Prix de Pomone

The Prix de Pomone is a Group 2 flat horse race in France open to thoroughbred fillies and mares aged three years or older. It is run at Deauville over a distance of 2,500 metres (about 1 mile and 4½ furlongs), and it is scheduled to take place each year in August.

Prix de Pomone
Group 2 race
LocationDeauville Racecourse
Deauville, France
Race typeFlat / Thoroughbred
SponsorDarley Stud
Race information
Distance2,500 metres (1m 4½f)[1]
QualificationThree-years-old and up
fillies & mares
exc. G1 winners this year
Weight55 kg (3yo); 59 kg (4yo+)
2 kg for Group 2 winners *
2 kg if two Group 3 wins *
* since January 1
Purse130,000 (2018)
1st: €74,100
Prix de Pomone
emerald Green, Red epaulettes Emerald green, white inverted triangle, white sleeves, emerald green armlets and diamond on white cap Light blue, yellow diamond on body
Ebaiyra Spirit Of Appin Grand Glory
Previous years
Black and White (halved), sleeves reversed, Red cap Emerald green, royal blue sleeves, white cap, emerald green spots Light blue, light blue and pink diabolo on sleeves
Dame Malliot Love So Deep Klassique
Royal blue Royal blue, yellow cap Bronze
Kitesurf Palombe God Given
Red, black stars, red sleeves Dark blue, light green diamond hoop, dark blue sleeves, light green cap Pale Blue, White and Yellow check cap
Bateel Traffic Jam Abingdon
White, red star, red seams on sleeves, red cap, white star White, blue hoop and cap Green, pink epaulets, white sleeves, pink cap
Highlands Queen Mango Tango Contribution
Beige and Brown check, quartered cap Purple, light blue chevron, light blue cap Dark blue, white star, red sleeves, red cap
Baino Hope Cocktail Queen Frine
Royal blue, white striped sleeves, white cap White, black sleeves, white cap, black stars Red, emerald green chevron, red sleeves, red cap, emerald green star
Star Lahib Chalnetta Savanne
Gold and black check, pink sleeves and cap White, black sleeves, white cap, black stars Yellow, large black spots and spots on cap
La Pomme D'Amour Chalnetta Emirates Queen
Gold and black check, pink sleeves and cap Yellow, blue diamonds, blue sleeves, red cap emerald Green, Red epaulettes
La Pomme D'Amour Shimmering Surf Dalkala
Dark blue, dark green cross belts, dark green and dark blue quartered cap Grey, maroon chevron, maroon sleeves, maroon cap emerald Green, Red epaulettes
Sarah Lynx Miss Crissy Shamanova
Royal Blue, Light Blue cap White, emerald green hoop, white cap Purple and white stripes, purple cap
Peinture Rare High Heeled Burn The Breeze
White, brown chevron, orange cap emerald Green, Red epaulettes White, dark blue sleeves, orange cap
Armure Shemima Tres Rapide
Silver, Black, White and Emerald Green Sash, Black Cap Black and yellow stripes, red sleeves Pink, purple diamonds, purple sleeves, quartered cap
Avanti Polonia Turfrose Believe Me
Dark blue, pink hoop and armlets, pink star on cap Blue, Yellow cross of Lorraine, armlets and cap White, emerald green hoop, white cap
Macleya Pearl Sky Montare
Dark blue, light blue cross sashes, striped sleeves, white cap White, emerald green hoop, white cap Light blue and yellow (halved), reversed sleeves, halved cap
Freedonia Montare Exhibit One
emerald Green, Red epaulettes White, Green sleeves, Hooped cap Royal blue, yellow cap
Diamond Tango Guadalajara Russian Hill
Yellow and black hoops, yellow cap Yellow, Turquoise cap Forest green, crimson chevron, crimson cap
Lune D'Or Hidden Hope Sweet Stream
Royal Blue, Light Blue cap Dark blue, grey triple diamond Emerald green, white sash with yellow piping, emerald green and yellow check sleeves, white cap with pom pom
Vallee Enchantee Treble Heights Mandela
Grey, pink cap Rose du bari, turquoise collar, cuffs and spots on cap Black, orange sleeves, black and red check cap
Bernimixa Shadow Dancing Turn To Black
White, red stripe, armlets and cap Grey, red cross of lorraine, hooped sleeves, quartered cap White, dark blue epaulets and cap
Abitara Head In The Clouds Super Tassa
Purple, gold braid, scarlet sleeves, black velvet cap, gold fringe Blue, white seams, white sleeves, white cap Orange and purple hoops, orange cap
Interlude Sadler's Flag Aubergade
White, light blue armlets Brown, beige chevrons, brown sleeves and cap Green, pink epaulets, white sleeves, pink cap
Bimbola Innuendo Native Justice
Grey, blue sleeves, striped cap Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves Dark blue, yellow cap
Leggera Tuning Rambling Rose
Yellow, Black hoop and armlets, Red cap Royal Blue, Light Blue cap Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap
Whitewater Affair Otaiti Legend Maker
Maroon, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap Dark blue, yellow chevron hoop, yellow cap
Helen Of Spain Camporese Spout
Light green, dark green sleeves and cap Emerald green, white sash with yellow piping, emerald green and yellow check sleeves, white cap with pom pom Black, orange sleeves, white cap
Sunrise Song Fanjica L'Ile Tudy
Royal Blue, Light Blue cap Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves Pink, grey disc
Bright Moon Wandesta Molesnes
Royal Blue, Light Blue cap Light Blue, Chocolate sleeves, hooped cap Emerald green, white sash with yellow piping, emerald green and yellow check sleeves, white cap with pom pom
Bright Moon Spring Oakmead
Blue, red stars, sleeves and cap Pale blue, white and yellow check cap Dark green
Magic Night Sought Out Always Friendly
Black, white chevron hoop and cap Grey, Lemon sleeves, Orange cap owned by L Seile
Patricia Spendomania Danae De Brule
Maroon, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star White, dark blue cross of lorraine and armlets, hooped cap Orange, maroon hoop and armlets, black and orange quartered cap
Whitehaven Tycana Indian Queen


