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Prix du Calvados

Group 3 race
Prix du Calvados
Location Deauville Racecourse
Deauville, France
Inaugurated 1970
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Haras des Capucines
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 1,400 metres (7f)
Track Turf, straight
Qualification Two-year-old fillies
excluding Group 2 winners
Weight 55 kg
3 kg for Group 3 winners
Purse 80,000 (2009)
1st: 50%, 2nd: 20%, 3rd: 15%
4th: 10%, 5th: 5%

The Prix du Calvados is a Group 3 flat horse race in France which is open to two-year-old thoroughbred fillies. It is run at Deauville over a distance of 1,400 metres (about 7 furlongs), and it is scheduled to take place each year in August.

The event is named after Calvados, the French department in which Deauville is located. It was established in 1970, and it was initially contested over 1,300 metres. This was extended to the present distance in 1977, and at the same time the race was promoted to Group 3 status. It is now the first Group race of the year in France which is exclusively reserved for two-year-old fillies.



Leading jockey (3 wins):

  • Freddy HeadMaximova (1982), Savannah's Honor (1987), Fairy Path (1994)

Leading trainer (4 wins):

  • François BoutinJoberane (1973), Bernica (1980), Whakilyric (1986), Savannah's Honor (1987)

Leading owner (3 wins):

Winners since 1979






1979 Zolinana Fabrice Pegurri Jean Laumain Hubert Seutet
1980 Bernica Philippe Paquet François Boutin Jean Ternynck
1981 Exclusive Order Dominique Vincent John Cunnington, Jr. Paul de Moussac
1982 Maximova Freddy Head Criquette Head Haras d'Etreham
1983 Almeira Dominique Vincent J. C. Cunnington Countess Batthyany 1:24.0
1984 Helen Street Willie Carson Dick Hern Sir Michael Sobell 1:22.9
1985 Rayonnante Yves Saint-Martin Robert Collet Mrs Daniel Bertrand 1:30.7
1986 Whakilyric Eric Saint-Martin François Boutin Stavros Niarchos 1:29.2
1987 Savannah's Honor Freddy Head François Boutin Allen E. Paulson 1:30.4
1988 Oczy Czarnie Tony Cruz Jean-Marie Béguigné Edouard E. de Rothschild 1:24.9
1989 Arousal Willie Carson Dick Hern Sir Michael Sobell 1:30.4
1990 Green Pola William Mongil Georges Mikhalidès Alan Clore 1:27.6
1991 Verveine Dominique Boeuf Elie Lellouche Daniel Wildenstein 1:25.3
1992 Cox Orange Steve Cauthen André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 1:30.0
1993 Far Mist Gérald Mossé F. Flachi Jean-Pierre Lore 1:25.3
1994 Fairy Path Freddy Head David Smaga Lord Weinstock 1:28.1
1995 Blushing Gleam Olivier Doleuze Criquette Head Jacques Wertheimer 1:28.3
1996 Shigeru Summit Mathieu Boutin Cédric Boutin Ryoki Tanaka 1:25.9
1997 Woodland Melody Olivier Peslier Peter Chapple-Hyam Robert Sangster 1:27.3
1998 Kareymah Frankie Dettori David Loder Ahmed Al Maktoum 1:26.7
1999 Lady Vettori Thierry Gillet François Rohaut Andrew Crichton
2000 Ascension Cash Asmussen Mick Channon Norman Cheng 1:25.3
2001 Ya Hajar Steve Drowne Mick Channon Jaber Abdullah 1:23.7
2002 Six Perfections Thierry Thulliez Pascal Bary Niarchos Family 1:24.3
2003 Green Swallow Thierry Gillet Philippe Demercastel John Amerman 1:27.1
2004 Cours de la Reine Christophe Soumillon Peter Chapple-Hyam Classic St. Gatien P'ship 1:32.3
2005 Confidential Lady Jean-Bernard Eyquem Sir Mark Prescott Cheveley Park Stud 1:28.3
2006 Charlotte O Fraise Christophe Lemaire Rod Collet Paul Vidal 1:30.5
2007 Proviso Stéphane Pasquier André Fabre Khalid Abdullah 1:21.1
2008 Elusive Wave Christophe Lemaire Jean-Claude Rouget Marc de Chambure 1:26.2
2009 Joanna Dario Vargiu Bruno Grizzetti Allevamento dei Sette 1:22.1

Earlier winners

  • 1970 -
  • 1971 -
  • 1972 - Fiery Diplomat
  • 1973 - Joberane
  • 1974 - Margravine
  • 1975 - Theia
  • 1976 - Virgin
  • 1977 - Lady Jane Grey
  • 1978 - Waterway


  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Prix du Calvados (2009).

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