Andre Fabre may be represented on All-Weather Championship Finals Day after Trais Fluors justified favouritism in the Prix Lyphard at Deauville.
Running in a fast-track qualifier for the big day at Lingfield on Good Friday, the four-year-old had not been seen since taking on Alpha Centauri in the Prix Jacques le Marois in August.
Trais Fluors shot clear over a furlong out under Pierre-Charles Boudot and held closing German challenger Rolando by a neck. Martyn Meade’s Walk In The Sun faded to finish ninth.
Andreas Putsch, representing winning owners Haras de Saint Pair, said: “Trais Fluors was idling a bit in front, but the jockey said he always had a bit in hand and was doing enough as necessary.
“It is obviously a long way off, but the Easter Classic is now an option for us to consider.
“Trais Fluors definitely stays in training for 2019 and Lingifeld is certainly something to think about. Andre Fabre is away at the moment and we will sit down and talk about next year in the future.”
Boudot added: “The race went well. He tracked the leaders and then quickened well.
“He is a little quirky and idled in front, but was always doing enough. He is a horse with plenty of ability.”