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Prix de Psyché

Group 3 race
Prix de Psyché
Location Deauville Racecourse
Deauville, France
Inaugurated 1969
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Beachcomber Hotels
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 2,000 metres (1¼ miles)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Three-year-old fillies
excluding G1 & G2 winners
from earlier in same year
Weight 56 kg
2 kg for Group 3 winners *
* since January 1
Purse 80,000 (2009)
1st: 50%, 2nd: 20%, 3rd: 15%
4th: 10%, 5th: 5%

The Prix de Psyché is a Group 3 flat horse race in France which is open to three-year-old thoroughbred fillies. It is run at Deauville over a distance of 2,000 metres (about 1¼ miles), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late July or early August.

The event was established in 1969, and it was named after Psyche (French name Psyché). This is a figure in Greek mythology, a character from a novel by Apuleius and also the title of the tragédie et ballet Psyché. Races for fillies in France have traditionally been given the names of such figures – others have included Astarté, Diane, Minerve and Pomone.

The race conditions of the Prix de Psyché have remained unchanged since its creation. Its present Group 3 status was granted in 1980.



Leading jockey (4 wins):

  • Yves Saint-MartinPaulista (1974), Patia (1977), La Koumia (1985), Darara (1986)
  • Pat EdderySovereign Dona (1980), Zinzara (1982), Ashayer (1988), Alcando (1989)

Leading trainer (5 wins):

  • François BoutinMy Great Aunt (1973), Pin Ball (1975), Antrona (1976), Lys River (1978), Lorymaya (1991)

Leading owner (4 wins):

Winners since 1979






1979 Liki Liki Jean-Claude Desaint J. C. Cunnington George Ohrstrom
1980 Sovereign Dona Pat Eddery Stuart Murless Walter Vischer
1981 Sangue Alain Lequeux Maurice Zilber Naji Nahas
1982 Zinzara Pat Eddery Harry Wragg Sir Philip Oppenheimer
1983 Green Reef Maurice Philipperon John Cunnington, Jr. Mrs Raymond Adès
1984 Treizieme Alain Lequeux Maurice Zilber Thomas P. Tatham
1985 La Koumia Yves Saint-Martin Robert Collet Robert Sangster
1986 Darara Yves Saint-Martin Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV
1987 Invited Guest Steve Cauthen Robert Armstrong Randall D. Hubbard
1988 Ashayer Pat Eddery John Dunlop Hamdan Al Maktoum 2:05.2
1989 Alcando Pat Eddery Charlie James Nicholas Cowan 2:08.0
1990 Vue Cavaliere Eric Legrix Jean-Marie Béguigné D. M. Kendall 2:10.2
1991 Lorymaya Gérald Mossé François Boutin Jean-Luc Lagardère 2:08.8
1992 Palomelle Olivier Doleuze Antonio Spanu Patrick Rayez 2:12.6
1993 Danse Royale Lester Piggott Michael Grassick Miss P. F. O'Kelly 2:07.0
1994 Agathe Olivier Peslier André Fabre Daniel Wildenstein 2:07.6
1995 Angel in My Heart Cash Asmussen John Hammond Stavros Niarchos 2:07.2
1996 Sangria Olivier Peslier André Fabre Daniel Wildenstein 2:15.0
1997 Tenuous Sylvain Guillot Pascal Bary Khalid Abdullah 2:11.0
1998 Bardonecchia Vincenzo Mezzatesta Luigi Camici Villa Dosia Srl 2:10.5
1999 Welluna Andrasch Starke Hans Blume Stall Kaiserberg 2:13.6
2000 Hidalguia Gérald Mossé Jean de Roualle Enrique Sarasola 2:05.9
2001 Luna Kya Jean-René Dubosc Jean-Claude Rouget Jean-Luc Lagardère 2:07.1
2002 Serisia Thierry Thulliez Pascal Bary Lady O'Reilly 2:12.0
2003 Commercante Ioritz Mendizabal Jean-Marie Béguigné Ecurie Fabien Ouaki 2:06.8
2004 Quilanga Gary Stevens Andreas Wöhler Gestüt Fährhof 2:08.0
2005 Satwa Queen Eric Legrix Jean de Roualle Steven & Gillian Lamprell 2:10.3
2006 Chaibia Dominique Boeuf David Smaga Malcolm Parrish 2:07.5
2007 Vadapolina Stéphane Pasquier André Fabre HH Aga Khan IV 2:07.4
2008 Top Toss Christophe Soumillon Yves de Nicolay Ecurie Skymarc Farm 2:09.8
2009 Board Meeting Anthony Crastus Elie Lellouche Ecurie Wildenstein 2:05.0

Earlier winners

  • 1970 - Popkins
  • 1971 - Albany
  • 1973 - My Great Aunt
  • 1974 - Paulista
  • 1975 - Pin Ball
  • 1976 - Antrona
  • 1977 - Patia
  • 1978 - Lys River


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

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