Cirrus only fifth in Deauville
Cirrus des Aigles again failed to fire as he trailed home fifth behind Tres Blue in the Grand Prix de Deauville.
The seven-year-old's reputation as one of the world's premier middle-distance performers sustained another sad blow in the process.
Sent off the 5/2 favourite with British bookmakers, Corine Barande-Barbe's Cirrus Des Aigles had taken this Group Two event a couple of years ago prior to his memorable Champion Stakes success at Ascot.
However a change of jockey - Christophe Soumillon taking the reins again instead of Olivier Peslier - and favourably rain-softened conditions failed to spark a revival and the seven-year-old again ran poorly and is still searching for a first victory of the year as he faded out of contention in the closing stages.
The winner, returned at 11/1 in Britain and representing Henri-Alex Pantall and Fabrice Veron, had won a Group Three over course and distance earlier in the month and poked his head in front on the line ahead of Godolphin's three-year-old Penglai Pavilion and the front-running Slow Pace.
First Mohican, trained by Lady Cecil and ridden by Tom Queally, was notably slowly away and never managed to land a blow from the rear division.