Elusive Kate captures big Deauville prize

Elusive Kate gave jockey William Buick and trainer John Gosden yet another Group One winner in a golden summer after making all the running in the Prix Rothschild at Deauville today.

Elusive Kate gave jockey William Buick and trainer John Gosden yet another Group One winner in a golden summer after making all the running in the Prix Rothschild at Deauville today.

Narrowly beaten on her belated reappearance in the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket, Elusive Kate already had positive experiences of the Normandy course as she landed two events there last year.

Buick was able to dictate just a steady pace and was never really challenged until the final furlong, when Andre Fabre's Golden Lilac was released for her run, but Elusive Kate already had the prize in the bag.

The Buick and Gosden combination have already combined for other Group One victories this year with Great Heavens (Irish Oaks), Izzi Top (Pretty Polly Stakes), Fallen For You (Coronation Stakes) and Nathaniel (Eclipse).

Golden Lilac, considered by Fabre as the best filly he has handled, was a bitter disappointment in the Falmouth and looked more like her old self in finishing a length and a quarter behind.

Mashoora was third ahead of Sagawara with Immortal Verse, last season's Coronation and Jacques le Marois winner, making very little impression in last on her comeback.

The mile event for fillies, formerly known as the Prix d'Astarte, was for once taking place without the presence of the brilliant Goldikova, who was retired last year having completed four consecutive victories.

Earlier on, British raider Baileys Jubilee came up just short against Mazameer in the Prix Cabourg.

Mark Johnston's filly was making a quick return to France after landing a Listed race at Vichy a couple of weeks ago and threw down the gauntlet to Mazameer.

But Freddie Head's colt was too difficult to pass and held her off by a short neck.

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