Telecaster secured his first win in over a year as he claimed an easy victory in the Group Three La Coupe at ParisLongchamp on Thursday.
Hughie Morrison’s charge won last year’s Dante Stakes at York but failed to sparkle in subsequent starts in the Derby and Eclipse, with connections opting to bring an early halt to his campaign after that Sandown run.
The four-year-old showed signs of a renaissance when third in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Haydock earlier this month, being beaten just a length and a quarter by subsequent Prince of Wales’s Stakes victor Lord North.
Telecaster showed the benefit of that run in France as he travelled well throughout the 10-furlong heat, with Christophe Soumillon happy to sit in third as Diamond Vendome built up a sizeable early lead before he came back to the field in the straight.
Soumillon waited until the two-furlong point to unleash Telecaster and the New Approach colt responded in style, stretching clear with his rider looking over his shoulder before easing down well ahead of the line.
Morrison said: “The plan worked out perfectly. It was nice for him to win a race with ease and have a nice experience.
“We love going to France. They set it up nicely for us. It was the first race before it got really hot, on fresh ground.
“The irony is that they went very slow – a French pace – at Haydock which didn’t help us, yet today they went an English pace and it looked a well-run race.
“It’s encouraging. Have horse, will travel now.
“The Eclipse will come too soon I imagine. He’s in the reconvened Tattersalls Gold Cup, there’s the Juddmonte at York and we might even consider a mile and a half, so there are lots of options.”
The other Group race on the card also went for export as Charlie Appleby’s Space Blues and D’bai dominated the Prix de la Porte Maillot.
Space Blues brought Group One form to the table and had won on his reappearance at Haydock.
He settled nicely for Mickael Barzalona and while his stablemate briefly looked a threat in the straight, Space Blues soon quickened away to win by a length and a quarter.
Appleby said: “We were confident going into today on the back of his win at Haydock, as he’d come out of that race well.
“He’s got form at the top level so he holds a decent level of ability. We felt this was a good opportunity for him.
“I feel he probably is a seven-furlong specialist, so on the back of that the obvious next race for him looks to be the Lennox (at Goodwood) and the Foret later in the season.
“I was also pleased with D’bai. Unfortunately for him he likes a big field, he loves finding trouble in running. Today he saw too much daylight too soon, but it was a solid run.
“Hopefully we can find the right spot for him to get his head in front soon.”