Victory for Regal Parade at Deauville

Getting his second Group One victory on the board was British raider Regal Parade, cementing his win with a steadfast performance at Deauville in the Prix Maurice De Gheest, travelling well for the trainer's son, jockey Adrian Nicholls.

Deauville Racecourse

Deauville Racecourse

Seeming like the most probable winner was smart filly Joanna, looking good as she swept up threateningly past the one-furlong marker, but it was a determined challenge by Regal Parade, coming from behind to overtake her within the final stages, over the line first by a neck.

High Standing trained by Willie Haggas, finished in third place, followed by Smooth Operator, trained by Mario Hofer, with the Barry Hills trained Prime Defender came in fifth.

The Dab Hand Racing syndicate that owns Regal Parade, enjoyed victory last month with Evens And Odds in the Stewards' Cup at Glorious Goodwood.

Jockey Adrian Nicholls said, "He's an ex-Mark Johnston horse and everyone knows how tough his horses are - and this horse is no different.

"The filly (Joanna) travelled really well and I wanted to try and get cover behind her if possible as it was a really rough race down on the inside.

"I'm not saying our horse travels as well as her but he does travel better when he's in behind them.

"I was a bit worried passing the furlong marker but my fellow has such a big heart and gave it his all at the finish.

"I'm not sure if there's anything for him beforehand but he'll definitely go back to Haydock for the Sprint Cup (September) which he won last year.

"After that we might look at the Prix de la Foret over seven furlongs at Longchamp."

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