Joan Of Arc provides yet more Classic glory for the incredible You'resothrilling
First stakes win for Cotai Glory on the Chantilly undercard
The astonishing record of Coolmore's broodmare You'resothrilling began to stretch credulity as Joan Of Arc became her third Classic winner in Sunday's Prix de Diane at Chantilly.
A Storm Cat sister to the 'Iron Horse' Giant's Causeway who was no slouch on the track herself, the 16-year-old also now has four Group 1 winners among her offspring and all seven of her Galileo-sired foals boast strong black type.
Even before an accomplished performance under Ioritz Mendizabal, Joan Of Arc had come out on top in the Group 3 Irish Guineas Trial and been picked off close home in the main event itself by her Aidan O'Brien stablemate Empress Josephine.
She joins siblings headed by Gleneagles, winner of the National Stakes, St James's Palace and two different Guineas as well as Marvellous, who took the Curragh fillies' Classic in 2014 and Moyglare and Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere victress Happily.
The US-bred You'resothrilling, one of a string of winners out of the Rahy mare Mariah's Storm who landed the old Cherry Hinton Stakes for O'Brien in 2007, has continued to visit Galileo in subsequent years. She has a two-year-old filly, recently named Toy, as her next one waiting in the wings.
#R1Chantilly #PrixdeDiane @Longines #Quinté— Equidia (@equidia) June 20, 2021
Encore une victoire de prestige pour Ioritz Mendizabal !
Joan of Arc remporte le Prix de Diane @Longines (Gr.1). Après le #Qatar #JockeyClub , le jockey basque brille dans le Diane, pour l'irlandais d'A.P O'Brien pic.twitter.com/7xKZuyspE4
For the Coolmore giant himself, it was a 91st individual Group 1 winner, following on from that of Empress Josephine over Joan Of Arc a month ago. It was Galileo's first success in the French Oaks since that of Golden Lilac a decade ago.
Tally-Ho's upwardly mobile Cotai Glory, who went very close to a first stakes winner on two occasions at Royal Ascot, struck instead on the glamorous Chantilly card.
His son Atomic Force strung out his rivals in the Group 3 Prix du Bois, with Kevin Ryan and Hambleton Racing's gelding adding to a prior victory at Hamilton by an impressive five lengths.
Ryan and his agent Stephen Hillen had acquired the youngster for £22,000 at the Goffs Sportsman's Sale.
Smart sprinter Cotai Glory has already fired out 11 individual winners in Europe including his Windsor Castle Stakes runner-up Dig Two, while Eldrickjones must be the best juvenile maiden in the country after his fine second to Berkshire Shadow in the Coventry.