Les Beaufs (right) won the Group 1 Prix Royal-Oak on SundayPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Les Beaufs dictates in Prix Royal-Oak
Report: France, Sunday
Longchamp: Prix Royal-Oak (Group 1) 1m71/2f 3yo+
LES BEAUFS made all under a canny Julien Guillochon ride to give trainer Valerie Seignoux her first Group 1 victory with her first Group 1 runner, with the British-trained raiders unable to land a blow.
Sent off at 9-1, the three-year-old bounded into the lead for Guillochon, who is Seignoux's son. Favourite Dalkala was in second, with Hurricane Higgins and Brown Panther slightly further back.
Guillochon was allowed to set his own pace, and established a lead of several lengths down the back straight. Rounding the final turn, the lead was eroded as the pack closed, but Guillochon was merely getting a breather into his mount rather than running out of steam.
Joe Fanning's challenge on Hurricane Higgins quickly petered out, while Richard Kingscote was unable to mount a sustained run on Brown Panther.
Hughie Morrison's Quiz Mistress travelled strongly into contention for Umberto Rispoli, but he too was unable to keep pace with Guillochon when he kicked again on Les Beaufs.
It was a clean sweep of the places for the home contingent, with 40-1 chance Silver Valny second, and Rollex Borget third at 16-1.
Seignoux said: "That's him finished for this year but he'll have a programme built around all the good staying races next year.
"The ground doesn't matter to him. He's probably better on soft going but good ground wouldn't bother him. He [Guillochon] knows the horse by heart and he was very cool on him."
Also on Sunday
Longchamp: Criterium de Vitesse (Listed) 5f, 2yo
DISKO DASKO (Elaine Burke/Richard Kingscote) rallied gamely to make her first racecourse success a black-type one.
The daughter of Country Reel set out to make all but looked booked for a minor role at best when Plaza Mayor took over inside the final two furlongs.
Having gone more than a length down Disko Dasko dug in and surged back to the front, while Strange Magic completed a British-trained one-two.
"We weren't going to come after she was third in a maiden at Croise-Laroche last week but, when we saw there were only six other entries we decided to give it a go," admitted assistant trainer Karl Burke. "We thought she might be able to nick some prize moeny but she's just so tough."