Dansant, the Gerald Butler trained six-year-old, won the 3rd leg of Hermes International Jockeys' Challenge, in the good hands of Olivier Peslier, at Deauville on Saturday with a victory by a short neck from Gentoo.
Starting in his first event for precisely a year due to being sidelined because of an injury after finishing in fourth place in the Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury last year.
"Dansant badly injured both knees in the Geoffrey Freer and then he nearly died of colic over Christmas, so it is fantastic to get him back and I am so happy," Butler said.
"We came here as we had no other options before running in the Anatolia Trophy in Turkey on the all-weather. This has been a happy hunting ground for me as I won the Prix Morny here with Elusive City."
The third running of the international challenge turned out to be a local derby, with French jockeys dominating the top placings. Maxime Guyon grabbed top spot after winning the second event riding Corconte, trained by Xavier Nakkachdji, with Stephane Pasquier in second place after his victory in the first leg on Fleur Enchantee, followed by Olivier Peslier in third place.
Last year's Melbourne Cup winning jockey, Corey Brown was among several jockeys riding at the Deauville track for the first time.
"This is my first time riding in France and it is very exciting," he said.
"I idolise some of the French jockeys and watch a lot of videos of their races at home. It is great to be able to compete against them and I would love to come back and do a three-month stint here."
Top Japanese jockey Hiroyuki Uchida made the journey over as well and commented, "I have really enjoyed riding in two races today although the results weren't that good for me.
"It was a very memorable experience and I hope I can come back again next year."