Subjectivist put up a fine frontrunning performance to land the Prix Royal-Oak at Longchamp and complete a memorable weekend for the Mark Johnston stable.
The victory was the second leg of a Group One double for the Middleham yard after the success of Gear Up in the Criterium de Saint-Cloud 24 hours earlier.
Seventh in the St Leger at Doncaster on his previous start after pulling too hard for much of the trip, Subjectivist made all the running over just short of two miles in the hands of Joe Fanning.
The son of Teofilo had to dig deep to keep his rivals at bay and was not helped by hanging to the left in the straight, with it later transpiring a front shoe had come loose. It failed to stop him, however, as he kept on stoutly to beat Valia by two lengths.
Holdthasigreen, the winner in 2018, took the third spot he also occupied last year, while Tony Mullins' Irish raider Princess Zoe was fourth, never really looking like repeating her victory in the Prix du Cadran of three weeks earlier.
✨Subjectivist ✨ triomphe dans le Prix Royal-Oak à @paris_longchamp !— Equidia (@equidia) October 25, 2020
Le protégé de @Johnston_Racing offre un premier Groupe I en France à son jockey, Joe Fanning.
🥉 Holdthasigreen pic.twitter.com/OOY78CSXfg
"It was absolutely brilliant and I’m over the moon for everybody involved," said Charlie Johnston, assistant to his father.
"Plan A had been to go to Ascot for the champions stayers’, but when we saw Stradivarius and a few others were declared we thought we’d reroute to France – the added bonus being it’s a Group One. We felt it was going to be a weaker race and it proved to be the right decision.
"The lad who led him up said he was quite fresh in the paddock and Joe said he was quite keen on the way down to the start. I think he benefited from being that bit fresher.
"Having a slightly longer break was good for the horse and also the ground is a real positive for him and a real stamina test over this trip has helped as well."
Johnston pointed towards the Derby at Epsom as Gear Up’s main objective in 2021.
"Gear Up was one of six yearlings we bought for the Teme Valley syndicate, who wanted to buy a horse to go and win the Derby," he said.
"We’ve got a Group One-winning two-year-old now and it looks like the Derby is going to be his principal target for the first half of the year.
"When you’ve won a Group One at two in many ways the options are few and far between in the first half of the year.
"There’s a lot of water to run under the bridge between now and then, but the obvious plan for him next year would be the Dante, then the Derby."