Prix de Diane. How the home team have fared

14 June 2024

Blue Rose Cen winning the 2023 Prix de Diane

Seldom does an edition of the Prix de Diane pass without significant interest from Irish and British elements, which account for 4 successes over the past 6 years, however domestically-trained horses have prevailed in 6 of the last 11.

2013 Trêve

Owned by the Head family, and trained by Christiane, Trêve simply trounced the opposition in the 164th running, winning by an extending 4L. Partnered by Thierry Jarnet, she was making just her third career start, and the nature of her victory will be evoked for years to come.

2014 Avenir Certain

This Le Havre filly came into the classic unbeaten in two Chantilly starts and had just a month earlier won the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches in impressive fashion. Her victory gave Jean-Claude Rouget his third Diane in the space of just six years.

2016 La Cressonnière

It did not take long for Rouget to pull off another success, again with a filly sired by 2009 Prix du Jockey Club winner, Le Havre. She came into the race unbeaten in six runs, started as favourite, and duly obliged with 1.5L to spare.

2017 Senga

Pascal Bary secured a second Diane, again for the Niarchos family, 12 years after the magnificent Divine Proportions had imposed, but unlike her predecessor she came to Chantilly the least-fancied filly in the field, after having received a drubbing in the Poule d’Essai. Her finish, under Stéphane Pasquier, will not be forgotten any time soon.

2019 Channel

This year’s edition offered her jockey, Pierre-Charles Boudot, trainer Francis Graffard, and owner Samuel Barros, a first Prix de Diane. The lovely story behind the success was that Channel was the only horse her owner had in training!

2023 Blue Rose Cen

Twelve months ago, we witnessed a truly superlative performance from the young Christopher Head’s Churchill filly. In victory, Blue Rose Cen secured a triple worthy of the most exceptional of fillies, the Prix Marcel Boussac, Poule d'Essai des Pouliches, and Prix de Diane.

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