France floored in Imprudence
Miss France, ante-post favourite for the QIPCO 1000 Guineas, could only finish sixth in the Prix Imprudence at Maisons-Laffitte.
Touched off in a Group Three last year, the Francois Doumen-trained Xcellence, who races in the silks made famous by Kasbah Bliss, was a surprise winner of the Guineas trial.
It was billed as a head-to-head between Andre Fabre's Miss France and Vorda, winner of the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket.
Vorda was in the prime position just behind the leader as they went a pedestrian early gallop, and Maxime Guyon struggled to get Miss France settled at the back.
Miss France was caught flat-footed for a few strides once Vorda kicked clear and looked like she would be well beaten.
Fabre's inmate finally got going close home, by which time Cristian Demuro had pulled Xcellence out to challenge Vorda and quickened up nicely to take the Group Three in some style.