Gamut put a smile back on the face of Kieren Fallon when running away with the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud today.
The champion jockey had been most unhappy when Kalaman suffered severe traffic problems in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown yesterday.
But there were no such hard-luck stories here as the fast-improving Michael Stoute-trained five-year-old powered to a most impressive victory, seizing the lead on the home turn after racing close to the pace set by Poussin.
The son of Spectrum soon opened up a gap which, try as he might, Poussin’s stablemate Policy Maker was not able to close, finishing three lengths adrift at the line.
Visorama came home well under Eric Legrix to take third with Short Pause in fourth, although the other English runner, Andrew Balding’s Phoenix Reach, dropped out of contention in the straight after tracking the winner throughout, eventually finishing sixth.
The most disappointing run came from the Wildensteins crack stayer Westerner, who was always at the back and could find no extra when called upon for an effort in the straight.
The Ascot Gold Cup runner-up beat just Poussin home, while Polish Summer was scarcely more impressive in finishing seventh under Gary Stevens.
Stoute said that he had always had faith in the winner, who had not run since landing the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket in May and is now set for a return visit to France.
“He’s a progressive and consistent horse,” said Stoute. “He’s a class act and we will aim him towards the Arc.”
Fallon, who ironically had ridden Policy Maker for the Wildenstein family to success in last month’s Group Two Grand Prix de Chantilly, said he had felt the going, which was on the easy side, would suit his mount.
“We’ve been waiting for this type of ground for him,” said the Irishman. “He’s really improved this season and has gone from strength to strength. He has won well.”
Earlier on the card, the unbeaten filly Silverskaya lost her proud record as she trailed in last of the seven runners in the Group Two Prix de Malleret.
The race was won by the Richard Gibson-trained Lune d’Or, ridden by Thierry Jarnet and wearing the famous de Moussac colours that Trempolino carried to victory in the 1987 Arc.
The daughter of Green Tune edged out Buoyant on the line.