Prix Penelope

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Prix Penelope
Group 3 race
Location Saint-Cloud Racecourse
Saint-Cloud, France
Inaugurated 1905
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 2,100 metres (1m 2½f)[1]
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-year-old fillies[1]
Weight 57 kg[1]
Purse €80,000 (2017)
1st: €50,400
[1]

The Prix Penelope is a Group 3 flat horse race in France open to three-year-old thoroughbred fillies. It is run over a distance of 2,100 metres (about 1 mile and 2½ furlongs) at Saint-Cloud in April.

History[edit]

The event is named after two different horses called Penelope – a leading British broodmare foaled in 1798, and the winner of the Prix Royal foaled in 1820.

The Prix Penelope was established in 1905, and it was originally staged at Maisons-Laffitte.[2] It was initially contested over 2,000 metres.[3]

The race was abandoned throughout World War I, with no running from 1915 to 1919. It was held at Saint-Cloud in 1921,[4] and moved there more permanently in 1927.

The Prix Penelope took place at Longchamp from 1940 to 1942, and switched to Maisons-Laffitte in 1943. It was extended to 2,100 metres in 1944. It returned to Saint-Cloud and reverted to 2,000 metres in 1946. It was restored to 2,100 metres in 1950.

The present race grading system was introduced in 1971, and the Prix Penelope was subsequently classed at Group 3 level.

The Prix Penelope can serve as a trial for the Prix de Diane. The last horse to win both events was Pawneese in 1976.

Records[edit]

Leading jockey (5 wins):

  • George SternMuskerry (1905), Sais (1906), Roselys (1914), Samic (1921), Zariba (1922)
  • Rae JohnstoneLa Futaie (1940), Sylphide (1947), Corseira (1950), Arbele (1952), Sun Cap (1954)
  • Thierry JarnetMadame Est Sortie (1988), Wemyss Bight (1993), Diamond Dance (1994), Tulipa (1996), La Sylphide (1999)

Leading trainer (7 wins):

  • Geoffroy Watson – Favreale (1959, dead-heat), Timandra (1960), Hermieres (1961), Hether (1970), Cigaline (1971), Rescousse (1972), Brave Ketty (1973)
  • André FabreTrampoli (1992), Wemyss Bight (1993), Diamond Dance (1994), Muncie (1995), Tulipa (1996), Gagnoa (2008), Waldlerche (2012)

Leading owner (10 wins):

  • Marcel BoussacSamic (1921), Zariba (1922), Diademe (1930), Canzoni (1939), Esmeralda (1942), Corseira (1950), Arbele (1952), Adarca (1953), Janiari (1956), Demia (1977)

Winners since 1981[edit]

