Ice Breeze held on gamely through the final 200 meters in the Oct. 22 Prix Royal-Oak (G1) at Saint-Cloud, turning back Vazirabad's bid to land the race for an unprecedented third straight year.
Vazirabad came to nearly even terms with Ice Breeze but could not sustain the bid and Ice Breeze, who put in a final surge for jockey Vincent Cheminaud and won by 1 1/4 lengths. It was another two lengths back to Holdthasigreen in third.
The Pascal Bary-trained Ice Breeze, a 3-year-old Juddmonte Farms homebred by Nayef out of the Dansili mare Winter Silence, covered 3,100 meters (about 1 mile and 7 1/2 furlongs), in 3:25.40 over turf rated good to soft.
It was his second straight win, following the Qatar Prix Chaudenay (G2) at Chantilly Sept. 30 against fellow 3-year-olds. Two weeks before that, he was a well-beaten fourth in the Qatar Prix Neil (G2), the race Cracksman used as preparation for his imposing victory in the Oct. 21 QIPCO Champion Stakes (G1) at Ascot.
Vazirabad, a 5-year-old Manduro gelding racing in the Aga Khan's colors for trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre, came to the Royal-Oak as the winner of four straight races dating back to the Dubai Gold Cup Sponsored by Al Tayer Motors (G2) at Meydan Racecourse on World Cup night March 25.