Prix Imprudence

The Prix Imprudence is a Listed flat horse race in France open to three-year-old thoroughbred fillies. It is run over a distance of 1,400 metres (approximately 7 furlongs) at Maisons-Laffitte Racecourse and takes place annually in April.

A trial race for the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches or its English counterpart, the 1,000 Guineas, it is named after Imprudence, a French-trained winner of both of those races plus the Epsom Oaks in 1947. The equivalent trial for colts and geldings is the Prix Djebel, which is run at the same meeting.

Two successive winners of the Prix Imprudence in the 1980s, Miesque and Ravinella, both subsequently won the French and English 1,000 Guineas. Other horses from this race to win the French version include Solitude and the 2000 third Bluemamba. Others to win the English Guineas are Bella Paola, Ma Biche, Natagora and the 1992 runner-up Hatoof. The winner of the Prix Imprudence in 2003, Six Perfections, went on to finish second in the English 1,000 Guineas, and later won the Prix Jacques Le Marois and the Breeders' Cup Mile.

Records since 1979

Leading jockey (10 wins):

  • Freddy HeadMa Biche (1983), L'Orangerie (1984), Vilikaia (1985), Or Vision (1986), Miesque (1987), Lightning Fire (1989), Kenbu (1992), Macoumba (1995), Mahalia (1996), Pas de Reponse (1997)

Leading trainer (10 wins):

  • Criquette Head-MaarekMa Biche (1983), L'Orangerie (1984), Vilikaia (1985), Ravinella (1988), Macoumba (1995), Mahalia (1996), Pas de Reponse (1997), Cortona (1998), Stunning (2001), Magic America (2007)

Leading owner (5 wins):

  • Stavros NiarchosFiryal (1980), Or Vision (1986), Miesque (1987), Lightning Fire (1989), Coup de Genie (1994)

Winners since 1979

1979 Pitasia Alfred Gibert Aage Paus Sir Douglas Clague
1980 Firyal Philippe Paquet François Boutin Stavros Niarchos
1981 Layalina Alfred Gibert Mitri Saliba Mahmoud Fustok
1982 Play It Safe Lester Piggott François Boutin Diana M. Firestone
1983 Ma Biche Freddy Head Criquette Head Maktoum Al Maktoum
1984 L'Orangerie Freddy Head Criquette Head Robert Sangster
1985 Vilikaia Freddy Head Criquette Head Robert Sangster
1986 Or Vision Freddy Head François Boutin Stavros Niarchos
1987 Miesque Freddy Head François Boutin Stavros Niarchos
1988 Ravinella Gary W. Moore Criquette Head Ecurie Aland 1:30.80
1989 Lightning Fire Freddy Head François Boutin Stavros Niarchos
1990 Cydalia Gérald Mossé François Boutin Ecurie Skymarc Farm
1991 The Perfect Life Eric Saint-Martin Robert Collet Richard C. Strauss 1:25.70
1992 Kenbu Freddy Head François Boutin Tomohiro Wada 1:27.90
1993 Wixon Cash Asmussen François Boutin Allen E. Paulson 1:31.90
1994 Coup de Genie Cash Asmussen François Boutin Stavros Niarchos 1:32.30
1995 Macoumba * Freddy Head Criquette Head Haras d'Etreham 1:20.51
1996 Mahalia * Freddy Head Criquette Head Gerry Oldham 1:17.96
1997 Pas de Reponse Freddy Head Criquette Head Wertheimer et Frère 1:30.90
1998 Cortona Olivier Doleuze Criquette Head Gerry Oldham 1:36.00
1999 Blue Cloud Olivier Peslier André Fabre Daniel Wildenstein 1:27.70
2000 Peony Cash Asmussen Dominique Sépulchre Mrs John L. Moore 1:26.92
2001 Stunning * Olivier Doleuze Criquette Head-Maarek Robert N. Clay 1:33.30
2002 Glia Thierry Thulliez Pascal Bary Niarchos Family 1:27.30
2003 Six Perfections Thierry Thulliez Pascal Bary Niarchos Family 1:29.40
2004 Onda Nova Stéphane Pasquier Dominique Sépulchre Niarchos Family 1:32.20
2005 Valima Christophe Soumillon André Fabre HH Aga Khan IV 1:30.40
2006 Mauralakana Ioritz Mendizabal Jean-Claude Rouget Maurice Hassan 1:30.20
2007 Magic America Johnny Murtagh Criquette Head-Maarek Thomas A. Ryan 1:24.50
2008 Natagora Christophe Lemaire Pascal Bary Stefan Friborg 1:29.90
* The 1995 and 1996 races took place at Evry over 1,300 metres (6½ furlongs) and the 2001 race was run at Longchamp.

Earlier winners

  • 1969 - Mismaloya
  • 1970 - Balsane
  • 1971 - Pomme Rose


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