Pasquier plan scuppers Olympic bid
Stephane Pasquier rode a canny race on Maxios to floor favourite Olympic Glory in the Prix du Moulin at Longchamp.
While the remainder of the field, including the Frankie Dettori-ridden market-leader, seemed content to allow Flotilla's pacemaker, Sage Melody, to bowl along up front, Pasquier kept the winner much closer to the early gallop.
Maxios cruised past Sage Melody in the straight and powered away to win as he liked, while the Richard Hannon-trained Olympic Glory eventually got going to just snatch a distant second place, five lengths behind the winner.
It was a timely Group One triumph for Pasquier, who had only been cleared to resume riding on Thursday after a civil ruling suspended his three-month ban by France Galop for a failed test for a banned substance.
Alan Cooper, racing manager for Maxios' owners, the Niarchos family, said: "The tactics were to be positive and the ground was magnificent.
"We'll have to sit down and talk to the owner about what to do now. He's invited to the Cox Plate in Australia but would have to go into quarantine next week."
Trainer Jonathan Pease mentioned the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on Champions Day at Ascot as a possible alternative.
Richard Hannon jnr, the Wiltshire handler's son and assistant, said: "Frankie said he didn't like going round the bend and lost 10 lengths."