Blessing lands Deauville feature
Signs Of Blessing made all the running to win a dramatic renewal of the LARC Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville.
Signs Of Blessing (noseband): Won in France
A close third to Twilight Son in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Ascot, the Francois Rohaut-trained five-year-old enjoyed his day in the sun with a game all-the-way success after a good 10-minute delay to the race.
Stephane Pasquier had Signs Of Blessing smartly away and was soon travelling comfortably in front with Gordon Lord Byron and Gifted Master close up.
The leader held a handy lead entering the final furlong and kept up the gallop to hold on from the Richard Fahey-trained Donjuan Triumphant.
Jimmy Two Times was third with other British raiders Suedois and Dutch Connection close behind.
There was drama inside the final furlong when the well-fancied Hong Kong ace Gold-Fun came down, appearing to suffer a serious injury and leading to a crashing fall for Christophe Soumillon, who got up and limped back.
The delay was caused by Jimmy Two Times, who caused a false start when charging his stall open. It triggered the auxiliary gate resulting in the next-door stalls occupied by Love Spirit and Suedois opening.
The other runners were housed in another set of stalls.
Signs Of Blessing was cut to 9-1 from 14-1 for the Haydock Sprint Cup with Sky Bet.