Prix de la Grotte
|Group 3 race|
|Prix de la Grotte|
|Race type||Flat / Thoroughbred|
|Distance||1,600 metres (1 mile)|
The Prix de la Grotte is a Group 3 flat horse race in France which is open to three-year-old Thoroughbred fillies. It is run at Longchamp over a distance of 1,600 metres (about 1 mile), and it is scheduled to take place each year in April.
The event was established in 1889, and it was originally open to horses of either gender aged three or older. It became a regular fixture at Longchamp for many years, although its format frequently changed.
The modern version was introduced in 1952, and it was initially contested over 1,600 metres. It was the fillies' equivalent of the Prix de Fontainebleau, and it was designed to serve as a trial for the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches. Its distance was modified several times during the 1960s, starting with a cut to 1,400 metres in 1965. It was shortened to 1,300 metres in 1966, extended to 1,500 metres in 1967, and restored to 1,600 metres in 1968.
The present system of race grading was introduced in 1971, and the Prix de la Grotte was subsequently classed at Group 3 level. Several winners have achieved victory in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches, and the most recent was Zarkava in 2008.
Leading jockey since 1952 (7 wins):
- Yves Saint-Martin – La Sega (1962), Felicia (1963), Mirna (1964), Tonnera (1966), Pola Bella (1968), Koblenza (1969), Captive Island (1985)
Leading trainer since 1952 (7 wins):
- François Mathet – La Sega (1962), Felicia (1963), Mirna (1964), Tonnera (1966), Pola Bella (1968), Koblenza (1969), Hartebeest (1977)
Leading owner since 1952 (5 wins):
- Nelson Bunker Hunt – Gazala (1967), Pampered Miss (1970), Dahlia (1973), Nobiliary (1975), Hartebeest (1977)
Winners since 1980
|1980||Aryenne||Maurice Philipperon||John Fellows||D. G. Volkert|
|1981||Tropicaro||Alain Lequeux||Maurice Zilber||Benjamin Coates|
|1982||River Lady||Lester Piggott||François Boutin||Robert Sangster|
|1983||Mysterieuse Etoile||Alfred Gibert||Mitri Saliba||Mahmoud Fustok|
|1984||Treizieme||Lester Piggott||Maurice Zilber||Thomas P. Tatham|
|1985||Captive Island ||Yves Saint-Martin||Robert Collet||Robert Sangster|
|1986||Northern Premier||Cash Asmussen||Georges Mikhalidès||Mahmoud Fustok|
|1987||Sakura Reiko||Tony Cruz||Patrick Biancone||Enshoku Zen||1:39.60|
|1988||Silver Lane||Cash Asmussen||Maurice Zilber||Mahmoud Fustok||1:37.90|
|1989||Keniant||Gary W. Moore||Patrick Biancone||Daniel Wildenstein||1:44.80|
|1990||Houseproud||Pat Eddery||André Fabre||Khalid Abdullah||1:47.30|
|1991||Danseuse du Soir||Dominique Boeuf||Elie Lellouche||Daniel Wildenstein||1:46.20|
|1992||Absurde||Freddy Head||François Boutin||Chryss Goulandris||1:41.90|
|1993||Baya||Thierry Jarnet||André Fabre||Sheikh Mohammed||1:45.10|
|1994||Flagbird||Thierry Jarnet||André Fabre||Sheikh Mohammed||1:38.00|
|1995||Matiara||Freddy Head||Criquette Head||Ecurie Aland||1:48.40|
|1996||Shake the Yoke||Dominique Boeuf||Elie Lellouche||Serge Brunswick||1:36.70|
|1997||Always Loyal||Freddy Head||Criquette Head||Maktoum Al Maktoum||1:41.30|
|1998||Zalaiyka||Gérald Mossé||Alain de Royer-Dupré||HH Aga Khan IV||1:50.90|
|1999||Venize||Olivier Peslier||Robert Collet||Arne Larsson||1:47.20|
|2000||Lady of Chad||Gérald Mossé||Richard Gibson||John D. Martin||1:51.50|
|2001||Quarter Note||Yutaka Take||Henri-Alex Pantall||Sheikh Mohammed||1:50.30|
|2002||Sophisticat||Jamie Spencer||Aidan O'Brien||Magnier / Tabor||1:40.40|
|2003||Maiden Tower||Christophe Lemaire||Henri-Alex Pantall||Sheikh Mohammed||1:48.80|
|2004||Grey Lilas||Gary Stevens||André Fabre||Gestüt Ammerland||1:38.40|
|2005||Divine Proportions||Christophe Lemaire||Pascal Bary||Niarchos Family||1:42.10|
|2006||Daltaya||Christophe Soumillon||Alain de Royer-Dupré||HH Aga Khan IV||1:38.30|
|2007||Darjina||Christophe Soumillon||Alain de Royer-Dupré||Princess Zahra Aga Khan||1:38.40|
|2008||Zarkava||Christophe Soumillon||Alain de Royer-Dupré||HH Aga Khan IV||1:44.70|
|2009||Tamazirte||Christophe Lemaire||Jean-Claude Rouget||Vallée Martigny / Rabineau||1:42.78|
|2010||Anna Salai||Maxime Guyon||André Fabre||Godolphin||1:38.33|
1 New Bruce and Silvermine finished first and second in 1985, but both were relegated by one place after a stewards' inquiry.
- 1952 – Devinette
- 1954 – Baghicheh
- 1955 – Myriade
- 1956 – Apollonia
- 1957 – Epine Doree
- 1958 – Reluisante
- 1959 – Fiorenza
- 1960 – Sly Pola
- 1961 – Mopsy
- 1962 – La Sega
- 1963 – Felicia
- 1964 – Mirna
- 1965 – Clear River
- 1966 – Tonnera
- 1967 – Gazala
- 1968 – Pola Bella
- 1969 – Koblenza
- 1970 – Pampered Miss
- 1971 – Bold Fascinator
- 1972 – If
- 1973 – Dahlia
- 1974 – Paddy's Princess
- 1975 – Nobiliary
- 1976 – Riverqueen
- 1977 – Hartebeest
- 1978 – Tayyara
- 1979 – Nonoalca
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- galopp-sieger.de – Prix de la Grotte.
- horseracingintfed.com – International Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Prix de la Grotte (2010).
- pedigreequery.com – Prix de la Grotte – Longchamp.