Qemah struck a blow for France when running out an impressive winner of the Coronation Stakes.

Running in the Al Shaqab colours, those trained in France are ridden by Gregory Benoist and it was a first Royal Ascot winner for him.

Last seen finishing third in the French 1000 Guineas at Deauville, she clearly preferred the faster pace and softer ground on this occasion.

Jet Setting, winner of the Irish Guineas, tried to make all once more but a furlong and a half out she was running on empty.

Jean-Claude Rouget's Qemah (6-1) showed a smart turn of foot and soon shot clear and try as Nemoralia might, she could not catch the impressive winner, who scored by a length and a half.

Alice Springs and Ryan Moore, not for the first time this week, met plenty of trouble and flashed home for third.

Rouget was enjoying back-to-back wins in the race after the success of Ervedya 12 months ago.

Benoist said: "It's my first winner and first Group One in Royal Ascot. It's amazing for me - it's like a dream.

"Before the race we wanted to take a good position. The pace was a little bit fast for me, so I took my time.

"Last time, before the French Guineas, she was a little bit too excited before the start. Today she was relaxed, like me, and we won!"

The victory was a second Group One success of the week for Sheikh Joaan's Al Shaqab Racing operation following Galileo Gold's triumph in Tuesday's St James's Palace Stakes.

The owner's racing manager, Harry Herbert, said: "This is unbelievable - a second Group One winner - and this filly is a really brilliant filly.

"She was a little unlucky in the French Guineas when she ran too free, but today she's settled better and I'm delighted for Sheikh Joaan and Gregory Benoist, having his first winner at Royal Ascot.

"He's a star man to work with and I'm delighted for Jean-Claude, who is a brilliant trainer.

"It's another special moment. How spoiling is this?"

Rouget said: "I was very confident for this race after the French Guineas because I prefer her with a turn.

"She's a top-class filly. She was very nervous in Deauville and I don't think she ran the race she had to do. Today she ran the race and won easily.

"To me, to do the double in this race is a childhood dream.

"Today is done and I hope to get some more wins here as, for me, Ascot has the best racing in the world."

Nemoralia's trainer Jeremy Noseda said: "I'm delighted with her run. We took a chance on the ground and she ran great, so I can't complain.

"The conditions were what they were and she gave it her best shot to finish second. There'll be days for her on fast ground.

"We'll get her home and then make a decision about where we go from there."

Jockey Shane Foley said of Jet Setting, who dead-heated for sixth: "She jumped and travelled, but she didn't pick up that well.

"It might be that she's coming into season, while she had a tough race at the Curragh."