American-bred Vangelis got a well-timed ride from leading French jockey Christophe Soumillon to win the Prix d'Harcourt (Fr-II) for older horses at 1 1/4 miles at Longchamp Sunday.
The son of Highest Honor, bred by Gainesway Thoroughbreds, et al, made steady progress on the outside, passing the leaders Execute and Nysaean 150 yards from the wire, He defeated Execute by three-quarters of a length. Short Pause edged Nysaean by a half-length for third.
Vangelis, at odds of 10-1, was timed in 2:02.6 on good to soft going for trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre. Eight runners started.
The winner is owned by California-based bloodstock agent Herbert Guy, who told The Racing Post
, "Our long-term target is the Arlington Million. He was very unlucky in the race a year ago. Before he will have one or two more runs in France."
Guy bought Vangelis, who won the Grand Prix de Vichy (Fr-III) last year, in January.
Gary Stevens won his first race of the season in France earlier on the card aboard Grey Lilas in the Prix du Louvre.