Elusive Kate Wires Field in Rothschild Romp

British-based filly gets second group I victory for John Gosden July 29 at Deauville.

Great Britain-based Elusive Kate showed her affinity for French racecourses as she notched her second group I victory with a decisive 1 3/4-length win in the Prix Rothschild (Fr-I) at Deauville July 29.

The 3-year-old daughter of Elusive Quality also won the Prix Marcel Boussac (Fr-I) last year at Longchamp. She provided yet more group I glory this season for the red-hot duo of trainer John Gosden and jockey William Buick, who now have teamed for five wins at the highest level. Four of the wins have come this month.

A small but quality field of five fillies and mares lined up for the Rothschild, which was being run for the first time in several years without the presence of Goldikova, winner of the past four renewals.

The competition was led by three-time group I winner Golden Lilac. The Andre Fabre-trained filly was trying to bounce back from a poor showing in the Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes (Eng-I) two weeks ago, where she finished ninth as the favorite. Also in the field was Immortal Verse, who was making her first start of the year. The Robert Collet trainee had a banner year in 2011, winning two group I races including the Prix Jacques Le Marois (Fr-I) in which she defeated Goldikova.

Others lining up were the Aga Khan’s Sagawara, winner of the Prix Saint-Alary (Fr-I), and Mashoora, who was making just her second foray into group I company.

Elusive Kate, in her second start of the season, looked to build off her sharp second-place finish in the Falmouth in her last start.

The Rothschild was over pretty much at the start, as Elusive Kate popped sharply out of the gate and was sent straight to the front by Buick. The duo made every post a winning one and accelerated away from the field with three furlongs to go to win easily.

Golden Lilac made a belated bid under Maxime Guyon but had to settle for second, with Mashoora another 2 1/2 lengths farther back in third.

Final time for the eight furlongs was 1:37.40 over the good turf course.

After the race Buick told reporters, “She did it well, everything went to plan and she showed a real good turn of foot. She likes it here and she likes that rail.”

Elusive Kate is owned by Teruya Yoshida, who bought her privately late last year. Elusive Kate was bred in Kentucky by Clovelly Farms, and was sold to Blandford Bloodstock for $70,000 at the 2010 Keeneland September yearling sale. She was originally campaigned by the partnership of Rachel Hood and Robert and Janice McNair.

Elusive Kate is out of the winning Lemon Drop Kid  mare Gout de Terroir, who is a half-sister to Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) and Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) winner, Pleasantly Perfect. Elusive Kate ran eighth in last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IIT).