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Prix de l'Opera

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History

VILLA MARINA winning the Prix de l'Opera at Longchamp in Paris, France.
VILLA MARINA winning the Prix de l'Opera at Longchamp in Paris, France. Picture: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The Prix de l'Opera is a Group 1 race run under Weight For Age conditions for fillies and mares at Longchamp conducted by France Galop.
The Prix de l'Opera is run over 2000m. It was first run in 1974 and was won by Cheryl.
When originated it was a Group 2 race and only for 3/4yos. Older mares were allowed in 1990 and it went to 2000m with Group 1 added in 2000.
The Prix de l'Opera is run on Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe day.
The 2016 and 2017 editions were run at Chantilly as Longchamp was under its long term redevelopment.
Athyka is the only multiple winner with two in 1988 and 1989.
There are four jockeys with three wins each – Yves Saint-Martin, Walter Swinburn, Cash Asmussen and Christophe Soumillon.
Criquette Head-Maarek has most victories as trainer with five.
The last non-French winner was Wild Illusion in 2018 for Charlie Appleby.
The Prix de l'Opera was worth €500,000 in 2019.
Notable winners of the Prix de l'Opera include Wild Illusion (2018), Rhododendron (2017), Covert Love (2015), Lily Of The Valley (2010), Satwa Queen (2007), Alexander Goldrun (2004), Petrushka (2000), Timarida (1995), Hatoof (1992), Athyka (1988/1989), Royal Heroine (1983) and Waya (1977).
The 2019 Prix de l'Opera was won by Villa Marina from Fleeting and Watch Me.
Racing and Sports

Previous Prix de l'Opera Winners

DateHorseJockeyWTTrainerBP
VILLA MARINA (GB) 3F
LE HAVRE (IRE) - BRIVIESCA (GB) PEINTRE CELEBRE (USA)
O PESLIER56.0C LAFFON-PARIAS7
WILD ILLUSION (GB) 3F
DUBAWI (IRE) - RUMH (GER) MONSUN (GER)
WILLIAM BUICK56.0C APPLEBY5
RHODODENDRON (IRE) 3F
GALILEO (IRE) - HALFWAY TO HEAVEN (IRE) PIVOTAL (GB)
J A HEFFERNAN56.0A P O'BRIEN5
SPEEDY BOARDING (GB) 4F
SHAMARDAL (USA) - DASH TO THE FRONT (GB) DIKTAT (GB)
FREDERIK TYLICKI58.0JAMES FANSHAWE6
COVERT LOVE (IRE) 3F
AZAMOUR (IRE) - WING STEALTH (IRE) HAWK WING (USA)
P SMULLEN56.0H PALMER5
WE ARE (IRE) 3F
DANSILI (GB) - IN CLOVER (GB) INCHINOR (GB)
THIERRY JARNET56.0FREDDIE HEAD7
DALKALA (USA) 4M
GIANT'S CAUSEWAY (USA) - DALTAYA (FR) ANABAA (USA)
C SOUMILLON58.0A DE ROYER DUPRE6
RIDASIYNA (FR) 3F
MOTIVATOR (GB) - RIDAFA (IRE) DARSHAAN (GB)
C P LEMAIRE56.0M DELZANGLES6
NAHRAIN (GB) 3F
SELKIRK (USA) - BAHR (GB) GENEROUS (IRE)
L DETTORI56.0ROGER VARIAN1
LILY OF THE VALLEY (FR) 3F
GALILEO (IRE) - PENNEGALE (IRE) PENNEKAMP (USA)
IORITZ MENDIZABAL56.0J-C ROUGET1
SHALANAYA (IRE) 3F
LOMITAS (GB) - SHALAMANTIKA (IRE) NASHWAN (USA)
MAXIME GUYON56.0M DELZANGLES4
LADY MARIAN (GER) 3F
NAYEF (USA) - LA FELICITA (GB) SHAREEF DANCER (USA)
MR DOMINIQUE BOEUF56.0WERNER BALTROMEI11
SATWA QUEEN (FR) 5M
MUHTATHIR (GB) - TOLGA (USA) IRISH RIVER (FR)
THIERRY THULLIEZ58.0JEAN DE ROUALLE7
MANDESHA (FR) 3F
DESERT STYLE (IRE) - MANDALARA (IRE) LAHIB (USA)
C SOUMILLON56.5A DE ROYER DUPRE6
KINNAIRD (IRE) 4M
DR DEVIOUS (IRE) - RIBOT'S GUEST (IRE) BE MY GUEST (USA)
K DARLEY58.0P C HASLAM1
ALEXANDER GOLDRUN (IRE) 3F
GOLD AWAY (IRE) - RENASHAAN (FR) DARSHAAN (GB)
K J MANNING56.5J S BOLGER3
ZEE ZEE TOP (GB) 4M
ZAFONIC (USA) - COLORSPIN (FR) HIGH TOP (GB)
K FALLON58.0SIR MICHAEL STOUTE10
BRIGHT SKY (IRE) 3F
WOLFHOUND (USA) - BRIGHT MOON (USA) ALYSHEBA (USA)
DOMINIQUE BOEUF56.5E LELLOUCHE7
TERRE A TERRE (FR) 4M
KALDOUNEVEES (FR) - TOUJOURS JUSTE (FR) ALWAYS FAIR (USA)
C SOUMILLON58.0E LIBAUD11
PETRUSHKA (IRE) 3F
UNFUWAIN (USA) -
J MURTAGH56.5SIR MICHAEL STOUTE