The event is named after Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit trees, gardens and orchards. It was established in 1920, and it was originally contested over 2,400 metres.

The race was cancelled in 1940, and it was held at Maisons-Laffitte from 1941 to 1943. It was cancelled again in 1944, and run once more at Maisons-Laffitte before returning to Deauville in 1946. It was extended to 2,600 metres in 1963.

The present system of race grading was introduced in 1971, and the Prix de Pomone was initially classed at Group 3 level. It was increased to 2,700 metres in 1973, and promoted to Group 2 status in 1983. It was cut to 2,500 metres in 2004.


Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Zalataia – 1982, 1983
  • Bright Moon – 1993, 1994

Leading jockey (6 wins):

  • Freddy HeadMoquerie (1976, dead-heat), Gold River (1980), Zalataia (1982, 1983), Marie de Litz (1984), Light the Lights (1988)
  • Thierry JarnetBright Moon (1993, 1994), Helen of Spain (1996), Interlude (2000), Abitara (2001), Lune d'Or (2004)

Leading trainer (14 wins):

  • André FabreZalataia (1982, 1983), Galla Placidia (1985), Colorado Dancer (1989), Whitehaven (1990), Bright Moon (1993, 1994), Helen of Spain (1996), Bernimixa (2002), Diamond Tango (2005), Macleya (2007), La Pomme d'Amour (2012, 2013), Kitesurf (2018)

Leading owner (6 wins):

  • Guy de RothschildAgace (1955), Louvette (1958), Marella (1960), Isoline (1965), Skelda (1971), Lady Berry (1973)

