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Prix de l'Opéra

Group 1 race
Prix de l'Opéra
Location Longchamp Racecourse
Paris, France
Inaugurated 1974
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Qatar Petroleum
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 2,000 metres (1¼ miles)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Three-years-old and up
fillies & mares
Weight 56 kg (3yo); 58 kg (4yo+)
Purse 250,000 (2009)
1st: 57.14%, 2nd: 22.86%
3rd: 11.43%, 4th: 5.71%
5th: 2.86%

The Prix de l'Opéra is a Group 1 flat horse race in France which is open to thoroughbred fillies and mares aged three years or older. It is run at Longchamp over a distance of 2,000 metres (about 1¼ miles), and it is scheduled to take place each year in early October.

The event was established in 1974, and it was initially classed at Group 2 level. During the early part of its history it was contested over 1,850 metres, and it was restricted to three and four-year-old fillies only. The race was opened to older mares in 1990. It was promoted to Group 1 status in 2000, and simultaneously it was extended to 2,000 metres.

The Prix de l'Opéra is held on the same day as the most prestigious event in French racing, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. The meeting is scheduled for the first Sunday in October.



Leading jockey (3 wins):

  • Walter SwinburnRoyal Heroine (1983), Bella Colora (1985), Hatoof (1992)
  • Cash AsmussenSecret Form (1986), Colour Chart (1990), Insight (1998)

Leading trainer (5 wins):

Leading owner (3 wins):








1974 Cheryl 3 Jean-Claude Desaint Freddie Palmer T. Kitano 2:00.5
1975 Sea Sands 3 Yves Saint-Martin Miguel Clément W. J. Salmon, Jr. 1:57.6
1976 Dona Barod 4 Maurice Philipperon John Cunnington, Jr. Antonio Blasco 2:02.2
1977 Waya 3 Yves Saint-Martin Angel Penna, Sr. Daniel Wildenstein 1:53.5
1978 Cistus 3 Willie Carson Dick Hern Sir Michael Sobell 2:03.4
1979 Producer 3 Lester Piggott Maurice Zilber Roy Gottlieb 1:56.3
1980 Hortensia 3 Alain Lequeux Olivier Douieb Robert Sangster
1981 Kilmona 3 Yves Saint-Martin Gérald Sauque Mrs Léon Givaudan 2:01.9
1982 Dione 3 Willie Carson John Dunlop D. Prenn 1:59.7
1983 Royal Heroine 3 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute Robert Sangster 1:50.1
1984 Reine Mathilde 3 Freddy Head Criquette Head Ecurie Aland 2:08.1
1985 Bella Colora 3 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute Helena Springfield Ltd 1:53.5
1986 Secret Form 3 Cash Asmussen Pascal Bary Peter Goulandris 1:53.7
1987 Mona Stella 3 Gary W. Moore Criquette Head Jacques Wertheimer 1:56.5
1988 Athyka 3 Guy Guignard Criquette Head Jacques Wertheimer 1:52.0
1989 Athyka 4 Guy Guignard Criquette Head Jacques Wertheimer 1:56.3
1990 Colour Chart 3 Cash Asmussen André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 1:54.6
1991 Martessa 3 Terence Hellier Andreas Wöhler Gestüt Hof Heidendom 1:56.3
1992 Hatoof 3 Walter Swinburn Criquette Head Maktoum Al Maktoum 2:02.5
1993 Verveine 4 Olivier Peslier Elie Lellouche Daniel Wildenstein 1:58.9
1994 Andromaque [1] 4 Pat Eddery Roger Charlton Carlos Stelling 1:53.9
1995 Timarida 3 Johnny Murtagh John Oxx HH Aga Khan IV 1:55.7
1996 Donna Viola 4 John Reid Chris Wall Kieran D. Scott 1:55.5
1997 Clodora 3 Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Jean-Luc Lagardère 1:51.1
1998 Insight 3 Cash Asmussen John Hammond Niarchos Family 1:58.6
1999 Diamond White 4 Tim Sprake Mick Ryan Peter Scott 2:02.3
2000 Petrushka 3 Johnny Murtagh Sir Michael Stoute Highclere Racing Ltd 2:02.0
2001 Terre a Terre 4 Christophe Soumillon Eric Libaud Devin / Ashbrooke 2:19.3
2002 Bright Sky 3 Dominique Boeuf Elie Lellouche Ecurie Wildenstein 2:02.3
2003 Zee Zee Top 4 Kieren Fallon Sir Michael Stoute Helena Springfield Ltd 2:08.0
2004 Alexander Goldrun 3 Kevin Manning Jim Bolger Miriam O'Callaghan 2:02.3
2005 Kinnaird 4 Kevin Darley Patrick Haslam Renata Jacobs 2:04.6
2006 Mandesha 3 Christophe Soumillon Alain de Royer-Dupré Princess Zahra Aga Khan 2:00.9
2007 Satwa Queen 5 Thierry Thulliez Jean de Roualle Steven & Gillian Lamprell 2:03.8
2008 Lady Marian 3 Dominique Boeuf Werner Baltromei R'stall Gestüt Hachtsee 2:03.8
2009 Shalanaya 3 Maxime Guyon Mikel Delzangles HH Aga Khan IV 2:01.8

1 Erin Bird finished first in 1994, but she was relegated to fifth place following a Stewards' Inquiry.


  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Prix de l'Opéra (2009).

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