Running against colts for the first time this year, the Aga Khan's filly recorded her third win at the highest level this season by a length from Akatea, while Karakontie finished the same distance back in third.
Settled on the rail by Soumillon behind Karakontie, with Wild Chief on her outside, this year's Poule d'Essai des Pouliches and Coronation Stakes winner showed her trademark impressive turn of foot in the latter stages just in time when a gap opened, going on to record a convincing victory from the fast-finishing Akatea.
Gregory Benoist was always stalking the leaders and, when he sent Maimara to the front inside the final two furlongs, the pair left Akatea
two and a half lengths in their wake with a further length and a quarter back to Moonlight In Paris.
Youngest crew was 18 year-old Australian, Cameron Johnston, on Kiwi entry, Akatea.
Five international crews; Ambersail, KLC Bengal Z Akatea, Rikki and a mainly French crew sailing Peugeot Surfrider.
As if to prove so, in March 2011, Akatea
took line honours in the NZ Round North Island Yacht Race.