La Bague Au Roi demolished her rivals with a commanding performance in testing conditions, as she readily won the Grade Two Mares’ Hurdle at Ascot.

Just five mares went to post for this contest over just under three miles.

Midnight Tune went into the lead and was perhaps four lengths clear at the first from Hitherjacques Lady and La Bague Au Roi.

As the rain continued to fall at a gloomy Ascot, Midnight Tune continued to bowl along and entered the home straight well clear of La Bague Au Roi, while Sainte Ladylime made an error at the back.

With a circuit to race, Midnight Tune held a two length lead from La Bague Au Roi who moved to the outside and was much quicker over the first down the back, momentarily heading her rival, while Hitherjacques Lady was close-up along with Graceful Legend.

Midnight Tune dropped away four from home and La Bague Au Roi went on, while Hitherjacques Lady pulled up.

The Warren Greatrex mare soon pulled clear of her toiling opponents.

La Bague Au Roi and Noel Fehily eased over the two flights in the home straight with an unassailable lead and was eased down to record a wide-margin victory from Sainte Ladylime, with Graceful Legend third.

Fehily said: “She was brilliant the whole way. I’d never sat on her before and I spoke to Richard Johnson and my job was pretty easy.

“Aidan (Coleman) went a nice a gallop but I was hoping he’d take me further than he did. She jumps well so I let her get on with it. She’s a real galloper. She’s a good mare.”