As if to distract attention from the champion who has usurped the memory of Zarkava, the Aga Khan had a spree of winners a year after his filly produced her own outstanding Arc performance. Four Group One winners yesterday supplemented a treble on Saturday, when Varenar shocked Goldikova in the Prix de la Forêt.
Alandi completed the perfect afternoon for John Oxx, who supervises the Aga Khan's Irish string as well as Sea The Stars, with a game success in the Prix du Cadran.
The other three races were won by local trainers, Mikel Delzangles saddling Shalanaya to win the Prix de l'Opera, and Alain de Royer-Dupre producing Rosanara and Siyouni to win the juvenile prizes for fillies and colts respectively. Both seem likely to return here next spring for their relevant mile Classics.
Rosanara was ridden by Christophe Soumillon, who had astonished everyone on Saturday by his sudden return from a broken elbow.
The only British trainer to plunder a prize was Stan Moore, who won the Prix de l'Abbaye with Total Gallery – rated by Johnny Murtagh the best sprinter he has ridden since Namid, the colt's sire, won this race in 2000.