Trained by Freddie Head, Moonlight Cloud was completing a memorable day for veteran jockey Thierry Jarnet after his Arc win on Treve, trained by Head’s sister, Criquette.
Much like Treve, Moonlight Cloud came with a late burst to capture the prize but her acceleration was truly jaw-dropping as she easily caught and overtook the front-running Gordon Lord Byron, who was trying to defend his Foret title. However, the Haydock Sprint Cup winner had no answer to Moonlight Cloud’s change of gear and she ran out an easy three-length winner with Gordon Lord Byron fending off Garswood by a head for the runner-up prize.
Head said: “I knew she was very well and if it all went well she would be hard to beat. For the moment, we have no plans. Of course I’d love her to stay in training, but at six? Who knows, nothing is definite.
“Thierry said she never had a hard race so maybe she would be as good at six as she is at five. If she ran again it would be over a mile in Hong Kong, Mr (George) Strawbridge (owner) is not keen on going to Santa Anita.”
Dalkala and Tasaday fought out a thrilling finish to the Prix de l’Opera Longines with the former prevailing by a nose.
Trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre, Dalkala was produced in the dying strides by Christophe Soumillon and despite Tasaday’s best efforts she was just edged out. British raider Thistle Bird finished third for Roger Charlton in what was her final career start.
Royer-Dupre said: “She’s a very experienced filly and she tries as hard as she can. She’s quite a complicated filly, and taking her by plane to the Breeders’ Cup would be a big risk for her.”
Indonesienne was another to finish with a late rattle to deny the front-running Lesstalk In Paris by three-quaters of a length in the Total Prix Marcel Boussac. The Charlie Hills-trained Queen Catrine was third but Richard Fahey’s Sandiva struggled to make her mark on what appeared to be quite testing ground.
Ferland was gaining consolation after Chalnetta was disqualfied from first place in Saturday’s Prix Royallieu.
He said: “She was obviously beaten by a very good filly (Oh So Sharp Stakes winner Miss France) last time. I worked her eight days ago, she went very well, but the filly she worked with ran badly at Chantilly last week so I was a bit up and down today. She will go back to the stud for a break now and will come back next season.”
The Jonathan Pease-trained Karakontie dug deep to see off Spanish raider Noozhoh Canarias in the Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere.
Partnered by Stephane Pasquier, Karakontie emerged a three-quarter-length winner while Richard Hannon’s Barley Mow failed to fire and finished out of the frame.
Alan Cooper, racing manager for winning owners the Niarchos family, said: “He has won here twice, so you would imagine you would look at the Poulains, but it’s too early to say and Stephane said he is better at a mile than seven furlongs.
“I would think he’ll have a trial next season, and then go for a Classic somewhere.
“He is qualified for the Breeders’ Cup but Jonathan felt he’s had a hard race today. He’s a horse who can develop over the winter and the thought is to keep him for next year now.”
Tac De Boistron had to settle for second in the final Group One event of the day, the Prix du Cadran over two and a half miles. The British contingent had to be content with minor honours as the Marco Botti-trained grey was outstayed by Andreas Wohler’s Altano in the marathon event. Wohler said: “When he ran in Gold Cup (at Royal Ascot) and Goodwood Cup the ground was too fast for him but he really enjoyed the going out there today.”