JAMES Fanshawe’s stunning record in the Prix Jean Romanet Group 1 continued as Audarya caused a 48-1 upset.
After Speedy boarding and Ribbons success, Fanshawe’s four-year-old made it a memorable treble for the Newmarket coach.
Not many people go from a Newcastle handicap to a Group 1, but this route worked a treat for Audarya.
Always perfectly positioned, she traveled like a dream in the straight line and jockey Ioritz Mendizabal kicked off at the perfect moment.
Hot favorite Nazeef struggled to pick up, but Audarya propelled the house under what was just a sleight of hand and heels at the end.
Fanshawe said, “I feel very relieved.
“I’ve always been biased because she has always been one of my favorites, but she was unlucky earlier in the year.
“She has no race at Kempton behind Nazeef and then the horses weren’t quite right when she ran to Pontefract.
“We ran her in the handicap at Newcastle last time to regain her confidence and she won.
“It’s a race we’ve been fortunate enough to win twice before so it was always on my mind and when we looked at other options for her there weren’t too many.
“Alison Swinburn, his owner, was keen to give him a try, so we did. I was concerned about the terrain, but it went so it’s great – Ioritz had a great race.
“She’s a big, strong filly who probably took a long time to recover.
“We’re going to take advantage of today before we think about the rest, but she doesn’t want to do more than 10 stages. She’s in the Prix de l’Opéra, so that would be the most obvious to aim for. “