Aquarelliste improved her career record to five wins from six starts with a half-length win over Execute in the Prix Ganay (Fr-I) on Sunday at Longchamp. Under Dominique Boeuf, the French-bred filly completed the 10 1/2 furlongs in 2:11.4 on good turf at the French track.
Alec Wildenstein's Aquarelliste's lone career loss came at the hands of Sakhee in last year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I), in which she finished second. The daughter of Danehill earned her first win against males in Sunday's race. Last year, the Elie Lellouche trainee won two grade I races -- the Prix de Diane Hermes--French Oaks and the Prix Vermeille.
"I couldn't be more pleased with her she looks a real champion," Wildenstein told Racing Post. "Look at how she's grown, an inch and a quarter over the winter, she stands out against the 4-year-old colts that were running against her today."
Execute finished 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Sensible, with Idaho Quest fourth. French Derby (Fr-I) winner Anabaa Blue came home fifth after leading most of the way. Jomana was sixth. Sagacity, third in last year's Arc de Triomphe and a half-brother of Arc de Triomphe winner Sagamix, refused to race after veering to the left shortly after the start of the race. Rebelline, who handed Johannesburg his lone career defeat in her last race, was scratched.
Aquarelliste is out of French group III winner and French Oaks third-place finisher Agathe, by Manila. Her second dam, Albertine, produced Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Arcangues.