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Prix de Diane
(French Oaks)
Group 1 race
The Chantilly Grandstand at the 2013 Prix de Diane
LocationChantilly Racecourse
Chantilly, France
Inaugurated18 May 1843
Race typeFlat / Thoroughbred
SponsorLongines
Websitefrance-galop.com
Race information
Distance2,100 metres (1m 2½f)[1]
SurfaceTurf
TrackRight-handed
QualificationThree-year-old fillies[1]
Weight57 kg[1]
Purse€1,000,000 (2022)
1st: €571,400
[1]
Prix de Diane
2024
Royal blue, red cross of lorraine and armlets, yellow cap White, violet cap White, emerald green cross of lorraine, armlets and cap
Sparkling Plenty Survie Tamfana
Previous years
2023
Royal blue, white seams, chevrons on sleeves, hooped cap Dark blue Red, royal blue sleeves, black cap
Blue Rose Cen Never Ending Story Tasmania
2022
Dark green, white stars on sleeves Dark green, dark blue hoop and armlets, star on cap Dark Blue, Light Blue hoop and armlets, hooped cap
Nashwa La Parisienne Rosacea
2021
Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Royal blue Brown, royal blue seams, brown cap
Joan Of Arc Philomene Burgarita
2020-2011
2020
Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves, royal blue cap Dark blue, light blue cross sashes, striped sleeves, white cap Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap
Fancy Blue Alpine Star Peaceful
2019
Yellow, light blue checked, light blue sleeves, light blue cap Yellow, black striped, red sleeves, red cap Light blue, yellow diamond, light blue sleeves
Channel Commes Grand Glory
2018
White, maroon and purple striped sleeves, red cap, white star Royal blue Beige, beige sleeves, white cap
Laurens Musis Amica Homerique
2017
Dark blue, light blue cross-belts, dark blue sleeves, light blue diabolo, white cap light green and dark green halved horizontally, light green armlets on dark green sleeves, dark green cap Blue, white seams, white sleeves, white cap
Senga Sistercharlie Terrakova
2016
White, violet cap Royal blue, white seams, sleeves and cap Dark blue, white stars on sleeves
La Cressonniere Left Hand Volta
2015
Maroon White, black diamond, black seams on sleeves, black cap Royal blue, light blue epaulets, light blue cap
Star Of Seville Physiocrate Little Nightingale
2014
Light blue, dark blue spots on body, dark blue cap Orange, light green cap Black and royal blue stripes, royal blue stars on sleeves, check cap
Avenir Certain Amour A Papa Xcellence
2013
Red Dark blue, white chevron, red sleeves and cap Royal blue, white seams, sleeves and cap
Treve Chicquita Silasol
2012
GREEN, red epaulettes, green cap Royal Blue, Light Blue cap Grey, maroon epaulets, red cap
Valyra Beauty Parlour Rjwa
2011
Red, emerald green chevron, emerald green cap Royal blue, white seams, sleeves and cap White and dark green hoops, white sleeves, dark green armlets, hooped cap
Golden Lilac Galikova Glorious Sight
2010–2001
2010
GREEN, red epaulettes, green cap GREEN, red epaulettes, green cap, red sash Black and white hoops, royal blue cap, white star
Sarafina Rosanara Sandbar
2009
Orange, large royal blue spots, spots on sleeves and cap Green, pink sleeves, blue cap Royal blue, white seams, sleeves and cap
Stacelita Tamazirte Plumania
2008
GREEN, red epaulettes, green cap ROYALBLUE, Orange disc, RoyalBlue sleeves and Orange striped, RoyalBlue cap and Orange striped Royal blue, white seams, sleeves and cap
Zarkava Gagnoa Goldikova
2007
Maroon, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star Green, light blue cross-belts, white sleeves and cap Yellow and blue stripes, blue cap, yellow star
