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Prix de Sandringham

Group 2 race
Prix de Sandringham
Location Chantilly Racecourse
Chantilly, France
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 1,600 metres (1 mile)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Three-year-old fillies
excluding Group 1 winners
from earlier in same year
Weight 56 kg
3 kg for Group 1 winners *
2 kg for Group 2 winners *
2 kg if two Group 3 wins *
* since September 1 last year
Purse 130,000 (2009)
1st: 57%, 2nd: 22%
3rd: 10.5%, 4th: 7%
5th: 3.5%

The Prix de Sandringham is a Group 2 flat horse race in France which is open to three-year-old thoroughbred fillies. It is run at Chantilly over a distance of 1,600 metres (about 1 mile), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late May or early June.

The event was originally called the Prix des Lilas, and it was formerly held at Longchamp. In its early years it was contested over 2,000 metres, and it served as a trial for the Prix de Diane. It was cut to its present distance, 1,600 metres, in 1966.

The 1972 running was titled the Coupe de Sa Majesté la Reine Elizabeth, in honour of Queen Elizabeth II, who was attending the racing at Longchamp during a state visit to France. The event was given its present title in 1973 – Sandringham is the location of the Royal Stud in Norfolk, England.

The Prix de Sandringham was first switched to Chantilly in 1977, but it returned to Longchamp the following year. It was transferred more permanently in 1979, and at that time it held Group 3 status. It was promoted to Group 2 level in 2001.



Leading jockey (3 wins):

  • Freddy HeadOpalia (1971), India Song (1980), Alik (1981)
  • Cash AsmussenAction Francaise (1988), Golden Opinion (1989), Once in My Life (1991)
  • Thierry JarnetSki Paradise (1993), Lunafairy (1994), Smolensk (1995)

Leading trainer (8 wins):

  • André FabreFitzwilliam Place (1987), Action Francaise (1988), Golden Opinion (1989), Marble Maiden (1992), Ski Paradise (1993), Lunafairy (1994), Smolensk (1995), Banks Hill (2001)

Leading owner (4 wins):

  • Sheikh MohammedGolden Opinion (1989), Marble Maiden (1992), Sensation (1996), Maiden Tower (2003)

Winners since 1980






1980 India Song Freddy Head François Mathet Pierre Bensussan
1981 Alik Freddy Head Alec Head Jacques Wertheimer
1982 Parannda Henri Samani François Mathet HH Aga Khan IV
1983 Chamisene Gérard Dubroeucq Mitri Saliba Mahmoud Fustok
1984 Blue Bell Pearl Maurice Philipperon John Cunnington, Jr. Paul de Moussac
1985 Kozana Alain Lequeux Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV
1986 Only Star Gary W. Moore Criquette Head Robert Sangster
1987 Fitzwilliam Place Pat Eddery André Fabre Paul Nataf
1988 Action Francaise Cash Asmussen André Fabre Daniel Wildenstein 1:41.9
1989 Golden Opinion Cash Asmussen André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 1:39.8
1990 Gaelic Bird William Mongil François Doumen Michael Smurfit 1:35.6
1991 Once in My Life Cash Asmussen Robert Collet Richard C. Strauss 1:36.0
1992 Marble Maiden Steve Cauthen André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 1:39.5
1993 Ski Paradise Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Zenya Yoshida 1:36.9
1994 Lunafairy Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Jean-Luc Lagardère 1:43.4
1995 Smolensk Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Mrs Paul de Moussac 1:45.5
1996 Sensation Frankie Dettori Criquette Head Sheikh Mohammed 1:37.7
1997 Orford Ness Sylvain Guillot Pascal Bary Khalid Abdullah 1:39.4
1998 Pharatta Dominique Boeuf Carlos Laffon-Parias Dario Hinojosa 1:39.3
1999 Ronda Gérald Mossé Carlos Laffon-Parias Dario Hinojosa 1:42.4
2000 Zarkiya Gérald Mossé Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 1:41.7
2001 Banks Hill Olivier Peslier André Fabre Khalid Abdullah 1:36.2
2002 Spring Star Christophe Soumillon Carlos Laffon-Parias Wertheimer et Frère 1:37.5
2003 Maiden Tower Frankie Dettori Henri-Alex Pantall Sheikh Mohammed 1:35.1
2004 Baqah Davy Bonilla Freddy Head Hamdan Al Maktoum 1:35.8
2005 Gorella Thierry Thulliez Jean de Roualle Pierre de Roualle 1:36.2
2006 Impressionnante Olivier Peslier Carlos Laffon-Parias Wertheimer et Frère 1:35.6
2007 All Is Vanity Franck Blondel William Cargeeg Isabelle Corbani 1:37.8
2008 Modern Look Stéphane Pasquier David Smaga Khalid Abdullah 1:38.5
2009 Homebound Christophe Lemaire Jean-Claude Rouget Joseph Allen 1:38.1
2010 Joanna Christophe Soumillon Jean-Claude Rouget Hamdan Al Maktoum 1:38.7

Earlier winners

  • 1967 - Ancyre
  • 1971 - Opalia
  • 1972 - Arosa
  • 1974 - Insistance
  • 1975 - Hamada
  • 1976 - Guichet
  • 1977 - River Dane
  • 1978 - Calderina
  • 1979 - Cenerentola


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

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