Prix Minerve

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Prix Minerve
Group 3 race
Location Deauville Racecourse
Deauville, France
Inaugurated 1925
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 2,500 metres (1m 4½f)
Surface Turf
Track Right-handed
Qualification Three-year-old fillies
exc. G1 winners this year
Weight 55 kg
Penalties
3 kg for Group 2 winners *
2 kg for Group 3 winners *
* since January 1
Purse 80,000 (2014)
1st: €40,000

The Prix Minerve is a Group 3 flat horse race in France open to three-year-old thoroughbred fillies. It is run at Deauville over a distance of 2,500 metres (about 1 mile and 4½ furlongs), and it is scheduled to take place each year in August.

History[edit]

The event is named after Minerva, the Roman goddess of crafts and wisdom. It was established in 1925, and it was originally called the Prix de Minerve. It was initially staged at Le Tremblay with a distance of 2,000 metres.

The race was abandoned in 1940, and for a period thereafter it was contested over 2,100 metres at Maisons-Laffitte (1941–43) and Auteuil (1944). It returned to Le Tremblay in 1945, and its former distance was restored in 1946. It was held at Longchamp from 1948 to 1950, and on the last two occasions it was run over 2,100 metres.

Le Tremblay closed in 1967, and the Prix de Minerve began a five-year spell at Chantilly the following year. It was transferred to Évry in 1973, and extended to 2,400 metres in 1976. The present version of its title, without the "de", was introduced in 1987.

The Prix Minerve took place at Saint-Cloud in 1993, and for the next three years it continued at Évry. It moved to Deauville in 1997, and at this point it was increased to 2,500 metres. The race was sponsored by Shadwell from 2005 to 2010.

Records[edit]

Leading jockey (7 wins):

  • Yves Saint-MartinRed Flame (1963), Flaming Heart (1966), Paulista (1974), Acoma (1976), Rajpoura (1983), Sharaniya (1986), Daralinsha (1987)

Leading trainer (9 wins):

  • André FabreColorado Dancer (1989), Wajd (1990), Bright Moon (1993), Isle de France (1998), Prairie Runner (1999), Oiseau Rare (2005), Synopsis (2007), Kalla (2009), Announce (2010)

Leading owner (10 wins):

  • HH Aga Khan IVFlaming Heart (1966), Rajpoura (1983), Sharaniya (1986), Daralinsha (1987), Linnga (1992), Sharamana (1994), Kassana (1997), Oiseau Rare (2005), Shareta (2011), Zarshana (2014)

Winners since 1979[edit]

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1979 Anifa Henri Samani Mitri Saliba Mahmoud Fustok
1980 Great Verdict Henri Samani Georges Bridgland Mrs Paul L. Hexter
1981 Anitra's Dance Freddy Head Alec Head Jacques Wertheimer
1982 Perlee Alfred Gibert Mitri Saliba Mahmoud Fustok
1983 Rajpoura Yves Saint-Martin Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:32.00
1984 Lady Tamara Henri Samani Jean-Marie Béguigné N. A. Souter 2:33.60
1985 Gamberta Guy Guignard Georges Mikhalidès Ibrahim Moubarak 2:32.60
1986 Sharaniya Yves Saint-Martin Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:32.90
1987 Daralinsha Yves Saint-Martin Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:33.43
1988 Mystery Rays Freddy Head François Boutin Stavros Niarchos 2:28.83
1989 Colorado Dancer Cash Asmussen André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 2:29.95
1990 Wajd Cash Asmussen André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 2:27.46
1991 Lady Blessington Dominique Boeuf J. M. de Choubersky Jeffrey Siegel 2:32.92
1992 Linnga Guy Guignard Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:30.72
1993 Bright Moon Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Daniel Wildenstein 2:35.60
1994 Sharamana Gérald Mossé Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:47.29
1995 Danefair Guy Guignard Maurice Zilber Khalid Abdullah 2:40.73
1996 L'Annee Folle Thierry Gillet François Doumen M. Somerset-Leeke 2:28.42
1997 Kassana Gérald Mossé Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:38.90
1998 Isle de France Alain Junk André Fabre Michael Tabor 2:42.90
1999 Prairie Runner Olivier Peslier André Fabre Daniel Wildenstein 2:42.00
2000 Folie Danse Davy Bonilla Yves de Nicolay Christian Thulliez 2:46.50
2001 Lime Gardens Eddie Ahern Michael Grassick Jim Higgins 2:46.40
2002 Tigertail Thierry Gillet Rod Collet Georges Coude 2:42.60
2003 Whortleberry Thierry Jarnet François Rohaut Jacques Berès 2:43.20
2004 Silverskaya Ioritz Mendizabal Jean-Claude Rouget Earl Champ Gignoux 2:55.90
2005 Oiseau Rare Christophe Soumillon André Fabre HH Aga Khan IV 2:50.60
2006 Maroussies Wings Olivier Peslier Patrick Haslam Renata Jacobs 2:50.00
2007 Synopsis Stéphane Pasquier André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 2:41.40
2008 Dar Re Mi Olivier Peslier John Gosden Lord Lloyd-Webber 2:50.20
2009 Kalla Maxime Guyon André Fabre Karin von Ullmann 2:43.30
2010 Announce Maxime Guyon André Fabre Khalid Abdullah 2:46.80
2011 Shareta Christophe Lemaire Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:41.73
2012 Forces of Darkness Gregory Benoist Fabrice Vermeulen G. Augustin-Normand 2:40.70
2013 Pomology William Buick John Gosden Princess Haya of Jordan 2:41.80
2014 Zarshana Christophe Soumillon Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:49.23

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1925: Lucide
  • 1926: Carissima / Miss McKinley *
  • 1927: Bellecour
  • 1928: Tanais
  • 1929: Kantara
  • 1930: La Savoyarde
  • 1931: Pearl Cap
  • 1932: Broadway Melody / Kiddie *
  • 1933: La Souriciere
  • 1934: Anatolie
  • 1935: Blue Bell
  • 1936: Capella
  • 1937: Sylvanire
  • 1938: Argolide
  • 1939: Kaligoussa
  • 1940: no race
  • 1941: La Barka
  • 1942: Gold and Blue
  • 1943: Calonice
  • 1944: La Belle du Canet
  • 1945: Red Sky
  • 1946: Pastourelle
  • 1947: Love
  • 1948: Reine des Etoiles
  • 1949: Musette
  • 1950: Nuit de Folies
  • 1951: Maitrise
  • 1952: Abeille
  • 1953: Avenida
  • 1954: Yvrande
  • 1955: Cassilda
  • 1956: Sees
  • 1957: Great Success
  • 1958: Lady Djebel
  • 1959: Mandolina
  • 1960: Valrose
  • 1961: Parbel
  • 1962: Peisqueira
  • 1963: Red Flame
  • 1964: Astaria
  • 1965: Irish Lass
  • 1966: Flaming Heart
  • 1967: Armoricana
  • 1968: Valya
  • 1969: Insulaire
  • 1970: Gleam
  • 1971: Cambrizzia
  • 1972: Paysanne
  • 1973: El Mina
  • 1974: Paulista
  • 1975: Raise a Baby
  • 1976: Acoma
  • 1977: Trillion
  • 1978: I Will Follow

* The 1926 and 1932 races were dead-heats and have joint winners.

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