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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

Date Horse Jockey WT Trainer BP
VILLA MARINA (GB) 3F
LE HAVRE (IRE) - BRIVIESCA (GB) PEINTRE CELEBRE (USA)
O PESLIER 56.0 C LAFFON-PARIAS 7
WILD ILLUSION (GB) 3F
DUBAWI (IRE) - RUMH (GER) MONSUN (GER)
WILLIAM BUICK 56.0 C APPLEBY 5
RHODODENDRON (IRE) 3F
GALILEO (IRE) - HALFWAY TO HEAVEN (IRE) PIVOTAL (GB)
J A HEFFERNAN 56.0 A P O'BRIEN 5
SPEEDY BOARDING (GB) 4F
SHAMARDAL (USA) - DASH TO THE FRONT (GB) DIKTAT (GB)
FREDERIK TYLICKI 58.0 JAMES FANSHAWE 6
COVERT LOVE (IRE) 3F
AZAMOUR (IRE) - WING STEALTH (IRE) HAWK WING (USA)
P SMULLEN 56.0 H PALMER 5
WE ARE (IRE) 3F
DANSILI (GB) - IN CLOVER (GB) INCHINOR (GB)
THIERRY JARNET 56.0 FREDDIE HEAD 7
DALKALA (USA) 4M
GIANT'S CAUSEWAY (USA) - DALTAYA (FR) ANABAA (USA)
C SOUMILLON 58.0 A DE ROYER DUPRE 6
RIDASIYNA (FR) 3F
MOTIVATOR (GB) - RIDAFA (IRE) DARSHAAN (GB)
C P LEMAIRE 56.0 M DELZANGLES 6
NAHRAIN (GB) 3F
SELKIRK (USA) - BAHR (GB) GENEROUS (IRE)
L DETTORI 56.0 ROGER VARIAN 1
LILY OF THE VALLEY (FR) 3F
GALILEO (IRE) - PENNEGALE (IRE) PENNEKAMP (USA)
IORITZ MENDIZABAL 56.0 J-C ROUGET 1
SHALANAYA (IRE) 3F
LOMITAS (GB) - SHALAMANTIKA (IRE) NASHWAN (USA)
MAXIME GUYON 56.0 M DELZANGLES 4
LADY MARIAN (GER) 3F
NAYEF (USA) - LA FELICITA (GB) SHAREEF DANCER (USA)
DOMINIQUE BOEUF 56.0 WERNER BALTROMEI 11
SATWA QUEEN (FR) 5M
MUHTATHIR (GB) - TOLGA (USA) IRISH RIVER (FR)
THIERRY THULLIEZ 58.0 JEAN DE ROUALLE 7
MANDESHA (FR) 3F
DESERT STYLE (IRE) - MANDALARA (IRE) LAHIB (USA)
C SOUMILLON 56.5 A DE ROYER DUPRE 6
KINNAIRD (IRE) 4M
DR DEVIOUS (IRE) - RIBOT'S GUEST (IRE) BE MY GUEST (USA)
K DARLEY 58.0 P C HASLAM 1
ALEXANDER GOLDRUN (IRE) 3F
GOLD AWAY (IRE) - RENASHAAN (FR) DARSHAAN (GB)
K J MANNING 56.5 J S BOLGER 3
ZEE ZEE TOP (GB) 4M
ZAFONIC (USA) - COLORSPIN (FR) HIGH TOP (GB)
K FALLON 58.0 SIR MICHAEL STOUTE 10
BRIGHT SKY (IRE) 3F
WOLFHOUND (USA) - BRIGHT MOON (USA) ALYSHEBA (USA)
DOMINIQUE BOEUF 56.5 E LELLOUCHE 7
TERRE A TERRE (FR) 4M
KALDOUNEVEES (FR) - TOUJOURS JUSTE (FR) ALWAYS FAIR (USA)
C SOUMILLON 58.0 E LIBAUD 11
PETRUSHKA (IRE) 3F
UNFUWAIN (USA) -
J MURTAGH 56.5 SIR MICHAEL STOUTE