Prix de Pomone

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Prix de Pomone
Group 2 race
Location Deauville Racecourse
Deauville, France
Inaugurated 1920
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Haras Firmamento
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 2,500 metres (1m 4½f)[1]
Surface Turf
Track Right-handed
Qualification Three-years-old and up
fillies & mares
exc. G1 winners this year
[1]
Weight 54½ kg (3yo); 59 kg (4yo+)
Penalties
2 kg for Group 2 winners *
2 kg if two Group 3 wins *
* since January 1
[1]
Purse 130,000 (2017)
1st: €74,100
[1]

The Prix de Pomone is a Group 2 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 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 Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit trees, gardens and orchards. It was established in 1920, and it was originally contested over 2,400 metres.

The race was cancelled in 1940, and it was held at Maisons-Laffitte from 1941 to 1943. It was cancelled again in 1944, and run once more at Maisons-Laffitte before returning to Deauville in 1946. It was extended to 2,600 metres in 1963.

The present system of race grading was introduced in 1971, and the Prix de Pomone was initially classed at Group 3 level. It was increased to 2,700 metres in 1973, and promoted to Group 2 status in 1983. It was cut to 2,500 metres in 2004.

Records[edit]

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Zalataia – 1982, 1983
  • Bright Moon – 1993, 1994

Leading jockey (6 wins):

  • Freddy HeadMoquerie (1976, dead-heat), Gold River (1980), Zalataia (1982, 1983), Marie de Litz (1984), Light the Lights (1988)
  • Thierry JarnetBright Moon (1993, 1994), Helen of Spain (1996), Interlude (2000), Abitara (2001), Lune d'Or (2004)

Leading trainer (13 wins):

  • André FabreZalataia (1982, 1983), Galla Placidia (1985), Colorado Dancer (1989), Whitehaven (1990), Bright Moon (1993, 1994), Helen of Spain (1996), Bernimixa (2002), Diamond Tango (2005), Macleya (2007), La Pomme d'Amour (2012, 2013)

Leading owner (6 wins):

  • Guy de RothschildAgace (1955), Louvette (1958), Marella (1960), Isoline (1965), Skelda (1971), Lady Berry (1973)

