Voix de Nord came back from an injury that caused trainer David Smaga serious worry to win a thrilling Prix Lupin (Fr-I) by a nose over Millemix at Longchamp Sunday.
The French-bred 3-year-old colt by Valanour, who was ridden Sunday by Dominique Boeuf, colt now boasts back-to-back group I wins after capturing the Criterium de Saint-Clouds in November.
Voix de Nord overcame a foot injury while winning last month's Prix Noailles and was questionable for Sunday's 10 1/2-furlong event.
"For seven days it was very difficult," Smaga told The Racing Post
. "I checked him every night hoping that he had improved but he was just getting more and more lame and I really thought that his spring was finished. To win after that shows he has the mark of a champion - I think he's a great horse."
He won a duel of bobbing heads after collaring Millemix in the final 150 yards. The two expect to meet again in the French Derby.
Two lengths behind was Valixir.
The time was 2:08.5 on good to soft going. Only five competed, with Ballydoyle's Esperanto fourth and Alcinos trailing.