Records of the Prix de Diane

13 June 2024

Prix de Diane parade ring

Run this year on Sunday 16 June, the Prix de Diane is the most prestigious 3yo fillies’ race on the French calendar. The list of past winners is a veritable Who’s Who of quality fillies, many of which went on to further excel both on track and in the breeding shed. The following are some of the more salient records relating to the 2100m classic.

2 minutes 3.77 seconds

The fastest race time, recorded by Trêve in 2013, on just her third public appearance. She would go on that year to win the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, and again at 4.

1 and only

Exceptional talent, Hollie Doyle, won with Nashwa in 2022, becoming the first [and to date, only] female jockey to land the coveted race. The first woman to ever compete in the race was Maryline Eon in 2017.

3 for one lady

The Prix de Diane has been won on just four occasions by a female trainer, three times by the inimitable Christiane Head-Maarek : Trêve (2013), Egyptband (2000), and Harbour (1982) ridden by her brother, Freddy. Corine Barande-Barbe complements the tally with Carling’s victory in 1995.


Since the start of the 20th century, two jockeys have won the French Oaks no fewer than five times. Yves Saint-Martin (1962, 1972, 1973, 1976 and 1977) and Gérald Mossé (1988, 1993, 1997, 1998 and 1999). The jockey of the white gloves renown is the only one to win in three consecutive years though. 


Henry Jennings won the race nine times in the 19th century, but most successful trainer in the modern version of the race is Alain de Royer-Dupré with six victories, securing three in a row for the Aga Khan [Gérald Mossé riding], in ’97 (Vereva), '98 (Zainta) et ’99 (Daryaba). Shemaka imposed in 1993, the extraordinary Zarkava followed up in 2008, his last coming two years later with Sarafina.


The number of times the same colours have been carried to victory. Other than the Aga Khan’s six Diane successes obtained by Alain de Royer-Dupré, the famous green jacket with red epaulettes was triumphant again in 2012, this time with the Jean-Claude Rouget-trained Valyra.


Even with over 100 Gr.1’s to his name, the recently-retired Olivier Peslier never managed to win a Diane. His 27 rides in the Chantilly showpiece exceeds any other jockey in the history of the race.


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