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Prix de Lutèce

Group 3 race
Prix de Lutèce
Location Longchamp Racecourse
Paris, France
Inaugurated 1864
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 3,000 metres (1⅞ miles)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight 56 kg
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
Purse 80,000 (2009)
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 AsmussenBalsam (1987), Mardonius (1989), Sought Out (1991), Dadarissime (1992)

Leading trainer (8 wins):

  • André FabreGalant 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 IVAnazid (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 [1] 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.


  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Prix de Lutèce (2009).

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