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16 April 2021

The G3 Prix de la Grotte (1600m), held at Paris Longchamp, is considered one of the key trial races for the G1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches over the same course and distance. The betting market for the Classic is often dictated by the result of the trial – seven of the last ten Prix de la Grotte winners have started favourite for the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches. However, the Prix de la Grotte/Poule d’Essai des Pouliches double is traditionally more difficult than many assume. In the last decade, only three have won both contests despite heavy market support.

The similar challenge of the Prix de la Grotte offers trainers an opportunity to test their best fillies over course and distance but only one Poule d’Essai des Pouliches winner in the previous decade – aside from the three identified above (Castle Lady, Beauty Parlour and Golden Lilac) – has even raced in the trial. Dream and Do was second behind Tropbeau in 2020 before reversing the form in the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches. With this in mind, racing fans may only want to follow the winner of the Prix de la Grotte, and even then, must be aware that the double is harder to achieve than expected.

 

Year

Winner of Prix de la Grotte

Finishing Position in
Poule d’Essai des Pouliches

 

2020

Tropbeau

4th (Fav)

2019

Castle Lady

Winner (Fav)

2018

Musis Amica

6th  (Fav)

2017

Senga

11th

2016

Qemah

3rd (Fav)

2015

Mexican Gold

3rd

2014

Lesstalk In Paris

12th (Fav)

2013

Kenhope

16th

2012

Beauty Parlour

Winner (Fav)

2011

Golden Lilac

Winner (Fav)

 

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