Coeursamba denied Mother Earth a classic double with a shock victory in the Emirates Poule d’Essai des Pouliches at ParisLongchamp.
After claiming victory in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket a fortnight ago, Mother Earth coached by Aidan O’Brien was the 6-4 favorite to follow in the French equivalent, with Christophe Soumillon entering the race.
Filly Zoffany traveled extensively for much of the mile-long competition and briefly looked ready to win after picking up well in the final two stages.
However, she didn’t recover as well as Jean-Claude Rouget’s Coeursamba, who was a 66-1 shot under Cristian Demuro but won with something to spare.
The three-year-old had won just one of her previous seven starts, recently finishing third in the Prix du Louvre on course and distance last month.
Rouget told Sky Sports Racing: “It’s always a great pleasure to win a Group One. It’s not easy, the race was very open and my filly showed very good things last year at the top. level, but did not win a Group race.
“She rested well at stud all winter and we gave her a very smooth first race (of the year).
“Today she was at the top, she drew a good draw and she did the double acceleration that I like for the horses in group 1.
“She has come a long way since the Prix du Louvre. When I saddled her today, I felt she had grown.”
Coeursamba seems unlikely to bid for more classic glory in the French Oaks, with Rouget keen to stick to a shorter distance – potentially in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.
He added: “I feel she’s better at a mile and a half.
“It’s (Coronation Stakes) possible. She’s not entered – I haven’t entered any horses because of a lot of things.
“There’s the Prix Rothschild where she can run in the Prix Jean Prat against the foals, or we could complete (for the Coronation Stakes).”