Hughie Morrison's Quiz Mistress won for the first time since last OctoberPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Morrison's Mistress wins comfortably at Chantilly
Report: France, Tuesday
Chantilly: Prix des Tourelles (Listed Race) 1m4f, 3yo+, Fillies & Mares
A COMBINATION of Monday's rain and being reunited with Ioritz Mendizabal helped propel Quiz Mistress (Hughie Morrison) back into the winners' enclosure for the first time since scoring in Saint-Cloud's Prix Scaramouche last October.
Mendizabal looked on over the entire field for most of the 1m4f trip before powering down the outside to beat the highly-tried Pagera by a length.
"The ground has made a big difference, although she was second in the John Porter at Newbury on faster ground than this," said breeder and head of the owning Fairy Story Syndicate Edward Goodwin, who revealed that the homebred Quiz Mistress had been the result of a free nomination offered by Darley to promote sire Doyen.
He added: "We'll probably go back to Saint-Cloud for the same race she won last year and then maybe we'll look at the Prix Royal-Oak again."
Tom Queally was far from downhearted with the performance of Court Pastoral back in fourth.
"It's a shame she just got done for third but we're delighted with the run and she's still progressing," he reported.
Haikbidiac fared best of two British-trained runners in the Group 3 Prix d'Arenberg when finishing third behind This Time.
The day's most taking performance undoubtedly came in the Prix d'Aumale, as Lesstalk In Paris vaulted to Group 3 winner on only her second outing under the in-form Mendizabal.
Winning trainer Jean-Claude Rouget reflected: "To go by Andre's horse [Straight Thinking] like that in two strides was impressive. There's no obligation to go for the Marcel Boussac but neither is it impossible she'll run. It's a good race to win but she's really going to be a nice filly next year for the Poule d'Essai so, we'll see how she comes out of it."