At Deauville in France, former European Champion 1st Season Sire & shuttler Invincible Spirit (Green Desert-Rafha, by Kris) celebrated an elite success when 5YO Irish-bred gelding Signs Of Blessing (Invincible Spirit-Sun Bittern, by Seeking the Gold) scored by 1.25-lengths for trainer Francois Rohaut in the Gr1 Prix Maurice de Gheest (6.5 furlongs) for 3YO+, over 3YO Irish-bred colt Donjuan Triumphant (Dream Ahead-Mathuna, by Tagula) & 3YO French-bred colt Jimmy Two Times (Kendargent-Steel Woman, by Anabaa). Having his first run since finishing third behind Twilight Son in the Gr1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, Signs Of Blessing improved his record to 8 wins (including the Gr3 Baden-Baden Goldene Peitsche) and 4 placings from 19 starts. "The horse confirmed our judgement was correct with his good run at Ascot and has done well since then," trainer Francois Rohaut told Sky Sports. "Today he was able to quicken again from the front and when he does that it takes a good horse to get past him. Sprinters like this get stronger as they get older." He added: "If the ground is good he'll go for the big sprint at Ascot [Gr1 Champions Sprint]and then on to Hong Kong."
On day five of the Royal Ascot carnival in England, 4YO UK-bred entire Twilight Son (Kyllachy-Twilight Mistress, by Bin Ajwaad) landed the second top-flight victory of his career when scoring by a neck for trainer Henry Candy in the Gr1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (6 furlongs) for 3YO+, over 7YO Irish-bred gelding Gold-Fun (Le Vie Dei Colori-Goodwood March, by Foxhound) & 5YO Irish-bred gelding Signs Of Blessing (Invincible Spirit-Sun Bittern, by Seeking the Gold). Twilight Son improved his impressive record to 6 wins (including the Gr1 Haydock Sprint Cup) and 1 placing (the Gr1 British Champions Sprint Stakes) from 8 starts for £725,151 earnings. Trainer Henry Candy, celebrating his first Royal Ascot winner since 1979, commented: "I never come here thinking I'm going to have a winner. We've been close a few times and it's marvellous to get the job done finally," he said. "He (Twilight Son) is a strong character...At one stage I was thinking he was going to be third, but he really dug deep and the jockey on top dug deep."