Prix de Lutèce
|Group 3 race|
|Prix de Lutèce|
|Race type||Flat / Thoroughbred|
|Distance||3,000 metres (1⅞ miles)|
1½ kg for fillies
1 kg if not Group placed *
3 kg for Group 2 winners *
3 kg if two Group 3 wins *
1½ kg if one Group 3 win *
* since January 1
1st: 50%, 2nd: 20%, 3rd: 15%
4th: 10%, 5th: 5%
The Prix de Lutèce is a Group 3 flat horse race in France which is open to three-year-old thoroughbreds. It is run at Longchamp over a distance of 3,000 metres (about 1⅞ miles), and it is scheduled to take place each year in early September.
The first version of the event was established in 1864. It was named after Lutetia (French name Lutèce), a Gallo-Roman city which was located on the site of what is now Paris. It took place annually in the spring, and it continued to be run until 1968. The conditions varied, but in its later years the race was contested over 2,400 metres by horses aged three or older. Winners included Coast Guard (1951), Vamos (1954), Elpenor (1956), Snob (1962) and Bon Mot (1967).
The present version was first run in 1978. It is now a long-distance event restricted to three-year-olds, and it serves as a trial for the following month's Prix Royal-Oak. The only horse to have won both races is Agent Double in 1984.
The distance and venue of the Prix de Lutèce have remained unchanged since 1978. It is usually held in September, but from 1988 to 1998 it was part of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe fixture on the weekend of the first Sunday in October.
Records since 1978
Leading jockey (4 wins):
- Cash Asmussen – Balsam (1987), Mardonius (1989), Sought Out (1991), Dadarissime (1992)
- Christophe Soumillon – Etendard Indien (2004), Shamdala (2005), Getaway (2006), Shemima (2008)
Leading trainer (8 wins):
- André Fabre – Galant Vert (1983), Balsam (1987), Mardonius (1989), Epitre (2000), Street Shaana (2001), Etendard Indien (2004), Getaway (2006), Coastal Path (2007)
Leading owner (4 wins):
- HH Aga Khan IV – Anazid (1986), Shaiybara (1993), Shamdala (2005), Shemima (2008)
Winners since 1978
|1978||Nizon||Philippe Paquet||François Boutin|
|1979||Prove It Baby||Philippe Paquet||François Boutin||Walter Haefner|
|1980||What a Joy||Jean-Luc Kessas||Bernard Sécly||Lawrence M. Gelb|
|1981||Tipperary Fixer||Maurice Philipperon||John Fellows||Ben Arbib|
|1982||Balitou||Alfred Gibert||Patrick Biancone||Mrs Patrick Goureau|
|1983||Galant Vert||Henri Samani||André Fabre||Guy de Rothschild|
|1984||Agent Double||Freddy Head||Criquette Head||Jacques Wertheimer|
|1985||Khaelan||Lester Piggott||Steve Norton||Ahmed bin Salman|
|1986||Anazid||Yves Saint-Martin||Alain de Royer-Dupré||HH Aga Khan IV|
|1987||Balsam||Cash Asmussen||André Fabre||Moufid F. Dabaghi|
|1988||Floripedes||Richard Briard||Georges Bridgland||Sir James Goldsmith||3:22.7|
|1989||Mardonius||Cash Asmussen||André Fabre||Sheikh Mohammed||3:10.9|
|1990||North Col||Tony Cruz||Jonathan Pease||Simon Emmet||3:14.8|
|1991||Sought Out||Cash Asmussen||Michael Stoute||Lord Weinstock||3:18.0|
|1992||Dadarissime||Cash Asmussen||Georges Bridgland||Sir James Goldsmith||3:30.0|
|1993||Shaiybara||Gérald Mossé||John Oxx||HH Aga Khan IV||3:38.2|
|1994||The Little Thief||Alain Junk||Eric Danel||George Ohrstrom||3:13.1|
|1995||Grey Shot||Frankie Dettori||Ian Balding||Jeff Smith||3:20.6|
|1996||Tarator||Thierry Jarnet||Elie Lellouche||Wafic Saïd||3:18.6|
|1997||Three Cheers||Frankie Dettori||John Gosden||Sheikh Mohammed||3:08.7|
|1998||Russian Hope||Goulven Toupel||Henri-Alex Pantall||Edouard E. de Rothschild||3:21.4|
|1999||Northerntown||Davy Bonilla||Freddy Head||Wertheimer et Frère||3:10.0|
|2000||Epitre||Olivier Peslier||André Fabre||Edouard E. de Rothschild||3:24.8|
|2001||Street Shaana||Olivier Peslier||André Fabre||Jean-Luc Lagardère||3:18.4|
|2002||Savannah Bay||Olivier Doleuze||Brian Meehan||Joe Allbritton||3:10.6|
|2003||Risk Seeker||Dominique Boeuf||Elie Lellouche||Ecurie Wildenstein||3:12.9|
|2004||Etendard Indien||Christophe Soumillon||André Fabre||Edouard E. de Rothschild||3:29.0|
|2005||Shamdala||Christophe Soumillon||Alain de Royer-Dupré||HH Aga Khan IV||3:16.3|
|2006||Getaway||Christophe Soumillon||André Fabre||Baron G. von Ullmann||3:13.3|
|2007||Coastal Path||Stéphane Pasquier||André Fabre||Khalid Abdullah||3:07.8|
|2008||Shemima ||Christophe Soumillon||Alain de Royer-Dupré||HH Aga Khan IV||3:20.0|
|2009||Wajir||Anthony Crastus||Elie Lellouche||Ecurie Wildenstein||3:16.1|
1 Americain finished first in 2008, but he was relegated to second place following a Stewards' Inquiry.
- france-galop.com – A Brief History: Prix de Lutèce.
- horseracingintfed.com – International Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Prix de Lutèce (2009).
- pedigreequery.com – Prix de Lutèce – Longchamp.