Winners since 1980[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
1980 Gold River 3 Freddy Head Alec Head Jacques Wertheimer 3:00.8
1981 April Run 3 Philippe Paquet François Boutin Diana Firestone 3:01.8
1982 Zalataia 3 Freddy Head André Fabre Francis Baral
1983 Zalataia 4 Freddy Head André Fabre Francis Baral 3:04.0
1984 Marie de Litz 4 Freddy Head Robert Collet Sultan Al Kabeer 3:01.3
1985 Galla Placidia 3 Lester Piggott André Fabre William Kazan 3:12.6
1986 Persona 4 Alfred Gibert Pascal Bary Jean-Louis Bouchard 3:07.6
1987 River Memories 3 Alain Lequeux Robert Collet Alan Clore 3:02.6
1988 Light the Lights 3 Freddy Head François Boutin Chryss Goulandris 3:01.0
1989 Colorado Dancer 3 Cash Asmussen André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 3:06.5
1990 Whitehaven 3 Cash Asmussen André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 3:05.7
1991 Patricia 3 Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil Charles St George 3:04.9
1992 Magic Night 4 Alain Badel Philippe Demercastel Hideo Yokoyama 3:07.1
1993 Bright Moon 3 Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Daniel Wildenstein 2:58.0
1994 Bright Moon 4 Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Daniel Wildenstein 2:57.9
1995 Sunrise Song 4 Gérald Mossé François Doumen Jean Percepied 2:59.4
1996 Helen of Spain 4 Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 3:00.9
1997 Whitewater Affair 4 John Reid Michael Stoute John Greetham 3:03.6
1998 Leggera 3 Olivier Doleuze John Dunlop Hildegard Focke 3:02.0
1999 Bimbola 5 Thierry Gillet J. Bertran de Balanda Tullio Attias 2:56.3
2000 Interlude 3 Thierry Jarnet Sir Michael Stoute Queen Elizabeth II 3:03.5
2001 Abitara 5 Thierry Jarnet Andreas Wöhler Gestüt Ittlingen 3:06.0
2002 Bernimixa 3 Olivier Peslier André Fabre Jean-Luc Lagardère 3:02.8
2003 Vallee Enchantee 3 Dominique Boeuf Elie Lellouche Ecurie Wildenstein 3:02.9
2004 Lune d'Or 3 Thierry Jarnet Richard Gibson Mrs Paul de Moussac 2:38.9
2005 Diamond Tango 4 Christophe Soumillon André Fabre HH Aga Khan IV 2:46.3
2006 Freedonia 4 Thierry Gillet John Hammond Niarchos Family 2:39.2
2007 Macleya 5 Stéphane Pasquier André Fabre Richard C. Thompson 2:40.9
2008 Avanti Polonia 4 Davy Bonilla Freddy Head Ingeborg von Schubert 2:47.1
2009 Armure 4 Gérald Mossé Alain de Royer-Dupré Haras de Saint Pair 2:40.0
2010 Peinture Rare 4 Anthony Crastus Elie Lellouche Ecurie Wildenstein 2:53.1
2011 Sarah Lynx 4 Christophe Soumillon John Hammond Amélie Ehrnrooth 2:53.7
2012 La Pomme d'Amour 4 Maxime Guyon André Fabre Guy Reed 2:42.2
2013 La Pomme d'Amour 5 Flavien Prat André Fabre Executors of Guy Reed 2:42.45
2014 Star Lahib 5 Umberto Rispoli Andreas Wohler Jaber Abdullah 2:50.13
2015 Baino Hope 4 Christophe Soumillon Jean-Claude Rouget Ecurie I M Fares 2:43.00
2016 Highlands Queen 3 Stephane Pasquier Yohann Gourraud Kerjean & Kumin 2:45.57
2017 Bateel 5 Pierre-Charles Boudot Francis-Henri Graffard Al Asayl Bloodstock Ltd 2:39.54

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1920: La Brume
  • 1921: Marvel
  • 1922: Honeysuckle
  • 1923: Chantepie
  • 1924: Quoi
  • 1925: Javoton
  • 1926: Miquette
  • 1927: La Moldava
  • 1928: Bellecour
  • 1929: La Mie au Gue
  • 1930: Marylebone
  • 1931: Confidence
  • 1932: Campaspe
  • 1933: Queen of Scots
  • 1934: Sa Parade
  • 1935: Primrose
  • 1936: Birmania
  • 1937: Cousine
  • 1938: Queen
  • 1939: Xamalfi
  • 1940: no race
  • 1941: Pallas
  • 1942: Rengaine
  • 1943: Folle Nuit
  • 1944: no race
  • 1945: Joyeuse Lumiere
  • 1946: Fairlane
  • 1947: Platiname
  • 1948: Phydile
  • 1949: Miss Trolla
  • 1950: Blue Kiss
  • 1951: Arentelle
  • 1952: La Mirambule
  • 1953: Damaka
  • 1954: Caralina
  • 1955: Agace
  • 1956: Ad Altiora
  • 1957: La Malaguena
  • 1958: Louvette
  • 1959: Patrallora
  • 1960: Marella
  • 1961: Lezghinka
  • 1962: Psychose
  • 1963: Monade
  • 1964: Frisca
  • 1965: Isoline
  • 1966: Bergame
  • 1967: Modeste
  • 1968: Valya
  • 1969: Roseliere
  • 1970: Santa Tina
  • 1971: Skelda
  • 1972: Felicite
  • 1973: Lady Berry
  • 1974: Gazolina
  • 1975: Paddy's Princess
  • 1976: Moquerie / Sweet Rhapsody *
  • 1977: Proud Event
  • 1978: Fabuleux Jane
  • 1979: Bolsa

* The 1976 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Prix de Pomone". The French Black Type. Retrieved 9 August 2017.