Prix du Calvados

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Prix du Calvados
Group 3 race
Location Deauville Racecourse
Deauville, France
Inaugurated 1970
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Shadwell Racing
Race information
Distance 1,400 metres (7f)[1]
Surface Turf
Track Straight
Qualification Two-year-old fillies
excluding Group 2 winners
Weight 55 kg
3 kg for Group 3 winners
Purse 80,000 (2017)
1st: €40,000

The Prix du Calvados is a Group 3 flat horse race in France open to two-year-old thoroughbred fillies. It is run at Deauville over a distance of 1,400 metres (about 7 furlongs), and it is scheduled to take place each year in August.


The event is named after Calvados, the department in which Deauville is located. It was established in 1970, and it was initially contested over 1,300 metres. It was extended to 1,400 metres and given Group 3 status in 1977.

The Prix du Calvados is currently the first Group race of the year in France exclusively for two-year-old fillies. It was sponsored by PMU since 2013 and by Longines from 2014 to 2016.


Leading jockey (3 wins):

  • Yves Saint-MartinTheia (1975), Lady Jane Grey (1977), Rayonnante (1985)
  • Freddy HeadMaximova (1982), Savannah's Honor (1987), Fairy Path (1994)

Leading trainer (4 wins):

  • François BoutinJoberane (1973), Bernica (1980), Whakilyric (1986), Savannah's Honor (1987)

Leading owner (3 wins):

Winners since 1979[edit]

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1975 Theia Yves Saint-Martin Raymond Touflan Baronne de Lopez-Taragoya
1976 Virgin John Cunnington
1977 Lady Jane Grey Yves Saint-Martin M Clement C Thieriot 1:26.8
1978 Waterway Alfred Gibert Aage Paus Michael Sobell 1:25.7
1979 Zolinana Fabrice Pegurri Jean Laumain Hubert Seutet 1:28.6
1980 Bernica Philippe Paquet François Boutin Jean Ternynck 1:24.7
1981 Exclusive Order Dominique Vincent John Cunnington, Jr. Paul de Moussac
1982 Maximova Freddy Head Criquette Head Haras d'Etreham
1983 Almeira Dominique Vincent J. C. Cunnington Countess Batthyany 1:24.0
1984 Helen Street Willie Carson Dick Hern Sir Michael Sobell 1:22.9
1985 Rayonnante Yves Saint-Martin Robert Collet Mrs Daniel Bertrand 1:30.7
1986 Whakilyric Eric Saint-Martin François Boutin Stavros Niarchos 1:29.2
1987 Savannah's Honor Freddy Head François Boutin Allen Paulson 1:30.4
1988 Oczy Czarnie Tony Cruz Jean-Marie Béguigné Edouard E. de Rothschild 1:24.9
1989 Arousal Willie Carson Dick Hern Sir Michael Sobell 1:30.4
1990 Green Pola William Mongil Georges Mikhalidès Alan Clore 1:27.6
1991 Verveine Dominique Boeuf Elie Lellouche Daniel Wildenstein 1:25.3
1992 Cox Orange Steve Cauthen André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 1:30.0
1993 Far Mist Gérald Mossé Francesco Flachi Jean-Pierre Lore 1:25.3
1994 Fairy Path Freddy Head David Smaga Lord Weinstock 1:28.1
1995 Blushing Gleam Olivier Doleuze Criquette Head Jacques Wertheimer 1:28.3
1996 Shigeru Summit Mathieu Boutin Cédric Boutin Ryoki Tanaka 1:25.9
1997 Woodland Melody Olivier Peslier Peter Chapple-Hyam Robert Sangster 1:27.3
1998 Kareymah Frankie Dettori David Loder Ahmed Al Maktoum 1:26.7
1999 Lady Vettori Thierry Gillet François Rohaut Andrew Crichton
2000 Ascension Cash Asmussen Mick Channon Norman Cheng 1:25.3
2001 Ya Hajar Steve Drowne Mick Channon Jaber Abdullah 1:23.7
2002 Six Perfections Thierry Thulliez Pascal Bary Niarchos Family 1:24.3
2003 Green Swallow Thierry Gillet Philippe Demercastel John Amerman 1:27.1
2004 Cours de la Reine Christophe Soumillon Peter Chapple-Hyam Classic St Gatien P'ship 1:32.3
2005 Confidential Lady Jean-Bernard Eyquem Sir Mark Prescott Cheveley Park Stud 1:28.3
2006 Charlotte O Fraise Christophe Lemaire Rod Collet Paul Vidal 1:30.5
2007 Proviso Stéphane Pasquier André Fabre Khalid Abdullah 1:21.1
2008 Elusive Wave Christophe Lemaire Jean-Claude Rouget Marc de Chambure 1:26.2
2009 Joanna Dario Vargiu Bruno Grizzetti Allevamento dei Sette 1:22.1
2010 Mambia Davy Bonilla Joel Boisnard Raymond Luce 1:24.0
2011 Elusive Kate Olivier Peslier John Gosden Magnolia Racing / Hood 1:25.6
2012 Purr Along Umberto Rispoli William Muir Muir Racing Prtnshp - Manchester 1:24.9
2013 Sandiva Frankie Dettori Richard Fahey Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani 1:22.27
2014 Queen Bee Gregory Benoist Elie Lellouche G Augustin-Normand & Ecurie La Boetie 1:29.21
2015 Great Page Christophe Soumillon Richard Hannon Jr. Middleham Park Racing LXXVIII 1:23.17
2016 Cavale Doree Julien Auge Christophe Ferland Ecurie Mill Reef Sas 1:25.31
2017 Polydream Maxime Guyon Freddy Head Wertheimer et Frère 1:23.21

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1972: Fiery Diplomat
  • 1973: Joberane
  • 1974: Margravine

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Prix du Calvados". The French Black Type. Retrieved 19 August 2017.