Karakontie and Stephane Pasquier justified favouritism to deny Spanish challenger Noozhoh Canarias in the Prix Jean-Kuc Lagadere.
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Stephane Pasquier had to ask his mount a hard question or two inside the final furlong as Christophe Soumillon conjured a brave rally from the runner-up.
But the Jonathan Pease-trained winner - whose only defeat came at the hands of the Richard Hannon-trained Bunker at Deauville - was always just holding the edge and stayed on strongly to score at odds of 11/4 with the British bookmakers.
"I always hoped he was a good horse," said Pease. "He had to work a little harder and didn't quite show the brilliance that I was expecting, but he got the job done."
The winner was installed at 16/1 into the betting for next year's 2000 Guineas by Sky Bet.