TRILLIUM Place is basking in arguably its greatest achievement this afternoon, thanks to Teppal giving trainer David Simcock a first Classic triumph.
The unbeaten daughter of Camacho made it three wins in three starts with victory in the Poule D’Essai des Pouliches (the French 1000 Guineas) at ParisLongchamp.
Teppal was asked to step up significantly in terms of grade, having previously raced in a novices’ race at Kempton last September.
It was also a step up in distance for her, having only competed at seven furlongs prior to her French assignment.
But the filly owned by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani proved more than up to the challenge winning the mile Group 1 in the hands of jockey Olivier Peslier.
It was a dramatic afternoon at Longchamp with the race being moved to the outer track after concerns over the state of ground used in the Poulains (the French 2000 Guineas).
The switch meant that the start of the race was delayed by half an hour.
When the field of 14 belatedly got underway Teppal, drawn close to the inner, was quickly into her stride.
Peslier was content to let her follow Could It Be Love into the business end of the race and showed a cool head, biding his time as Red Line and Sea Prose threw down challenges.
Teppal fans may have wondered for a second or two if the filly was going to pick up and mount a bid of her own.
They needn’t have worried. Peslier switched his mount out left from the inner until he was in the clear, getting a terrific and sustained response.
The 12/1 shot was in command with half a furlong left and saw out the trip in admirably game style to score by a short neck from the fast-finishing Coeur De Beaute and Wind Chimes.
The Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot is next on the agenda for Teppal. But that can wait a while: for David and Jennie Simcock and the Trillium Place team today is one to savour.