Free Wind overcame a troubled passage to land the guess365 Lancashire Oaks for jockey Robert Havlin and trainers John and Thady Gosden.
The four-year-old had been on a steep upward curve on the finish of final season and signed off with a seven-length win within the Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster.
Despatched off the 11-Four joint-favourite regardless of having her first run for 296 days, she seemed a bit of tapped for pace three furlongs out because the tempo quickened.
On the head of affairs was Jim Crowley on Roger Varian’s Group One winner Eshaada, however trying to poke up their inside was Havlin on the eventual winner.
Crowley’s mount moved again in direction of the rails although, inflicting Havlin to grab up on Free Wind, who gave the rails a hefty bump.
Eshaada additionally misplaced loads of momentum and that left William Haggas’ Sea La Rosa seemingly with the race at her mercy.
Free Wind was to not be denied although, and as soon as Havlin received her again on an excellent keel, she quickened up neatly to win by two and 1 / 4 lengths.