Jump to: navigation, search

Prix Imprudence

Group 3 race
Prix Imprudence
Location Maisons-Laffitte
Inaugurated 1949
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website france-galop.com
Race information
Distance 1,400 metres (7f)
Track Turf, straight
Qualification Three-year-old fillies
Weight 57 kg
Purse 80,000 (2010)
1st: €40,000

The Prix Imprudence is a Group 3 flat horse race in France which is open to three-year-old Thoroughbred fillies. It is run at Maisons-Laffitte over a distance of 1,400 metres (about 7 furlongs), and it is scheduled to take place each year in April.



The event is named after Imprudence, a successful French-trained filly whose victories included three Classics in 1947. It was established in 1949, the same year as the equivalent race for colts, the Prix Djebel. The race was originally contested over a mile, and it was cut to its present length in 1961. For a period it was classed at Listed level, and it was promoted to Group 3 status in 2009.

The Prix Imprudence serves as a trial for the first fillies' Classics of the European flat season. Seven winners have subsequently achieved victory in the 1,000 Guineas Stakes, most recently Natagora in 2008. The last to win the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches was Elusive Wave in 2009.


Leading jockey since 1980 (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 since 1980 (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 since 1980 (5 wins):

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

Winners since 1980






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 1:33.40
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 [1] Freddy Head Criquette Head Haras d'Etreham 1:20.51
1996 Mahalia [1] 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 [2] 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
2009 Elusive Wave Christophe Lemaire Jean-Claude Rouget Martin S. Schwartz 1:23.60
2010 Joanna Christophe Soumillon Jean-Claude Rouget Hamdan Al Maktoum 1:28.60

1 The 1995 and 1996 editions were run at Evry over 1,300 metres.
2 The 2001 running was held at Longchamp.

Earlier winners

  • 1960 – Never Too Late
  • 1961 – Solitude
  • 1962 – Monade
  • 1968 – Salade Chinoise
  • 1969 – Mismaloya
  • 1970 – Balsane
  • 1971 – Pomme Rose
  • 1972 – Arosa
  • 1973 – Princess Arjumand
  • 1974 – Lianga
  • 1975 – Girl Friend
  • 1978 – Best Girl
  • 1979 – Pitasia

See also


  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Prix Imprudence (2010).


Premier Equine Classifieds


Subscribe to our newsletter and keep abreast of the latest news, articles and information delivered directly to your inbox.

Did You Know?

Modern horse breeds developed in response to a need for "form to function", the necessity to develop certain physical characteristics in order to perform a certain type of work... More...

The Gypsy Cob was originally bred to be a wagon horse and pulled wagons or caravans known as Vardos; a type of covered wagon that people lived in... More...

Archaeological evidence indicates that the Arabian horse bloodline dates back 4,500 years. Throughout history, Arabian horses spread around the world by both war and trade.... More...

That the term "Sporthorse" is a term used to describe a type of horse rather than any particular breed... More...