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The Stats Guide: Prix Niel

12 September 2021

The Prix Niel is a Group 2 flat race in France open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies. It is run at Longchamp over 2,400 metres. The race serves as a key trial for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, which is held over the same track and trip.

The Prix de Chantilly was restricted to three-year-olds when a separate event was introduced for older horses in 1955. The new event was firstly named the Prix Henri Foy, and from then the Prix de Chantilly was ran over 2,400 metres.

The event was renamed in memory of Gaston Niel (1880–1970), a long-serving member of the Société d'Encouragement, in 1972. For several years the Prix Niel held Group 3 status. It was increased to 2,400 metres in 1979 and promoted to Group 2 level in 1987.

Twelve winners of the race have achieved the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe double with Sica Boy the first in 1954. The most recent horse to complete the double was Rail Link in 2006.

This year’s edition is an intriguing one despite just a field of six runners. The sole Irish representative Bolshoi Ballet makes his first start in Europe since winning the G1 Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes (2100m). The remaining five are made up from a home-contingent with Pretty Tiger an interesting contender stepping up in trip.

* - Please note with these participants the International form lines may not be fully updated and accurate.