SO it wasn’t to be. The deflation of those final yards of the Arc were all the harder to take because for a few seconds, it had looked like history might be made when Enable went ahead by over two lengths last Sunday.

The opinion was in some quarters that Waldgeist didn’t get the credit he deserved but when you look at his record against Enable, it was hard not to think that fortune went in his favour this time. Had the winning colt been Japan or Scotsass, we might have felt a little better in that she was been by a great colt. Instead Waldgeist felt like a spoiler rather than a great winner.