Winners since 1980Edit

1980 Gold River 3 Freddy Head Alec Head Jacques Wertheimer 3:00.8
1981 April Run 3 Philippe Paquet François Boutin Diana Firestone 3:01.8
1982 Zalataia 3 Freddy Head André Fabre Francis Baral
1983 Zalataia 4 Freddy Head André Fabre Francis Baral 3:04.0
1984 Marie de Litz 4 Freddy Head Robert Collet Sultan Al Kabeer 3:01.3
1985 Galla Placidia 3 Lester Piggott André Fabre William Kazan 3:12.6
1986 Persona 4 Alfred Gibert Pascal Bary Jean-Louis Bouchard 3:07.6
1987 River Memories 3 Alain Lequeux Robert Collet Alan Clore 3:02.6
1988 Light the Lights 3 Freddy Head François Boutin Chryss Goulandris 3:01.0
1989 Colorado Dancer 3 Cash Asmussen André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 3:06.5
1990 Whitehaven 3 Cash Asmussen André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 3:05.7
1991 Patricia 3 Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil Charles St George 3:04.9
1992 Magic Night 4 Alain Badel Philippe Demercastel Hideo Yokoyama 3:07.1
1993 Bright Moon 3 Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Daniel Wildenstein 2:58.0
1994 Bright Moon 4 Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Daniel Wildenstein 2:57.9
1995 Sunrise Song 4 Gérald Mossé François Doumen Jean Percepied 2:59.4
1996 Helen of Spain 4 Thierry Jarnet André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 3:00.9
1997 Whitewater Affair 4 John Reid Michael Stoute John Greetham 3:03.6
1998 Leggera 3 Olivier Doleuze John Dunlop Hildegard Focke 3:02.0
1999 Bimbola 5 Thierry Gillet J. Bertran de Balanda Tullio Attias 2:56.3
2000 Interlude 3 Thierry Jarnet Sir Michael Stoute Queen Elizabeth II 3:03.5
2001 Abitara 5 Thierry Jarnet Andreas Wöhler Gestüt Ittlingen 3:06.0
2002 Bernimixa 3 Olivier Peslier André Fabre Jean-Luc Lagardère 3:02.8
2003 Vallee Enchantee 3 Dominique Boeuf Élie Lellouche Ecurie Wildenstein 3:02.9
2004 Lune d'Or 3 Thierry Jarnet Richard Gibson Mrs Paul de Moussac 2:38.9
2005 Diamond Tango 4 Christophe Soumillon André Fabre HH Aga Khan IV 2:46.3
2006 Freedonia 4 Thierry Gillet John Hammond Niarchos Family 2:39.2
2007 Macleya 5 Stéphane Pasquier André Fabre Richard C. Thompson 2:40.9
2008 Avanti Polonia 4 Davy Bonilla Freddy Head Ingeborg von Schubert 2:47.1
2009 Armure 4 Gérald Mossé Alain de Royer-Dupré Haras de Saint Pair 2:40.0
2010 Peinture Rare 4 Anthony Crastus Élie Lellouche Ecurie Wildenstein 2:53.1
2011 Sarah Lynx 4 Christophe Soumillon John Hammond Amélie Ehrnrooth 2:53.7
2012 La Pomme d'Amour 4 Maxime Guyon André Fabre Guy Reed 2:42.2
2013 La Pomme d'Amour 5 Flavien Prat André Fabre Executors of Guy Reed 2:42.45
2014 Star Lahib 5 Umberto Rispoli Andreas Wohler Jaber Abdullah 2:50.13
2015 Baino Hope 4 Christophe Soumillon Jean-Claude Rouget Ecurie I M Fares 2:43.00
2016 Highlands Queen 3 Stéphane Pasquier Yohann Gourraud Kerjean & Kumin 2:45.57
2017 Bateel 5 Pierre-Charles Boudot Francis-Henri Graffard Al Asayl Bloodstock Ltd 2:39.54
2018 Kitesurf 4 Mickael Barzalona André Fabre Godolphin 2:43.87
2019 Dame Malliot 3 Frankie Dettori Ed Vaughan Anthony Oppenheimer 2:46.23
2020 Ebaiyra 3 Christophe Soumillon Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:51.24

Earlier winnersEdit

  • 1920: La Brume
  • 1921: Marvel
  • 1922: Honeysuckle
  • 1923: Chantepie
  • 1924: Quoi
  • 1925: Javoton
  • 1926: Miquette
  • 1927: La Moldava
  • 1928: Bellecour
  • 1929: La Mie au Gue
  • 1930: Marylebone
  • 1931: Confidence
  • 1932: Campaspe
  • 1933: Queen of Scots
  • 1934: Sa Parade
  • 1935: Primrose
  • 1936: Birmania
  • 1937: Cousine
  • 1938: Queen
  • 1939: Xamalfi
  • 1940: no race
  • 1941: Pallas
  • 1942: Rengaine
  • 1943: Folle Nuit
  • 1944: no race
  • 1945: Joyeuse Lumiere
  • 1946: Fairlane
  • 1947: Platiname
  • 1948: Phydile
  • 1949: Miss Trolla
  • 1950: Blue Kiss
  • 1951: Arentelle
  • 1952: La Mirambule
  • 1953: Damaka
  • 1954: Caralina
  • 1955: Agace
  • 1956: Ad Altiora
  • 1957: La Malaguena
  • 1958: Louvette
  • 1959: Patrallora
  • 1960: Marella
  • 1961: Lezghinka
  • 1962: Psychose
  • 1963: Monade
  • 1964: Frisca
  • 1965: Isoline
  • 1966: Bergame
  • 1967: Modeste
  • 1968: Valya
  • 1969: Roseliere
  • 1970: Santa Tina
  • 1971: Skelda
  • 1972: Felicite
  • 1973: Lady Berry
  • 1974: Gazolina
  • 1975: Paddy's Princess
  • 1976: Moquerie / Sweet Rhapsody *
  • 1977: Proud Event
  • 1978: Fabuleux Jane
  • 1979: Bolsa

* The 1976 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "Prix de Pomone". The French Black Type. Retrieved 19 August 2018.