West Wind Mrs Lindsay Diyakalanie
2006
Red, white sash, royal blue cap Dark green and beige (quartered), dark green sleeves, beige armlets, quartered cap Dark blue
Confidential Lady Germance Queen Cleopatra
2005
Dark blue, light blue cross belts, striped sleeves, white cap Royal Blue, Light Blue cap Black and yellow stripes, red sleeves
Divine Proportions Argentina Paita
2004
Red, blue cross-belts, sleeves and cap Royal Blue, Light Blue cap Red, emerald green chevron, emerald green cap
Latice Millionaia Grey Lilas
2003
Green, pink epaulets, white sleeves, pink cap Cherry, black sash, primrose and white quartered cap Royal blue, white chevron, light blue cap
Nebraska Tornado Time Ahead Musical Chimes
2002
Royal Blue, Light Blue cap Green, pink epaulets, white sleeves, pink cap Blue, white spots on body
Bright Sky Dance Routine Ana Marie
2001
Royal Blue, Light Blue cap Royal blue, white chevron, light blue cap Cherry, black sash, primrose and white quartered cap
Aquarelliste Nadia Time Away
2000–1991
2000
Royal blue, white seams, sleeves and cap Blue, white disc, white cap Royal blue, white seams and sleeves, red cap
Egyptband Volvoreta Goldamix
1999
GREEN, red epaulettes, green cap Red, pale green cap Grey, pink cap
Daryaba Star Of Akkar Visionnaire
1998
GREEN, red epaulettes, green cap Light blue, mauve spots on body and cap Dark blue, light blue cross belts, striped sleeves, white cap
Zainta Abbatiale Insight
1997
GREEN, red epaulettes, green cap Blue, white hoop, checked sleeves, quartered cap Royal blue, yellow chevron and armlets, black cap
Vereva Mousse Glacee Brilliance
1996
Blue and yellow hoops, blue sleeves, yellow stars, yellow cap Royal Blue, Light Blue cap Royal blue, white epaulets, striped cap
Sil Sila Miss Tahiti Matiya
1995
Red, green diamond, green sleeves and diamonds on cap Red Orange, dark blue chevron, orange and white striped sleeves,white cap, dark blue tassel
Carling Matiara Tryphosa
1994
Dark blue, light blue cross belts, striped sleeves, white cap Maroon, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star Royal Blue, Light Blue cap
East Of The Moon Her Ladyship Agathe
1993
GREEN, red epaulettes, green cap Maroon, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star White and violet (quartered), striped sleeves, quartered cap
Shemaka Baya Dancienne
1992
Green, pink epaulets, white sleeves, pink cap Blue and grey stripes, blue sleeves, grey cap Royal Blue, Light Blue cap
Jolypha Sheba Dancer Verveine
1991
White and dark green hoops, white sleeves, dark green armlets, hooped cap Mauve, light green epaulets, quartered cap Royal Blue, Light Blue cap
Caerlina Magic Night Louve Romaine
1990–1986
1990
Maroon, Grey epaulets Maroon, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star Yellow, white hoop and armlets
Rafha Moon Cactus Air De Rien
1989
Green, red stripe, sleeves and cap Royal Blue, Light Blue cap White and dark green hoops, white sleeves, dark green armlets, hooped cap
Lady In Silver Louveterie Premier Amour
1988
Grey, pink cap Royal blue, white seams, sleeves and cap Black and grey diamonds, white sleeves and cap
Resless Kara Riviere D'Or Raintree Renegade
1987
Maroon, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star Dark blue, light blue cross belts, striped sleeves, white cap GREEN, red epaulettes, green cap
Indian Skimmer Miesque Masmouda
1986
WHITE and CHOCOLATE HOOPS, white cap Emerald Green and Royal Blue (halved horizontally), Blue sleeves, quartered cap Red, yellow disc and cap
Lacovia Secret Form Galunpe
 

