Romantica strikes in Romanet
Andre Fabre's Romantica took Group One honours for the first time with a hard-fought victory in the Prix Jean Romanet.
A Group Two winner over course and distance last season, she was stepping back up to the highest level after disappointing in the Prix Vermeille last September.
Ridden confidently by Maxime Guyon, she survived a slight scare when Dalkala began to drift and took the eventual winner with her.
However, once in the clear Romantica was well on top and it was Dalkala's stablemate, Sarkiyla, who stayed on stoutly to claim second at the finish.
The winner is a Galileo filly out of the Breeders' Cup-winning mare Banks Hill who is currently in foal to New Approach.