William Buick was at his brilliant best at Chantilly on Tuesday as he timed his ride on Crown Walk to perfection to win the Group 3 Prix Chloe from the fast-finishing My Sister Nat by a nose.
Trained by Alex Pantall, Crown Walk was last seen when finishing second over a mile to Mission Impassible in the Group 2 Prix de Sandringham.
"She was a bit unlucky last time and probably deserved to finish in front but she's a filly with a lot of quality, somewhat in the image of [her sire] Dubawi," said Pantall.
"She is very calm and easy to deal with and has a very good mind. We wanted to see how she got on over 1,800 metres [a mile and a furlong] before determining her programme. She might get a fraction further, though not much."
The result will embolden Jean-Claude Rouget in the build-up to Mission Impassible's next race, with the filly likely to appear among Wednesday's entries for the Prix Rothschild.
But the trainer is at a loss to explain the poor performance of Poule d'Essai des Poulains winner Olmedo in Sunday's Prix Jean Prat.
He told the Equidia racing channel that the Declaration Of War colt – who trailed in last of the seven runners behind Intellogent – will undergo "a battery of tests" over the next few days.