Prix Rothschild

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Prix Rothschild
Group 1 race
Location Deauville Racecourse
Deauville, France
Inaugurated 1929
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 1,600 metres (1 mile)
Surface Turf
Track Straight
Qualification Three-years-old and up
fillies & mares
Weight 54½ kg (3yo); 58 kg (4yo+)
Purse 300,000 (2015)
1st: €171,420

The Prix Rothschild is a Group 1 flat horse race in France open to thoroughbred fillies and mares aged three years or older. It is run at Deauville over a distance of 1,600 metres (about 1 mile), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late July or early August.

History[edit]

The event was established in 1929, and it was originally called the Prix d'Astarté. It was named after Astarte, a goddess of fertility.

Deauville Racecourse was closed during World War II, and the Prix d'Astarté was not run in 1940. For the remainder of this period it was switched between Longchamp (1941–42, 1944–45) and Le Tremblay (1943).

The present system of race grading was introduced in 1971, and the Prix d'Astarté was initially given Group 3 status. It was promoted to Group 2 level in 1982, and to Group 1 in 2004.

The race was renamed the Prix Rothschild in 2008. This was in memory of Guy de Rothschild (1909–2007), a prominent owner-breeder, and it was an acknowledgement of his family's contribution to French racing.

Records[edit]

Most successful horse (4 wins):


Leading jockey (6 wins):

  • Freddy HeadCarabella (1967), Prudent Miss (1970), Thorough (1982), Northern Aspen (1985), Navratilovna (1989), Hydro Calido (1992)
  • Olivier PeslierShaanxi (1996), Goldikova (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), Amazing Maria (2015)

Leading trainer (5 wins):

  • John Cunnington, Sr. – Otero (1945), Procureuse (1947), Balle Negre (1948), Action (1968), Princess Arjumand (1973)
  • François Mathet – Lilya (1958), Breloque (1960), Tin Top (1961), Tamoure (1965), Kirmiz (1972)
  • David Smaga – Thorough (1982), Elle Seule (1986), Navratilovna (1989), Leariva (1991), Miss Berbere (1998)
  • André Fabre – Nashmeel (1987), Ski Paradise (1993), Smolensk (1995), Daneskaya (1997), Esoterique (2014)

Leading owner (4 wins):

Winners since 1980[edit]

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1980 Moon Ingraver 3 Gianfranco Dettori Lorenzo Brogi Razza Spineta 1:42.6
1981 Epsiba 4 Jean-Claude Desaint Henri van de Poele Cathy Franco 1:35.2
1982 Thorough 4 Freddy Head David Smaga Alan Clore 1:34.3
1983 Luth Enchantee 3 Maurice Philipperon John Cunnington, Jr. Paul de Moussac 1:35.9
1984 Meis El-Reem 3 Alain Lequeux Olivier Douieb Bechara Choucair 1:36.3
1985 Northern Aspen 3 Freddy Head Olivier Douieb Allen Paulson 1:40.0
1986 Elle Seule 3 Alain Lequeux David Smaga David Smaga 1:37.4
1987 Nashmeel 3 Pat Eddery André Fabre Khalid Abdullah 1:37.1
1988 Gabina 3 Eric Legrix J. C. Cunnington Countess Batthyany 1:39.1
1989 Navratilovna 3 Freddy Head David Smaga Ignacio Correas 1:38.0
1990 Lady Winner 4 Eric Legrix Maurice Zilber Ecurie I. M. Fares 1:36.1
1991 Leariva 4 Alain Lequeux David Smaga Baron Thierry van Zuylen 1:37.2
1992 Hydro Calido 3 Freddy Head François Boutin Stavros Niarchos 1:35.8
1993 Ski Paradise 3 Sylvain Guillot André Fabre Zenya Yoshida 1:39.4
1994 Hatoof 5 Walter Swinburn Criquette Head Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:36.8
1995 Smolensk 3 Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Mrs Paul de Moussac 1:35.6
1996 Shaanxi 4 Olivier Peslier Elie Lellouche Teruya Yoshida 1:39.1
1997 Daneskaya 4 Alain Junk André Fabre Philip Lau Sak-Hong 1:39.4
1998 Miss Berbere 3 Dominique Boeuf David Smaga Ecurie Seutet 1:39.7
1999 Field of Hope 4 Sylvain Guillot Pascal Bary Grundy Bloodstock Ltd
2000 Lady of Chad 3 Yutaka Take Richard Gibson Teruya Yoshida 1:38.9
2001 Ascension 3 Gérald Mossé Mick Channon Norman Cheng 1:41.6
2002 Turtle Bow 3 Christophe Soumillon François Rohaut Andrew Crichton 1:40.5
2003 Bright Sky 4 Dominique Boeuf Elie Lellouche Ecurie Wildenstein 1:37.4
2004 Marbye 4 Mirco Demuro Bruno Grizzetti Teruya Yoshida 1:36.7
2005 Divine Proportions 3 Christophe Lemaire Pascal Bary Niarchos Family 1:39.9
2006 Mandesha 3 Christophe Soumillon Alain de Royer-Dupré Zahra Aga Khan 1:36.4
2007 Darjina 3 Thierry Thulliez Alain de Royer-Dupré Zahra Aga Khan 1:37.1
2008 Goldikova 3 Olivier Peslier Freddy Head Wertheimer et Frère 1:37.5
2009 Goldikova 4 Olivier Peslier Freddy Head Wertheimer et Frère 1:35.7
2010 Goldikova 5 Olivier Peslier Freddy Head Wertheimer et Frère 1:37.5
2011 Goldikova 6 Olivier Peslier Freddy Head Wertheimer et Frère 1:34.3
2012 Elusive Kate 3 William Buick John Gosden Teruya Yoshida 1:37.4
2013 Elusive Kate 4 William Buick John Gosden Teruya Yoshida 1:35.2
2014 Esoterique 4 Pierre-Charles Boudot André Fabre Édouard de Rothschild 1:37.86
2015 Amazing Maria 4 Olivier Peslier David O'Meara Sir Robert Ogden 1:34.72

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1929: Tivoli
  • 1930: Starlight
  • 1931: Celerina
  • 1932: Confidence
  • 1933: Arpette
  • 1934: Eleda
  • 1935: Rarity
  • 1936: Pamina
  • 1937: Aziyade
  • 1938: Tonnelle
  • 1939: Dixiana
  • 1940: no race
  • 1941: Thread
  • 1942: Picture
  • 1943: Thiorba
  • 1944: Laelia
  • 1945: Otero
  • 1946: Salamis
  • 1947: Procureuse
  • 1948: Balle Negre
  • 1949:
  • 1950: Fontaine
  • 1951: Marcalla
  • 1952:
  • 1953: Dynastie
  • 1954:
  • 1955: Tanina
  • 1956: Djanet
  • 1957: Careless Love
  • 1958: Lilya
  • 1959: Begrolles
  • 1960: Breloque
  • 1961: Tin Top
  • 1962:
  • 1963: Mona Louise
  • 1964: Palinda
  • 1965: Tamoure
  • 1966: Cover Girl
  • 1967: Carabella
  • 1968: Action
  • 1969: Zelinda
  • 1970: Prudent Miss
  • 1971: Madame's Share
  • 1972: Kirmiz
  • 1973: Princess Arjumand
  • 1974: Gay Style
  • 1975: Infra Green
  • 1976: Carolina Moon
  • 1977: Sanedtki
  • 1978: Clear Picture
  • 1979: Topsy

See also[edit]

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