The Prix de Diane, sometimes referred to as the French Oaks, is one of the most important and prestigious Group 1 horse races in France open to three-year-old thoroughbred fillies. It is run at Chantilly over a distance of 2,100 metres (about 1 mile and 2½ furlongs), and it is scheduled to take place each year in June. It is one of four races in France with a purse of a million euros or more.

It is France's equivalent of The Oaks, a famous race in England.

Over 40,000 people from around the world attend the races to not only watch the races and bet on horses, but also to showcase the latest fashion trends.[2]

History[edit]

The event is named after the mythological goddess Diana (in French, "Diane"). It was established in 1843, and was originally restricted to horses born and bred in France. Its distance was set at 2,100 metres, around 300 metres shorter than the English version. It was switched to Versailles during the Revolution of 1848, and was cancelled due to the Franco-Prussian War in 1871.

The Prix de Diane was abandoned throughout World War I, with no running from 1915 to 1918. The first two post-war editions were held at Longchamp, and it returned to Chantilly in 1921. It took place at Longchamp again in 1936.

The race was cancelled once during World War II, in 1940. It was staged at Longchamp in 1941 and 1942, and at Le Tremblay over 2,150 metres in 1943 and 1944. It returned to Longchamp for the following three years, and on the second occasion it was opened to foreign participants. The first foreign-trained horse to win was Sweet Mimosa in 1970.

The present system of race grading was introduced in 1971, and the Prix de Diane was classed at the highest level, Group 1. A strike by stable lads caused the 1975 running to be abandoned. That year's favourite had been Ivanjica.

The event was sponsored by Revlon from 1977 to 1982, and by Hermès from 1983 to 2007. It was not sponsored from 2008 to 2010, and has been backed by Longines since 2011.[3]

Two fillies have won both the Prix de Diane and the English Oaks – Fille de l'Air in 1864 and Pawneese in 1976. Six Prix de Diane winners have subsequently won the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, most recently Treve in 2013.

Records[edit]

Leading jockey (5 wins):

  • Spreoty – Serenade (1848), Hervine (1851), Dame d'Honneur (1856), Mademoiselle de Chantilly (1857), Etoile du Nord (1858)
  • Charles Pratt – Geologie (1859), Finlande (1861), Stradella (1862), Fille de l'Air (1864), Sornette (1870)
  • Yves Saint-MartinLa Sega (1962), Rescousse (1972), Allez France (1973), Pawneese (1976), Madelia (1977)
  • Gérald MosséRestless Kara (1988), Shemaka (1993), Vereva (1997), Zainta (1998), Daryaba (1999)

Leading trainer (9 wins):

  • Henry Jennings – Nativa (1843), Lanterne (1844), Dorade (1846), Serenade (1848), Fleur de Marie (1850), Geologie (1859), Surprise (1860), Destinee (1874), Tyrolienne (1875)

Leading owner (7 wins):

  • HH Aga Khan IVShemaka (1993), Vereva (1997), Zainta (1998), Daryaba (1999), Zarkava (2008), Sarafina (2010), Valyra (2012)

Winners since 1969[edit]

