Alain de Royer-Dupre enjoyed another successful trip to York when Dalkala ran out a comfortable winner of the Betfred Middleton Stakes.
Having plundered one of the biggest prizes on the Knavesmire last year when Shareta won the Yorkshire Oaks, Dalkala still has some improving to do to be mentioned in the same breath as her but she is going the right way.
Indeed, she could attempt to emulate her esteemed stable companion by winning the Yorkshire Oaks herself later in the season.
The Aga Khan-owned filly always looked in command under Christophe Lemaire and those who backed her at 2-1 could rest easy from some way out as she beat Ambivalent by a length.
"I know she is a good filly and she'd had a preparation race. She was fit and has done it well," said De Royer-Dupre.
"Maybe the jockey came too early, but she stays and she never stops.
"In France we have the problem of races with no pace and with this kind of filly it is very difficult.
"There was a normal gallop and it was easier to make the difference."