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Prix de la Grotte

Group 3 race
Prix de la Grotte
Location Longchamp Racecourse
Paris, France
Inaugurated 1889
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
Weight 57 kg
Purse 80,000 (2010)
1st: €40,000

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.

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History

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.

Records

Leading jockey since 1952 (7 wins):

  • Yves Saint-MartinLa 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 HuntGazala (1967), Pampered Miss (1970), Dahlia (1973), Nobiliary (1975), Hartebeest (1977)

Winners since 1980

Year

Winner

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
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 [1] 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.

Earlier winners

  • 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
  • 1974 – Paddy's Princess
  • 1975 – Nobiliary
  • 1976 – Riverqueen
  • 1977 – Hartebeest
  • 1978 – Tayyara
  • 1979 – Nonoalca


See also

References


  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Prix de la Grotte (2010).



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