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1981 Last Love Serge Gorli Patrick Biancone Serge Lederman
1982 All Along Serge Gorli Patrick Biancone Daniel Wildenstein 2:23.40
1983 Smuggly Alain Badel Olivier Douieb Edward Seltzer
1984 Pampa Bella Alain Badel Jean-François Daubin Mrs A. Daubin
1985 Blue Tip Cash Asmussen Freddie Palmer David d'Albis
1986 Termienne Dominique Boeuf Jean-Paul Gallorini Philippe Faucampre
1987 Productive Freddy Head J. C. Cunnington George Ohrstrom
1988 Madame Est Sortie Thierry Jarnet Yann-Marie Porzier Gerald Levi 2:34.20
1989 Behera Tony Cruz Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:16.10
1990 Air de Rien Alain Badel Myriam Bollack-Badel Jacques Berès 2:13.50
1991 La Monalisa Dominique Boeuf Elie Lellouche Edgard Zorbibe 2:15.30
1992 Trampoli Sylvain Guillot André Fabre Paul de Moussac 2:18.70
1993 Wemyss Bight Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Khalid Abdullah 2:20.50
1994 Diamond Dance Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Jean-Luc Lagardère 2:18.70
1995 Muncie Olivier Peslier André Fabre Daniel Wildenstein 2:21.30
1996 Tulipa Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 2:15.70
1997 Brilliance Sylvain Guillot Pascal Bary Ecurie Skymarc Farm 2:17.90
1998 Abbatiale Frédéric Sanchez Dominique Sépulchre Georges Coude 2:27.60
1999 La Sylphide Thierry Jarnet Nicolas Clément Sibylle Egloff 2:28.20
2000 Volvoreta Thierry Thulliez Carlos Lerner Maria-Soledad Vidal 2:21.90
2001 Baldwina François-Xavier Bertras François Rohaut Bernard Cazenave 2:41.30
2002 Ombre Legere Stéphane Pasquier Elie Lellouche Ecurie Ferdane 2:19.50
2003 Humouresque Thierry Thulliez Sir Mark Prescott Cheveley Park Stud 2:17.90
2004 Ask for the Moon Ioritz Mendizabal Jean-Claude Rouget Jean-Pierre Dubois 2:17.10
2005 Perfect Hedge Thierry Thulliez Nicolas Clément NP Bloodstock Ltd 2:22.10
2006 Germance Ioritz Mendizabal Jean-Claude Rouget Nelson Radwan 2:20.10
2007 Mrs Lindsay Stéphane Pasquier François Rohaut Bettina Jenney 2:17.20
2008 Gagnoa Stéphane Pasquier André Fabre Smith / Tabor / Magnier 2:23.10
2009 Celimene Yann Lerner Carlos Lerner Gérard Laboureau 2:21.30
2010 Dariole Gregory Benoist Pascal Bary Helen Barbe 2:19.90
2011 Don't Hurry Me Ioritz Mendizabal Jean-Claude Rouget Jean-François Gribomont 2:17.20
2012 Waldlerche Maxime Guyon André Fabre Gestüt Bernried 2:19.80
2013 Ferevia Olivier Peslier Carlos Laffon-Parias Leonidas Marinopoulos 2:23.40
2014 Goldy Espony Fabrice Veron Henri-Alex Pantall Henri-Alex Pantall 2:17.16
2015 Queen's Jewel Maxime Guyon Freddy Head Wertheimer et Frère 2:18.19
2016 Camprock Maxime Guyon Pia Brandt Ecurie du Grand Chene 2:23.01
2017 Sistercharlie Maxime Guyon Henri-Alex Pantall Mme Jacques Cygler 2:19.06

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1905: Muskerry
  • 1906: Sais
  • 1907: All Mine
  • 1908: Scarlet
  • 1909: Pierre Benite
  • 1910: Madeleine
  • 1911: La Becasse
  • 1912: Mongolie
  • 1913: Sweetness
  • 1914: Roselys
  • 1915–19: no race
  • 1920: Flowershop
  • 1921: Samic
  • 1922: Zariba
  • 1923: Fiasque
  • 1924: Isola Bella
  • 1925: Gandourah
  • 1926: Briseis
  • 1927: Carmelite
  • 1928: Tanais
  • 1929: Tour Eiffel
  • 1930: Diademe
  • 1931: Brulette
  • 1932: Incessu Patuit
  • 1933: Bipearl
  • 1934: Rarity
  • 1935: Clairvoyante
  • 1936: Royalebuchy
  • 1937: Sylvanire
  • 1938: Feerie
  • 1939: Canzoni
  • 1940: La Futaie
  • 1941: Longthanh
  • 1942: Esmeralda
  • 1943: Folle Nuit
  • 1944: Chambriere
  • 1945: Raita
  • 1946: Pirette
  • 1947: Sylphide
  • 1948: Princesse Kara
  • 1949: Cretonne
  • 1950: Corseira
  • 1951: Simonetta
  • 1952: Arbele
  • 1953: Adarca
  • 1954: Sun Cap
  • 1955: Senones
  • 1956: Janiari
  • 1957: Piriere
  • 1958: Dushka
  • 1959: Favreale / Ma Princesse *
  • 1960: Timandra
  • 1961: Hermieres
  • 1962: Monade
  • 1963: Maintenon
  • 1964: Carolle II
  • 1965: Cassette
  • 1966: Kaliopi
  • 1967: Straight On
  • 1968: Roseliere
  • 1969: Saraca
  • 1970: Hether
  • 1971: Cigaline
  • 1972: Rescousse
  • 1973: Brave Ketty
  • 1974: Pale Ale
  • 1975: Petit Monstre
  • 1976: Pawneese
  • 1977: Demia
  • 1978: Tempus Fugit
  • 1979: Saloon
  • 1980: Good to Beat

* The 1959 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Prix Penelope". The French Black Type. Retrieved 23 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Courses à Maisons-Laffitte". Le Figaro (in French). 21 April 1905. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "1905 Prix Penelope". Le Figaro. 21 April 1905. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Hier, Saint-Cloud". Le Petit Journal (in French). 24 April 1921. Retrieved 17 February 2013.