David Simcock’s Dream Ahead got up in the last stride to deny brilliant mare Goldikova in a thrilling Prix de la Foret at Longchamp.
Goldikova was making her final appearance in France ahead of her planned bid for a fourth victory in the Breeders’ Cup Mile, and all appeared to be going well as she took over from her pacemaker Flash Dance after the turn for home.
But July Cup and Betfred Sprint Cup hero Dream Ahead came from out of the pack to challenge inside the final furlong and managed to gain a slender advantage in the very last stride, giving William Buick a second Group One success on the day after Elusive Kate.
Although narrowly denied a remarkable 15th Group One victory, Freddie Head's Goldikova lost little in defeat.
Dream Ahead was a bitter disappointment on his latest visit to France, but showed his class with a superb display under William Buick.
Outsider Surfrider finished third, with Irish raider Bewitched seemingly failing to stay after following Goldikova through in eyecatching fashion. The William Haggas-trained Dever Dream broke down in the straight.
Buick said: ``David has trained this horse to perfection, it's not been easy the whole way through.
“There’s no point saying David’s a good trainer because everybody knows that already.
“Everything panned out today. I just wish Goldikova wasn’t second because I’m a big fan, but Dream Ahead was a worthy winner, the best horse won the race.
“I always said he’d be better in a good race because when he gets to the front he does nothing. Today he went a head up and started hanging left.”