh Downs 1:46.1
2009 Jan Vermeer Colm O'Donoghue Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Smith / Magnier 1:45.6
2010 Roderic O'Connor Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien Magnier/ Tabor/ Smith/ Sangster 1:45.7
2011 French Fifteen Thierry Thulliez Nicolas Clément Raymond Tooth 1:43.5


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