Danceteria (Image: Racing Post)

Cox Plate candidate wins in France

An Australian-owned four-year-old gelding will follow in the hoofprints of last year's Cox Plate runner-up Benbatl after winning his first Group race in France on Monday.

Australian Bloodstock have a controlling stake in Danceteria, winner of the G3 La Coupe (2000m) at ParisLongchamp.

Danceteria settled towards the rear of the field and was produced widest of all in the straight under Jamie Spencer before winning by a length from the Godolphin-owned pair Soleil Marin and Spotify.

Danceteria is trained by David Menuisier, a Frenchman who is based in West Sussex in England.

"I do not come to France often, but always with winning chances," Menuisier told Jour de Galop.

WATCH: Danceteria win La Coupe at ParisLongchamp

Danceteria's victory in the La Coupe came at his third start of the year. He won the €52,000 ($85,000) Listed Prix Jacques Laffitte (1800m) at Maisons Laffitte on April 10 before finishing third in the £70,000 ($128,000) G3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes (2002m) at Sandown on May 23.

"When he won at Maisons-Laffitte, he was not 100 per cent and still had his winter coat," Menuisier said.

"A sale was underway and I could not really work it as I pleased. Australian Bloodstock has bought a majority stake in Danceteria, which is still partly owned by his original owner, Clive Washbourn.

"He is a very good horse. He is a Group 1 horse."

Three of the past 10 winners of the La Coupe have then contested the G1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (2400m) in early July.

However, Danceteria will have his next start in the €155,000 ($250,000) G1 Grosser Dallmayr-Preis - Bayerisches Zuchtrennen (2000m) at Munich on July 20, a race Benbatl won last year.

Jamie Lovett, co-director of Australian Bloodstock, told that Spencer was impressed with Danceteria's performance.

"He got back in a slowly-run race, gave them a start and a beating whilst displaying a nice turn of foot," Lovett said.

"That victory overnight suggests he would be competitive if he were to travel to Australia and races like the Cox Plate enter your mind. But we'll get through his next run in Germany and then decide from there.

"If he were to win the race in Germany he might even get an invite for the Cox Plate."

Danceteria has raced 14 times for six wins and two thirds. The son of Redoute's Choice was placed just once from his first four starts in England before being gelded halfway through his three-year-old season and winning six of his following 10 outings.