Yorkshire's John Quinn proved right after latest Signora Cabello triumph

ROYAL ASCOT heroine Signora Cabello vindicated North Yorkshire trainer John Quinn by landing the Group Two Darley Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte.

Yorkshire trainer John Quinn. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

Settrington-based Quinn opted for this test rather than Saturday’s Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury and the two-year-old dug deep to secure the win.

Ridden by Frankie Dettori, the Queen Mary Stakes winner passed the post first just ahead of the previously unbeaten Sexy Metro.

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Robert Cowell’s Pocket Dynamo took the five-strong field along with Signora Cabello close up and the other three horses tightly-grouped.

Signora Cabello hit the front in the final furlong and kept on gamely to hold Sexy Metro by a neck. True Mason, trained at Leyburn by Karl Burke, was three-quarters of a length away in third.

On a good day for Yorkshire’s international raiders, there was success for the Burke team when Havana Grey returned to his best form to land the Group Two Sapphire Stakes at the Curragh under PJ McDonald.

The sprinter is now a contender for York’s Nunthorpe Stakes next month and McDonald said: “It wasn’t really a surprise because we always knew the ability was there.

“For some reason or another, he just wasn’t firing early on in the year.”

Bit Of A Quirke attempts to extend his electric run of winning form when he returns to his beloved Beverley tonight as part of the Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival.

Trained by Mark Walford in Sherriff Hutton, North Yorkshire, the five-year-old chestnut is seeking a five-timer in the George Kilburn Memorial Handicap.

Bit Of A Quirke’s winning streak started on June 9 when he struck at Beverley over the same mile-and-a-quarter trip.

He then rattled off a Beverley treble before claiming a first career victory away from the East Yorkshire circuit at Chester on July 14.

Regular jockey Andrew Mullen said: “The winning run will have to end at some stage, but he’s in real good order.”

The aptly-named Hairdryer, co-owned by Sir Alex Ferguson, provided the former Manchester United manager with a victory at Lingfield under Oisin Murphy. Sir Alex, recovering from serious illness, was known to give under-performing players the ‘hairdryer’ treatment when he ruled Old Trafford.

My Renaissance recorded his eighth career victory when winning at Cartmel for Guiseley trainer Samantha England and her husband Jonathan who was in the saddle.