John Gosden’s Mehdaayih ran out a comfortable winner of the Prix de Malleret at Saint-Cloud.
Impressive in the Cheshire Oaks at Chester, she was sent off favourite for the Oaks at Epsom but suffered a troubled passage and could only finish seventh behind stablemate Anapurna.
Rather than tackle the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot, Gosden preferred to take extra time with the Frankel filly and sent her to France for this Group Two.
Settled at the rear off a sedate pace set by Merimbula, Mehdaayih briefly came under pressure as Frankie Dettori moved to get closer.
It was not long before she hit the front though, and while Chirstophe Soumillon’s mount Edisa travelled well, she failed to pick up once asked and Mehdaayih coasted over the line for a valuable success.
Gosden told Sky Sports Racing: “He went to Plan B because the idea was to sit very handy, but he missed the break and she was back in last.
“She had to swing wide, but she quickened up very well – she’s got a lot of class.
“It’s interesting he said she gets unbalanced easily, so no wonder Epsom didn’t suit her.
“I was (concerned) she was out the back because we don’t quicken like the French do, but it’s a lovely straight here. She quickened up well which is a good weapon in her armoury.
“This was the plan after the Oaks. We’ll have a sit down and think because we’ll have to take on the elders now.”