Gerald Mosse: makes a successful visit back to FrancePICTURE: Getty Images
Mosse times his return aboard Grace Lady
Report: France, Friday
Saint-Cloud: Prix Corrida (Group 2) 1m2½f, 4yo+ fillies & mares
GERALD MOSSE made a flying visit home between commitments in Hong Kong and hit the jackpot with Grace Lady for trainer Tatiana Puitg.
Harem Lady set a fairly pedestrian pace while Mosse sat at the back of the pack alongside Stephane Pasquier on the eventual runner-up Fate.
Turning for home there was a difference of opinion with Pagera leading a group of three up the far rail and the rest tacking towards the stands' side on the rain-softened ground.
Mosse produced Grace Lady full of running between the two warring groups and surged clear to score by three and a half lengths.
"The ground definitely helped but she's run very well and her jockey knows her well, which is also an advantage," said Laurent Benoit, racing manager for winning owners Ecurie Victoria Dreams.
"We'll wait and see where we go next but she'll be better over a straight 1,600m (mile), I think today was the absolute limit in terms of trip."
Fate made eye-catching late progress on only her third start and left owners Sven Hanson and wife Carina dreaming that she might go some way to matching the feats of her illustrious half-sister Pride.
"We knew she was good but, you never know how good until you meet these kinds of horses," said Hanson. "The ground was a little soft for her because she has a great turn of foot and she needs more pace but, she's certainly decent."
The places were covered by a matter of necks and noses, with third-placed Romantica once again showing signs that she may not be as effective on soft ground, while Yellow And Green ran a perfectly respectable comeback in fifth having forfeited several lengths at the start when veering right leaving the stalls.