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Prix de Diane

Group 1 race
Prix de Diane
(French Oaks)
Location Chantilly Racecourse
Chantilly, France
Inaugurated 1843
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 2,100 metres (1m 2½f)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Three-year-old fillies
Weight 57 kg
Purse 800,000 (2009)
Distribution
1st: 57.14%, 2nd: 22.86%
3rd: 11.43%, 4th: 5.71%
5th: 2.86%

The Prix de Diane, sometimes referred to as the French Oaks, is a Group 1 flat horse race in France which is open to three-year-old thoroughbred fillies. It is run at Chantilly over a distance of 2,100 metres (about 1 mile and 2½ furlongs), and it is scheduled to take place each year in June.

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History

The event was inspired by the Oaks Stakes in England, and it was named after the mythological goddess Diana (French name Diane). It was first run on May 18, 1843, and it was originally restricted to horses born and bred in France. Its distance was set at 2,100 metres, which is around 300 metres shorter than that of the English Oaks. The race departed from its regular venue during the 1848 French Revolution, when it was switched at short notice to Versailles. It was not run in 1871 due to the Franco-Prussian War.

The Prix de Diane was abandoned throughout World War I, with no running from 1915 to 1918. It resumed the following year with the first of two post-war editions at Longchamp. It returned to Chantilly in 1921, and with the exception of a single year at Longchamp in 1936, it continued at its usual home until World War II. It was cancelled in 1940, and for the following two years it was contested at Longchamp. It was run over 2,150 metres at Le Tremblay in 1943 and 1944, and it then returned to Longchamp for three more years. The event was opened to foreign participants in 1946. It moved back to Chantilly in 1948.

The first foreign-trained horse to win the Prix de Diane was Sweet Mimosa in 1970, who was trained in Ireland by Seamus McGrath. When the present system of race grading was introduced in 1971, the event was classed at the highest level, Group 1. The race was called off in 1975 due to a strike by stable lads. The favourite to win that year had been Ivanjica. From 1977 to 1982 the race was sponsored by Revlon, and from 1983 to 2007 it was backed by Hermès.

Two Prix de Diane winners also won the English Oaks – Fille de l'Air in 1864 and Pawneese in 1976. However, as these races often take place in close succession it is not always possible for horses to compete in both events. Five winners have subsequently achieved victory in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (first run in 1920), and the latest of these was Zarkava in 2008.

Records

Leading jockey (5 wins):

  • Spreoty – Serenade (1848), Hervine (1851), Dame d'Honneur (1858), Mademoiselle de Chantilly (1857), Etoile du Nord (1858)
  • Charles Pratt – Geologie (1859), Finlande (1861), Stradella (1862), Fille de l'Air (1864), Sornette (1870)
  • Yves Saint-MartinLa Sega (1962), Rescousse (1972), Allez France (1973), Pawneese (1976), Madelia (1977)
  • Gérald MosséResless Kara (1988), Shemaka (1993), Vereva (1997), Zainta (1998), Daryaba (1999)

Leading trainer (9 wins):

  • Henry Jennings – Nativa (1843), Lanterne (1844), Dorade (1846), Serenade (1848), Fleur de Marie (1850), Geologie (1859), Surprise (1860), Destinee (1874), Tyrolienne (1875)

Leading owner (6 wins):

  • Auguste Lupin – Suavita (1845), Jouvence (1853), Deliane (1865), Jeune Premiere (1867), La Jonchere (1877), Presta (1886)

Winners since 1969

Year

Winner

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
1969 Crepellana Roger Poincelet M. Vacquet Marcel Boussac 2:12.10
1970 Sweet Mimosa Bill Williamson Seamus McGrath Seamus McGrath 2:11.00
1971 Pistol Packer Freddy Head Alec Head Ghislaine Head 2:12.20
1972 Rescousse Yves Saint-Martin Geoffroy Watson Baron de Redé 2:10.30
1973 Allez France Yves Saint-Martin Albert Klimscha Daniel Wildenstein 2:07.50
1974 Highclere Joe Mercer Dick Hern Queen Elizabeth II 2:07.70
1975 no race 1975
1976 Pawneese Yves Saint-Martin Angel Penna, Sr. Daniel Wildenstein 2:09.00
1977 Madelia Yves Saint-Martin Angel Penna, Sr. Daniel Wildenstein 2:10.30
1978 Reine de Saba Freddy Head Alec Head Jacques Wertheimer 2:09.40
1979 Dunette Georges Doleuze E. Chevalier du Fau Mrs Harry Love 2:08.60
1980 Mrs Penny Lester Piggott Ian Balding Eric Kronfeld 2:10.10
1981 Madam Gay Lester Piggott Paul Kelleway Geoffrey Kaye 2:06.50
1982 Harbour Freddy Head Criquette Head Ecurie Aland 2:16.80
1983 Escaline Gary W. Moore John Fellows Mrs John Fellows 2:07.80
1984 Northern Trick Cash Asmussen François Boutin Stavros Niarchos 2:11.60
1985 Lypharita Lester Piggott André Fabre Luay Tewfik Al Swaidi 2:05.90
1986 Lacovia Freddy Head François Boutin Gerry Oldham 2:07.00
1987 Indian Skimmer Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil Sheikh Mohammed 2:11.40
1988 Resless Kara Gérald Mossé François Boutin Jean-Luc Lagardère 2:07.50
1989 Lady in Silver Tony Cruz Roger Wojtowiez Mahmoud Abdul Karim 2:10.60
1990 Rafha Willie Carson Henry Cecil Prince A. A. Faisal 2:11.70
1991 Caerlina Eric Legrix Jean de Roualle Kaichi Nitta 2:10.50
1992 Jolypha Pat Eddery André Fabre Khalid Abdullah 2:09.50
1993 Shemaka Gérald Mossé Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:16.00
1994 East of the Moon Cash Asmussen François Boutin Stavros Niarchos 2:07.90
1995 Carling Thierry Thulliez Corine Barande-Barbe Ecurie Delbart 2:07.70
1996 Sil Sila Cash Asmussen Bryan Smart Luis Alvarez Cervera 2:07.30
1997 Vereva Gérald Mossé Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:08.20
1998 Zainta Gérald Mossé Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:11.20
1999 Daryaba Gérald Mossé Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:16.10
2000 Egyptband Olivier Doleuze Criquette Head Wertheimer et Frère 2:08.50
2001 Aquarelliste Dominique Boeuf Elie Lellouche Daniel Wildenstein 2:09.50
2002 Bright Sky Dominique Boeuf Elie Lellouche Ecurie Wildenstein 2:07.60
2003 Nebraska Tornado Richard Hughes André Fabre Khalid Abdullah 2:08.10
2004 Latice Christophe Soumillon Jean-Marie Béguigné Enrico Ciampi 2:07.00
2005 Divine Proportions Christophe Lemaire Pascal Bary Niarchos Family 2:06.30
2006 Confidential Lady Seb Sanders Sir Mark Prescott Cheveley Park Stud 2:05.90
2007 West Wind Frankie Dettori Henri-Alex Pantall Sheikh Mohammed 2:06.30
2008 Zarkava Christophe Soumillon Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:07.10
2009 Stacelita Christophe Lemaire Jean-Claude Rouget Schwartz / Monastic 2:06.23
2010 Sarafina Christophe Lemaire Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:07.80

