Maxime Guyon: rode Flintshire to victory in the Prix du LysPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Flintshire fires first shot in Juddmonte double
Report: France, Sunday
Chantilly: Prix du Lys Longines (Group 3) 1m4f, 3yo colts and geldings
KHALID ABDULLAH may not have had a filly deemed worthy of making the line-up in the Prix de Diane but the famous emerald and pink silks were on top of the podium in both the supporting Group races.
Flintshire (Andre Fabre/Maxime Guyon) stepped-up markedly on previous efforts when storming clear of his rivals in what is traditionally a trial for the Juddmonte-sponsored Grand Prix de Paris.
Flintshire was a remarkable 15th winner of the race for Fabre and all but three of the last 12 runnings have gone to the champion trainer.
Explaining Flintshire's improvement Guyon said: "He wasn't suited by the holding ground last time but the quick track here really made a difference, as did the 2400m which is really his ideal trip."
Elie Lellouche may be growing weary of running into Fabre hotpots with Park Reel, who finished in the runners-up spot for a fifth successive time.
His previous conquerors at pattern level were Fabre's Ocovango and Tableaux.
Also on Sunday
Chantilly: Prix du Breuil Longines (Group 3) 1m, 4yo+
Mainsail (Pascal Bary/Christophe Soumillon) completed the Juddmonte double with an all-the-way defeat of Laygirl under a supremely confident ride from his jockey who, unusually, had been without a ride in the Diane.
"He deserves that and I'm delighted," reported Bary of Mainsail, who is a half-brother to Arc winner Rail Link and was winning a first Group race after promising much during a curtailed three-year-old campaign.
"Christophe gave him a great ride to make all and we'll have to aim a little higher now though I'm not sure what will come next," continued Bary, who almost saddled the forecast as the supplemented Poupee Flash finished within a nose of being second on her seasonal debut.
Splitting the Bary pair was Laygirl, who fully justified a her trainer Jean-Marc Capitte's decision to step up in grade after winning in handicap company here last month.