Ribbons cuts down Romanet rivals
James Fanshawe's British raider Ribbons ran out a surprise but impressive winner of the Darley Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville.
Off the track since being narrowly denied by Amulet in an Ascot handicap in early May, on the formbook Ribbons appeared to face a huge task as she crossed the Channel to compete at Group One level.
Frankie Dettori took his time aboard the 11/1 shot (who paid more nearly three times those odds on the local Pari-Mutuel) and she had just a couple of rivals behind her rounding the home turn.
However, once switched wide of the field in the home straight, Ribbons engaged overdrive and swiftly made up the ground to hit the front just inside the final furlong
Dettori, completing a Group One double on the afternoon having earlier guided John Quinn's The Wow Signal to victory in the Prix Morny, only had to push his mount out hands and heels in the closing stages to record a most impressive victory for the Elite Racing Club.
British raiders Princess Loulou and Secret Gesture finished second and third, completing a remarkable clean sweep of
Elite racing manager Dan Downie said: "It was a big ask, but we have always liked her and we're absolutely thrilled.
"James has crept along with her and given her time. She hasn't run since May as we've been very keen to keep her away from quick ground.
"She's been entered in a few races and then been taken out at the last minute because of the ground, so it's been frustrating, but the end result is a day like today.
"She's a filly who has kept improving and hopefully there is more to come.
"We haven't made any plans for her yet. She's entered in the Group One on Champions Day (British Champions Fillies And Mares Stakes), but we'll see.
"The ground is absolutely crucial for her."
Fanshawe himself suggested that the Prix de l'Opera at Longchamp on Arc de Triomphe weekend could be next on the agenda.
Fanshawe told At The Races: "It's a fantastic result, she's always looked a nice filly and Elite bred her so it's great.
"A filly can improve at this time of year and she vindicated herself today.
"She got the ground she likes and Frankie rode her beautifully.
"Frankie said we should stay at 10 furlongs as she has a turn of foot, so we'll probably aim at the Opera if she is OK.
"She's improved with time, she's from a very good family that does that and hopefully we can keep her right and she will improve with age.
"I'm always grateful when you win a Group One, it's great for the yard. These are the results you aim for."