Earlier winners

  • 1843 - Nativa
  • 1844 - Lanterne
  • 1845 - Suavita
  • 1846 - Dorade
  • 1847 - Wirthschaft
  • 1848 - Serenade
  • 1849 - Vergogne
  • 1850 - Fleur de Marie
  • 1851 - Hervine
  • 1852 - Bounty
  • 1853 - Jouvence
  • 1854 - Honesty
  • 1855 - Ronzi
  • 1856 - Dame d'Honneur
  • 1857 - Mademoiselle de Chantilly
  • 1858 - Etoile du Nord
  • 1859 - Geologie
  • 1860 - Surprise
  • 1861 - Finlande
  • 1862 - Stradella
  • 1863 - La Toucques
  • 1864 - Fille de l'Air
  • 1865 - Deliane
  • 1866 - Victorieuse
  • 1867 - Jeune Premiere
  • 1868 - Jenny
  • 1869 - Peripetie
  • 1870 - Sornette
  • 1871 - no race
  • 1872 - Little Agnes
  • 1873 - Campeche
  • 1874 - Destinee *
  • 1875 - Tyrolienne *
  • 1876 - Mondaine
  • 1877 - La Jonchere
  • 1878 - Brie
  • 1879 - Nubienne
  • 1880 - Versigny
  • 1881 - Serpolette
  • 1882 - Mademoiselle de Senlis
  • 1883 - Verte Bonne
  • 1884 - Fregate
  • 1885 - Barberine
  • 1886 - Presta
  • 1887 - Bavarde
  • 1888 - Solange
  • 1889 - Criniere
  • 1890 - Wandora
  • 1891 - Primrose
  • 1892 - Annita
  • 1893 - Praline
  • 1894 - Brisk
  • 1895 - Kasbah
  • 1896 - Liane
  • 1897 - Roxelane
  • 1898 - Cambridge
  • 1899 - Germaine
  • 1900 - Semendria
  • 1901 - La Camargo
  • 1902 - Kizil Kourgan
  • 1903 - Rose de Mai
  • 1904 - Profane
  • 1905 - Clyde
  • 1906 - Flying Star
  • 1907 - Saint Astra
  • 1908 - Medeah
  • 1909 - Union
  • 1910 - Marsa
  • 1911 - Rose Verte
  • 1912 - Qu'elle Est Belle
  • 1913 - Moia
  • 1914 - Alerte
  • 1915–18 - no race
  • 1919 - Quenouille
  • 1920 - Flowershop
  • 1921 - Doniazade
  • 1922 - Pellsie
  • 1923 - Quoi
  • 1924 - Uganda
  • 1925 - Aquatinte
  • 1926 - Dorina
  • 1927 - Fairy Legend
  • 1928 - Mary Legend
  • 1929 - Ukrania
  • 1930 - Commanderie
  • 1932 - Perruche Bleue
  • 1933 - Vendange
  • 1934 - Adargatis
  • 1935 - Peniche
  • 1936 - Mistress Ford
  • 1937 - En Fraude
  • 1938 - Feerie
  • 1939 - Lysistrata
  • 1940 - no race
  • 1941 - Sapotille
  • 1942 - Vigilance
  • 1943 - Caravelle
  • 1944 - Pointe a Pitre
  • 1945 - Nikellora
  • 1946 - Pirette
  • 1947 - Montenica
  • 1948 - Corteira
  • 1949 - Bagheera
  • 1950 - Aglae Grace
  • 1951 - Stratonice
  • 1952 - Seria
  • 1953 - La Sorellina
  • 1954 - Tahiti
  • 1955 - Douve
  • 1956 - Apollonia
  • 1957 - Cerisoles
  • 1958 - Dushka
  • 1959 - Barquette
  • 1960 - Timandra
  • 1961 - Hermieres
  • 1962 - La Sega
  • 1963 - Belle Ferronniere
  • 1964 - Belle Sicambre
  • 1965 - Blabla
  • 1966 - Fine Pearl
  • 1967 - Gazala
  • 1968 - Roseliere

* The 1874 and 1875 races both finished as dead-heats, but each was decided by a run-off.

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