Maxime Guyon and Andre Fabre: struck with Baltic Baroness in Saint-CloudPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Baltic Baroness becomes Queen in Cleopatre
Report: France, Wednesday
Saint-Cloud: Prix Cleopatre (Group 3) 1m2½f, 3yo fillies
BALTIC BARONESS (Andre Fabre/Maxime Guyon) went one better than on her previous attempt in Group company when holding the late-charging Santa Ponsa by a short neck.
Owned and bred by Gestut Ammerland, Baltic Baroness may now attempt to repeat the success of owner Dietrich von Bottischer's Golden Lilac in the Prix de Diane Longines on June 16.
To do so she will need to overcome a 37-year gap back to Pawneese, the last filly to successfully follow up a win in the Cleopatre at Chantilly.
Having been out-sprinted here in the Prix Penelope last month when Guyon was forced to strike for home earlier than he probably would have liked, Baltic Baroness received the perfect tow into the race from Piana, before striking decisively midway up the straight.
"She confirmed what she showed us last time when we were caught by a filly who finished really well," said Guyon."She showed a good turn of foot and then dug in well to hold on at the line."
Gestut Ammerland representative Crispin de Moubray added: "I think perhaps the better ground helped but, above all she is a filly who continues to improve, as she's from a family which takes time."
Trainer Frederic Rossi was left to rue the way the race unfolded as Santa Ponsa made great strides late on before just running out of time to catch the winner.
"It's a shame they didn't go a bit faster up front because she really finished well," he said. "If everything goes well she will come back here for the Prix Malleret."