Earthlight maintained his unbeaten record having an impressive return to action in the Qatar Prix Kistena at Deauville.
Andre Fabre’s colt was among the star juveniles in Europe last season – winning each of his five starts, including Group One triumphs in the Prix Morny over this program and distance and the Middle Park at Newmarket.
The coronavirus pandemic, followed by a setback, has delayed his three-year-old debut – with fellow Godolphin-owned colt Pinatubo running in the Prix Jean Prat later in the afternoon, Earthlight as an alternative ran in Listed company on the undercard.
Ridden by Mickael Barzalona, 3-10 favourite Earthlight was always travelling powerfully – and the result was scarcely ever in doubt.
Once given his head, the son of Shamardal comfortably grabbed the lead before kicking clear in dominant style. Wanaway (25-1) was most readily useful of the remainder two . 5 lengths away in 2nd.
Fabre said: “It was a great performance. He travelled nicely and showed good speed, so I’m happy.
“We have two options – we either go for the Prix Maurice de Gheest or we step up in distance. We will discuss it with Sheikh Mohammed and see where he wants to go.”