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Statistic Of The Week

20 January 2022

The G1 Prix de Cornulier (2700m) is named after Gontran de Cornulier, founder of LeTROT. It is the feature race this weekend at Vincennes and is the first Group One of the Winter Meeting. Open to four-to-eleven-year-olds, we investigate if age is an important factor in finding the winner.  

Considered the world championship of mounted trotting with the best trotters lining up to a achieve the Prix du Cornulier / Grand Prix d'Amérique double is an extraordinary challenge. Only one week splitting the two Group One races this feature race double has only been achieved by Bellino II, who was a three-time winner of the Prix de Cornulier completing the feat in both 1975 and 1976 along with fellow three-time Prix de Cornulier victor, Jag de Bellouet succeeding in 2005.  

In the table below, we show the age of the winner since 2010. A trend is beginning to develop with older horses maintaining a higher strike rate of success with multiple ten-year-old’s taking the feature mounted contest. Winners aged nine or above are highlighted in blue showcasing how older horses perform well.  

Other key numbers from the table show the youngest winner since 2010 was aged six, indicating age and experience to be influential for victory.  

Matthieu Abrivard and Alexandre Abrivard have enjoyed plenty of recent glory in this race with the pair taking five of the last six renewals.