Oisin Murphy enjoyed his first Classic success yesterday when the Killarney native steered favourite Karpino to an emphatic victory in the German 2,000 Guineas.
Carrying the familiar colours of Sheikh Fahad's Pearl Bloodstock operation at Cologne, Karpino was bidding to make it three wins from as many starts for leading German trainer Andreas Wohler.
Rock Academy cut out much of the running before Karpino loomed ominously alongside early in the home straight and he quickly went clear once asked to extend by Murphy.
Marco Botti's raider Fanciful Angel ran a fine race to fill the runner-up spot in the hands of Frankie Dettori, but was no match for the impressive winner.
Unfortunately, the Ger Lyons-trained Cappella Sansevero had nowhere to go when being produced with his challenge by Colin Keane against the far rail and finished well down the field.
Karpino was quoted at 10/1 for the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, but the German colt would have to be supplemented for the Royal meeting and the owner's racing manager, David Redvers, said it was "unlikely" he would be added to the field at this stage.
Gailo Chop could be French trainer Antoine de Watrigant's first runner at the Royal meeting following his excellent effort in the Prix d'Ispahan at Longchamp.
The four-year-old could take on the likes of Al Kazeem and Free Eagle in the Prince of Wales's Stakes after he chased home Freddy Head's top-class Solow, also heading to Royal Ascot for the Queen Anne Stakes.
It was Gailo Chop's first start since he won a Group Three at Deauville last August, and De Watrigant is "excited" at the prospect of having a runner at the Royal meeting.
"It will be good for him," he said. "The distance of the race there is OK for him and I think Ascot is a good track."
After finishing last of four in the same race, Cirrus Des Aigles is unlikely to defend his crown in the Coronation Cup at Epsom.
Corine Barande-Barbe's veteran is reported to have broken his off-fore shoe in half and while he has not suffered any serious damage, the trainer is keen to bypass the Epsom feature and will instead target the gelding at the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on June 28.