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1969 Crepellana Roger Poincelet Maurice Vacquet Marcel Boussac 2:12.10
1970 Sweet Mimosa Bill Williamson Seamus McGrath Seamus McGrath 2:11.00
1971 Pistol Packer Freddy Head Alec Head Ghislaine Head 2:12.20
1972 Rescousse Yves Saint-Martin Geoffroy Watson Baron de Redé 2:10.30
1973 Allez France Yves Saint-Martin Albert Klimscha Daniel Wildenstein 2:07.50
1974 Highclere Joe Mercer Dick Hern Queen Elizabeth II 2:07.70
1975 no race 1975 [a]
1976 Pawneese Yves Saint-Martin Angel Penna Sr. Daniel Wildenstein 2:09.00
1977 Madelia Yves Saint-Martin Angel Penna Sr. Daniel Wildenstein 2:10.30
1978 Reine de Saba Freddy Head Alec Head Jacques Wertheimer 2:09.40
1979 Dunette Georges Doleuze E. Chevalier du Fau Mrs Harry Love 2:08.60
1980 Mrs Penny Lester Piggott Ian Balding Eric Kronfeld 2:10.10
1981 Madam Gay Lester Piggott Paul Kelleway Geoffrey Kaye 2:06.50
1982 Harbour Freddy Head Criquette Head Ecurie Aland 2:16.80
1983 Escaline Gary W. Moore John Fellows Mrs John Fellows 2:07.80
1984 Northern Trick Cash Asmussen François Boutin Stavros Niarchos 2:11.60
1985 Lypharita Lester Piggott André Fabre Luay Tewfik Al Swaidi 2:05.90
1986 Lacovia Freddy Head François Boutin Gerry Oldham 2:07.00
1987 Indian Skimmer Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil Sheikh Mohammed 2:11.40
1988 Resless Kara Gérald Mossé François Boutin Jean-Luc Lagardère 2:07.50
1989 Lady in Silver Tony Cruz Roger Wojtowiez Mahmoud Abdul Karim 2:10.60
1990 Rafha Willie Carson Henry Cecil Prince A. A. Faisal 2:11.70
1991 Caerlina Éric Legrix Jean de Roualle Kaichi Nitta 2:10.50
1992 Jolypha Pat Eddery André Fabre Khalid Abdullah 2:09.50
1993 Shemaka Gérald Mossé Alain de Royer-Dupré Aga Khan IV 2:16.00
1994 East of the Moon Cash Asmussen François Boutin Stavros Niarchos 2:07.90
1995 Carling Thierry Thulliez Corine Barande-Barbe Ecurie Delbart 2:07.70
1996 Sil Sila Cash Asmussen Bryan Smart Luis Álvarez Cervera 2:07.30
1997 Vereva Gérald Mossé Alain de Royer-Dupré Aga Khan IV 2:08.20
1998 Zainta Gérald Mossé Alain de Royer-Dupré Aga Khan IV 2:11.20
1999 Daryaba Gérald Mossé Alain de Royer-Dupré Aga Khan IV 2:16.10
2000 Egyptband Olivier Doleuze Criquette Head Wertheimer et Frère 2:08.50
2001 Aquarelliste Dominique Boeuf Élie Lellouche Daniel Wildenstein 2:09.50
2002 Bright Sky Dominique Boeuf Élie Lellouche Ecurie Wildenstein 2:07.60
2003 Nebraska Tornado Richard Hughes André Fabre Khalid Abdullah 2:08.10
2004 Latice Christophe Soumillon Jean-Marie Béguigné Enrico Ciampi 2:07.00
2005 Divine Proportions Christophe Lemaire Pascal Bary Niarchos Family 2:06.30
2006 Confidential Lady Seb Sanders Mark Prescott Cheveley Park Stud 2:05.90
2007 West Wind Frankie Dettori Henri-Alex Pantall Sheikh Mohammed 2:06.30
2008 Zarkava Christophe Soumillon Alain de Royer-Dupré Aga Khan IV 2:07.10
2009 Stacelita Christophe Lemaire Jean-Claude Rouget Schwartz / Monastic 2:06.23
2010 Sarafina Christophe Lemaire Alain de Royer-Dupré Aga Khan IV 2:07.80
2011 Golden Lilac Maxime Guyon André Fabre Gestüt Ammerland 2:07.90
2012 Valyra Johnny Murtagh Jean-Claude Rouget Aga Khan IV 2:10.11
2013 Treve Thierry Jarnet Criquette Head Haras du Quesnay 2:03.77
2014 Avenir Certain Grégory Benoist Jean-Claude Rouget Caro / Augustin-Normand 2:05.37
2015 Star of Seville Frankie Dettori John Gosden Lady Bamford 2:05.69
2016 La Cressonniere Cristian Demuro Jean-Claude Rouget Caro / Augustin-Normand 2:09.45
2017 Senga Stéphane Pasquier Pascal Bary Niarchos Family 2:05.97
2018 Laurens P. J. McDonald Karl Burke John Dance 2:06.11
2019 Channel Pierre-Charles Boudot Francis-Henri Graffard Samuel De Barros 2:08.70
2020 Fancy Blue[b] Pierre-Charles Boudot Donnacha O'Brien Tabor / Smith / Magnier 2:05.46
2021 Joan of Arc Ioritz Mendizabal Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Smith / Magnier 2:09.05
2022 Nashwa Hollie Doyle John & Thady Gosden Imad Alsagar 2:06.63
2023 Blue Rose Cen Aurelien Lemaitre Christopher Head Yeguada Centurion SL 2:05.09
2024 Sparkling Plenty Tony Piccone Patrice Cottier Jean-Pierre-Joseph Dubois 2:07.64
  1. ^ The 1975 running was cancelled because of a strike by stable-staff
  2. ^ The 2020 race was run in July due to the COVID-19 pandemic in France

