Speedy Boarding came with a strong run in the home straight to claim a first Group 1 win in the Darley Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville this afternoon.
This 1 ¼ mile contest for older fillies and mares saw a field of ten runners.
Ame Bleu was quick from the stalls and shared the early lead with Sayana, with Bocca Baciata racing out wider.
Settling down and the Aga Khan filly Sayana led but the pace was far from testing, with Bocca Baciata in second and Ame Bleu third to the inside rail, with Speedy Boarding and Steip Amach next.
Bocca Baciata and Colm O’Donoghue went on as the field reached halfway and moved into a lead of 1 ½ lengths as the field turned for home.
However, she quickly faded and Ame Bleu and Speedy Boarding came through to contest the finish, with the Frederik Tylicki ridden filly showing the better turn of foot.
At the line Speedy Boarding was a couple of clears clear of Ame Bleu, with Steip Amach third and Sea Front fourth.
The James Fanshawe trained 4 year old Speedy Boarding was winning her first Group 1, but had been successful in the Group 2 Prix Corrida at Saint-Cloud earlier in the year.
The daughter of Shamardal was giving her trainer a second victory in this race, following the 2014 success of Ribbons.
Speedy Boarding took the lucrative prize by a length and three-quarters, and Fanshawe said: “I’m absolutely delighted. She’s always been a nice filly.
“Maybe we ran her back a bit quick last time when she disappointed in the Pretty Polly (at the Curragh), but we aimed her at this race and she did it really nicely.
“It’s great because it’s Freddie’s first Group One winner and it’s also great for the owners and breeders.
“The ground dried out a bit which probably paid to her strengths.”
He added: “She’ll be entered in the Prix de l’Opera this week and we have to decide, if the ground is OK, whether we go for that or to Ascot for the fillies’ and mares’.
“She’s won two Group races in France now.”