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Prix de l'Opera

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Prix de l'Opera 1 Longchamp Racecourse Prix de l'Opera

Prix de l'Opera

The Prix de l'Opera is an annual French Grade 1 turf flat horse race for thoroughbred fillies and mares three years old and older. It is run on the first Sunday in October at Longchamp Racecourse in Paris over 2000m. It currently carries a purse of 250,000 euros and attracts runners from all over Europe.

Inaugurated in 1974, the Prix de l'Opera was classified as a Gr 2 race and run over a distance of 1850m for three and four year old fillies. In 1990 however the Prix de l'Opera's was extended to 2000m and opened to all fillies and mares three years old and older. In 2000 it was reclassified as a Grade 1 race.

Run on the same day each year as the famous Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, the Prix de l'Opera always attracts strong runners from France and abroad. In 2006 French filly Mendesha set a new course record over 2000m with a time of 2m 00.9s.

Three jockeys have each won the race three times: Yves Saint-Martin in 1975 on Sea Sands, in 1977 on Waya and in 1981 on Kilmona. Walter Swinburn in 1983 on Royal Heroine, in 1985 on Bella Colora and in 1992 on Hatoof. Cash Asmussen in 1986 on Secret Form, 1990 on Colour Chart and 1998 on Insight.

Top French trainer Criquette Head-Maarek has celebrated five wins in the Prix de l'Opera - in 1984 with Reine Mathilde, 1987 with Mona Stella, 1988 and 1989 with Athyka and 1992 with Hatoof.

Prix de l'Opera - Past Winners

2004 Alexander Goldrun
2005 Kinnaird
2006 Mandesha
2007 Satwa Queen
2008 Lady Marian

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