Prix Marcel Boussac

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Prix Marcel Boussac
Critérium des Pouliches
Group 1 race
LocationLongchamp Racecourse
Paris, France
Race typeFlat / Thoroughbred
Race information
Distance1,600 metres (1 mile)[1]
QualificationTwo-year-old fillies[1]
Weight56 kg[1]
Purse€400,000 (2018)
1st: €228,560
Prix Marcel Boussac
Royal blue Blue, white seams, white sleeves, white cap Red, red sleeves, purple cap
Wild Illusion Polydream Mission Impassible

The Prix Marcel Boussac is a Group 1 flat horse race in France open to two-year-old thoroughbred fillies. It is run at Longchamp over a distance of 1,600 metres (about 1 mile), and it is scheduled to take place each year in early October.

It is France's only Group 1 event exclusively for juvenile fillies. The leading participants usually become major contenders for the following year's fillies' Classics.


The event was established in 1969, and it was originally called the Critérium des Pouliches. The best two-year-old fillies had previously competed against male horses in the Grand Critérium.

The race was given its present title in 1980, in memory of Marcel Boussac (1889–1980). Boussac was a highly successful owner/breeder, and he served as chairman of the sport's former governing body in France, the Société d'Encouragement.

The Prix Marcel Boussac took place on Longchamp's middle course (moyenne piste) until 1986. It was switched to the main course (grande piste) in 1987.

The race is held on the same day as the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. The fixture is usually staged on the first Sunday in October.


Leading jockey (3 wins):

Leading trainer (5 wins):

  • Pascal BarySierra Madre (1993), Amonita (2000), Six Perfections (2002), Denebola (2003), Divine Proportions (2004)
  • Criquette Head-MaarekGold Splash (1992), Macoumba (1994), Loving Claim (1997), Juvenia (1998), Proportional (2008)

Leading owner (4 wins): (includes part ownership)

  • Niarchos FamilySix Perfections (2002), Denebola (2003), Divine Proportions (2004), Rumplestiltskin (2005)
  • Michael Tabor - Rumplestiltskin (2005), Misty For Me (2010), Found (2014), Ballydoyle (2015)
  • Susan MagnierRumplestiltskin (2005), Misty For Me (2010), Found (2014), Ballydoyle (2015)


Year Winner Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1969 Vela Lester Piggott Richard Carver, Jr. S. Sokolov 1:40.30
1970 Two to Paris Jean-Claude Desaint John Cunnington, Jr. L. P. Doherty 1:42.10
1971 Dark Baby Georges Doleuze Jean Laumain Maurice Fournier 1:39.50
1972 Allez France Yves Saint-Martin Albert Klimscha Daniel Wildenstein 1:38.00
1973 Hippodamia Bill Pyers Maurice Zilber Nelson Bunker Hunt 1:43.00
1974 Oak Hill Y. Josse Georges Bridgland Mrs Serge Houyvet 1:47.80
1975 Theia Yves Saint-Martin Raymond Touflan S. de Lopez-Tarragoya 1:44.30
1976 Kamicia F. Flachi Jean Laumain Mrs Henri Rabatel 1:49.70
1977 Tarona Philippe Paquet François Boutin Gerry Oldham 1:41.90
1978 Pitasia Alfred Gibert Aage Paus Sir Douglas Clague 1:48.30
1979 Aryenne Yves Saint-Martin John Fellows D. G. Volkert 1:41.30
1980 Tropicaro Alain Lequeux Maurice Zilber Benjamin Coates 1:43.40
1981 Play It Safe Lester Piggott François Boutin Diana Firestone 1:46.90
1982 Goodbye Shelley John Lowe Steve Norton Mrs S. R. Brook 1:47.40
1983 Almeira Dominique Vincent J. C. Cunnington Countess Batthyany 1:38.80
1984 Triptych Alain Lequeux David Smaga Alan Clore 1:46.70
1985 Midway Lady Lester Piggott Ben Hanbury Harry Ranier 1:37.90
1986 Miesque Freddy Head François Boutin Stavros Niarchos 1:37.50
1987 Ashayer Willie Carson John Dunlop Hamdan Al Maktoum 1:37.40
1988 Mary Linoa Alain Lequeux David Smaga David Smaga 1:41.20
1989 Salsabil Willie Carson John Dunlop Hamdan Al Maktoum 1:40.30
1990 Shadayid Willie Carson John Dunlop Hamdan Al Maktoum 1:40.70
1991 Culture Vulture Richard Quinn Paul Cole Chris Wright 1:40.60
1992 Gold Splash Gérald Mossé Criquette Head Jacques Wertheimer 1:44.90
1993 Sierra Madre Gérald Mossé Pascal Bary Jean-Louis Bouchard 1:45.40
1994 Macoumba Freddy Head Criquette Head Haras d'Etreham 1:43.80
1995 Miss Tahiti Olivier Peslier André Fabre Daniel Wildenstein 1:40.20
1996 Ryafan Frankie Dettori John Gosden Khalid Abdullah 1:39.80
1997 Loving Claim Olivier Doleuze Criquette Head Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:37.60
1998 Juvenia Olivier Doleuze Criquette Head Wertheimer et Frère 1:43.00
1999 Lady of Chad Olivier Peslier Richard Gibson John Martin 1:44.90
2000 Amonita Thierry Jarnet Pascal Bary Mrs Paul de Moussac 1:36.30
2001 Sulk Frankie Dettori John Gosden James Wigan 1:43.00
2002 Six Perfections Thierry Thulliez Pascal Bary Niarchos Family 1:37.90
2003 Denebola Christophe Lemaire Pascal Bary Niarchos Family 1:40.90
2004 Divine Proportions Christophe Lemaire Pascal Bary Niarchos Family 1:36.70
2005 Rumplestiltskin Kieren Fallon Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor et al. 1:37.30
2006 Finsceal Beo Kevin Manning Jim Bolger Michael Ryan 1:34.90
2007 Zarkava Christophe Soumillon Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 1:37.00
2008 Proportional Stéphane Pasquier Criquette Head-Maarek Khalid Abdullah 1:36.00
2009 Rosanara Christophe Soumillon Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 1:37.20
2010 Misty for Me Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Smith / Magnier 1:42.50
2011 Elusive Kate William Buick John Gosden Magnolia Racing / Hood 1:38.10
2012 Silasol Olivier Peslier Carlos Laffon-Parias Wertheimer et Frère 1:44.62
2013 Indonesienne Flavien Prat Christophe Ferland Wertheimer et Frère 1:38.74
2014 Found Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Smith / Magnier 1:37.45
2015 Ballydoyle Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Smith / Magnier 1:35.44
2016 Wuheida[a] William Buick Charlie Appleby Godolphin 1:35.85
2017 Wild Illusion[a] James Doyle Charlie Appleby Godolphin 1:37.47
2018 Lily's Candle Pierre-Charles Boudot Fabrice Vermeulen Martin S Schwartz Racing 1:38.98
  1. ^ a b The 2016 & 2017 runnings took place at Chantilly while Longchamp was closed for redevelopment

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Prix Marcel Boussac". The French Black Type. Retrieved 7 October 2018.