Chriselliam, trained by Charlie Hills and ridden by Richard Hughes, was tremendously impressive in winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita.
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A surprise 28/1 winner of the Fillies' Mile at Newmarket, the daughter of Iffraaj showed that Group One success to be no fluke, travelling smoothly all the way and rocketing clear once Hughes pressed the button.
Testa Rossi was second but the winner was never in any danger, looking better the further she went.
It was a first all round as a maiden Breeders' Cup winner for Hills and Hughes, and Chriselliam is part-owned by former jockey Willie Carson, who endured Breeders' Cup heartache in 1990 when Dayjur jumped a shadow under Carson and forfeited victory at the meeting.
Chriselliam was purchased at the Newmarket sales when Chris Wright, in whose colours she runs, was having lunch with Carson and persuaded him to buy her.
It was a first Breeders' Cup win at the first attempt for Hills, whose father Barry never won at the meeting.
In his first full year as a trainer, Hills said: "This is the icing on the cake for a great year.
"We've known she was talented for a long time and you get everything from her as she travels and picks up with a great turn of foot.
"It's not often that you see anyone take a pull halfway down the straight in a Breeders' Cup race, but that's what Hughesie did. After she won at Newmarket it sounded silly to leave her in her box and here we are. I can't wait to take her home and train her for the 1000 Guineas next year (for which she is favourite).
"She was sensational today and travelled round there like a true professional. She flew across the line and I couldn't be more pleased with her.
"The more racing she has had, the more she has learned what she is about. She's put it all together again today and shown a great turn of foot."
Hughes, who had a nightmare journey on Sky Lantern in this race 12 months ago, will depart for Australia to take the ride on Simenon for Willie Mullins in the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday.
He said: "It all went to plan. On the bottom turn I needed to gain half a length and she is so electric she did that instantaneously. Through the year she has shown her talent both at home and on the track and I was full of expectation for today.
"I rode her up the inner where you always need that extra bit of luck, but I was never going to change my plan on that score.
"I really fancied this filly, she goes on the firm ground really well and she has loads of speed and that's what you need here.
"Charlie left it to me and said 'Go out and enjoy yourself' - and you can ride a nicer race straight away when you are doing that."
An overjoyed Carson commented: "I wasn't thinking of Dayjur when I saw Hughesie turning for home with a ton of filly under him. We've always known this filly was good and I did gamble her once, when she ran poorly in France - I was banging my head against the plane window on the way back that night.
"It's bloody marvellous, what else can you say? We were drawn in the middle of the pack and Hughesie had to overcome that. My early thoughts were 'I do hope he gets a clean run' but in the end it worked out perfectly.
"This is a very special filly and everyone who has ridden her has kept saying how special she is.
"To own a Breeders' Cup winner is much better than riding one. When you are standing up in those boxes, it's a nervous time. I understand now what owners go through."
Connections were presented with the winning trophy by Hollywood actress Bo Derek.
Olivier Peslier, rider of unplaced favourite Vorda, said: "I think it was the pace of the race and the ground that counted against her. She would have been happier if they had gone faster, while the going was totally different to when she won at Newmarket (Cheveley Park Stakes)."