Ebiyza (right): won the Prix de Royallieu via a stewards inquiryPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Ebiyza promoted to first in Prix de Royallieu
Report: France, Saturday
Longchamp: Qatar Prix de Royallieu (Group 2) 1m4½f, 3yo+ fillies and mares
CHALNETTA fought off a game challenge from Ebiyza in a thrilling Prix de Royallieu, only for the result to be reversed after a long stewards' inquiry into the matter.
The Christophe Ferland-trained three-year-old hit the front inside the closing stages and stayed on well under the guidance of Julien Auge to pass the post a head in front of Ebiyza.
The reversal means the daughter of Orattorio, whose only victory came in a Listed race at Bordeaux Les Bouscat earlier this season, has now finished second in her last three starts in Group 2 company.
However, despite the stewards' decision, she has more than justified her trainer's faith with yet another impressive performance.
The Lady Cecil-trained Riposte was kept at the back of the field for the majority of the race by jockey James Doyle. The well-bred daughter of Dansili made her charge coming into the final straight but could not catch the leading trio and subsequently tailed off in the closing stages.
Also on Saturday:
Longchamp: Qatar Prix Daniel Wildenstein (Group 2) 1m, 3y0+
POLLYANA produced a late surge in a thrilling finish to the Prix Daniel Wildenstein to land the Group 2 under the guidance of Flavien Prat.
The Didier Prod'homme-trained four-year-old travelled in midfield throughout the majority of the race and Prat timed his charge to perfection, getting up by a head from Pinturicchio at odds of 20-1.
Pollyana is something of a course specialist at Longchamp and this was her fifth victory in seven runs at the track, with the daughter of Whipper only finishing outside the top three there once.
Gregorian, the 9-2 favourite, seemed to be travelling as well as any under Gerald Mosse but the John Gosden-trained four-year-old failed to show the speed he produced when beating Soft Falling Rain in the Hungerford Stakes at Newbury earlier in the season and tailed off to finish well down the field.