CALL The Wind took a step up in both class and trip in his stride as he claimed victory in the Group 1 Prix du Cadran at ParisLongchamp.
The four-year-old, who had never run over further than a mile and six furlongs before, stayed on dourly to win the two-and-a-half-mile feature for Freddy Head.
The favourite, Holdthasigreen, made a bold bid from the front and briefly looked to have his rivals in a spot of bother. However, on entering the final furlong, Call The Wind began to motor home under Aurelien Lemaitre while Maxime Guyon was flying from the rear on Andre Fabre’s Morgan Le Faye.
As Morgan Le Faye’s effort began to falter, Call The Wind kept on galloping to take the honours, with Holdthasisgreen not too far away in third.
Willie Mullins’ Max Dynamite and Montaly from Andrew Balding’s yard were both ultimately well beaten.
Head said: “He did stay, he was fantastic today. He was a bit keen, the pace was slow, I didn’t like the way he was moving, but the jockey did a good job to get him to relax. He then showed he was a fighter, he put his heart on the line.
“The dam has produced three Group 1 winners now (With You and We Are). We’ll have to think about Ascot (Gold Cup) next year.”