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19 February 2021

The G1 Prix Comte Pierre de Montesson (2700m), more commonly known as the Critérium des Jeunes, is the headline event at Vincennes this Sunday, reserved for three-year-old horses (excluding geldings) who have won at least €8,000. Originally raced over 2250m, the contest has been established over the new distance of 2700m since 1995. 

The two key trials for the G1 contest down the years have been the G2 Prix Paul Viel (2175m) for colts and the G2 Prix Roquépine (2175m) for fillies, held in the first week of February. We look at previous renewals to unearth a pattern of success for Sunday’s feature race. 

In the past ten years there have been four occasions that a runner from the Prix Paul Viel has gone on to triumph in the Prix Comte Pierre de Montesson, with two completing the double. In 2011, the Thierry Duvaldestin-trained Uaukir was disqualified in the trial before a dominant win in the Critérium des Jeunes. Four years later, Franck Leblanc saddled Coquin Bébé finishing fourth in the Prix Paul Viel before going three placings better in the Critérium des Jeunes. This was the first of two driven victories in the race for Jean-Michel Bazire. Using the Prix Roquépine as a preparation has been equally successful, with three fillies completing the double (2012/2019/2020). It is worth noting in the last ten years Folelli and Billie de Montfort placed in the Prix Roquépine before winning the G1 Prix Comte Pierre de Montesson (2700m). 

The below table shows the winners of the G1 Prix Comte Pierre de Montesson (2700m) since 2020. Horses highlighted in yellow won the G2 Prix Paul Viel (2175m) and those highlighted in green won the G2 Prix Roquépine (2175m).