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1843: Nativa
  • 1844: Lanterne
  • 1845: Suavita
  • 1846: Dorade
  • 1847: Wirthschaft
  • 1848: Serenade
  • 1849: Vergogne
  • 1850: Fleur de Marie
  • 1851: Hervine
  • 1852: Bounty
  • 1853: Jouvence
  • 1854: Honesty
  • 1855: Ronzi
  • 1856: Dame d'Honneur
  • 1857: Mademoiselle de Chantilly
  • 1858: Etoile du Nord
  • 1859: Geologie
  • 1860: Surprise
  • 1861: Finlande
  • 1862: Stradella
  • 1863: La Toucques
  • 1864: Fille de l'Air
  • 1865: Deliane
  • 1866: Victorieuse
  • 1867: Jeune Premiere
  • 1868: Jenny
  • 1869: Peripetie
  • 1870: Sornette
  • 1871: no race
  • 1872: Little Agnes
  • 1873: Campeche
  • 1874: Destinee *
  • 1875: Tyrolienne *
  • 1876: Mondaine
  • 1877: La Jonchere
  • 1878: Brie
  • 1879: Nubienne
  • 1880: Versigny
  • 1881: Serpolette
  • 1882: Mademoiselle de Senlis
  • 1883: Verte Bonne
  • 1884: Fregate
  • 1885: Barberine
  • 1886: Presta
  • 1887: Bavarde
  • 1888: Solange
  • 1889: Criniere
  • 1890: Wandora
  • 1891: Primrose
  • 1892: Annita
  • 1893: Praline
  • 1894: Brisk
  • 1895: Kasbah
  • 1896: Liane
  • 1897: Roxelane
  • 1898: Cambridge
  • 1899: Germaine
  • 1900: Semendria
  • 1901: La Camargo
  • 1902: Kizil Kourgan
  • 1903: Rose de Mai
  • 1904: Profane
  • 1905: Clyde
  • 1906: Flying Star
  • 1907: Saint Astra
  • 1908: Medeah
  • 1909: Union
  • 1910: Marsa
  • 1911: Rose Verte
  • 1912: Qu'elle Est Belle
  • 1913: Moia
  • 1914: Alerte
  • 1915–18: no race
  • 1919: Quenouille
  • 1920: Flowershop
  • 1921: Doniazade
  • 1922: Pellsie
  • 1923: Quoi
  • 1924: Uganda
  • 1925: Aquatinte
  • 1926: Dorina
  • 1927: Fairy Legend
  • 1928: Mary Legend
  • 1929: Ukrania
  • 1930: Commanderie
  • 1931: Pearl Cap
  • 1932: Perruche Bleue
  • 1933: Vendange
  • 1934: Adargatis
  • 1935: Peniche
  • 1936: Mistress Ford
  • 1937: En Fraude
  • 1938: Feerie
  • 1939: Lysistrata
  • 1940: no race
  • 1941: Sapotille
  • 1942: Vigilance
  • 1943: Caravelle
  • 1944: Pointe a Pitre
  • 1945: Nikellora
  • 1946: Pirette
  • 1947: Montenica
  • 1948: Corteira
  • 1949: Bagheera
  • 1950: Aglae Grace
  • 1951: Stratonice
  • 1952: Seria
  • 1953: La Sorellina
  • 1954: Tahiti
  • 1955: Douve
  • 1956: Apollonia
  • 1957: Cerisoles
  • 1958: Dushka
  • 1959: Barquette
  • 1960: Timandra
  • 1961: Hermieres
  • 1962: La Sega
  • 1963: Belle Ferronniere
  • 1964: Belle Sicambre
  • 1965: Blabla
  • 1966: Fine Pearl
  • 1967: Gazala
  • 1968: Roseliere

* The 1874 and 1875 races finished as dead-heats, but each was decided by a run-off.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Prix de Diane". The French Black Type. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  2. ^ Marz, Diane (2019-06-23). "What To Wear To The Prix De Diane Longines • Petite in Paris". petiteinparis.com. Retrieved 2023-06-17.
  3. ^ Stoneham, Desmond (5 April 2011). "Watchmakers Longines to sponsor Prix de Diane". Racing Post. Archived from the original on 3 November 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2011.

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