The ultra-consistent Holdthasigreen earned a first Group One victory with a hard-fought success in the Prix Royal-Oak at Chantilly.

Eight went to post for this 15 furlong race, with Flag Of Honour going into the early lead from Brundtland and the grey Palombe.

That was the order with a circuit to race, with the Aidan O’Brien colt Flag Of Honour, still in front.

Over the crossing, Flag Of Honour and Brundtland both lost significant ground and Holdthasigreen went on from the recovering Brundtland and Palombe.

The race developed into a sprint in the home straight, with Holdthasigreen clinging on gamely as Brundtland and Called To The Bar challenged.

Brundtland, racing between horses, was the first to crack, but Holdthasigreen and Tony Piccone kept up the gallop to see off Called To The Bar and the late finishing Morgan Le Faye.

The six year old Holdthasigreen, has been a modicum of consistency, winning the Group Two Prix Kergorlay earlier in the year and running second in the recent Group One Prix du Cadran.