O'Brien filly Found lands Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe success
Aidan O'Brien reflected on perhaps the greatest result of his incredible career after brilliant filly Found led home a one-two-three for the trainer in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
The Ballydoyle handler's standing as one of the sport's greatest of all time has long been assured, but even O'Brien himself admitted he could never have dreamt of enjoying such dominance in a single renewal of Europe's premier middle-distance contest.
Found is the best possible advert for his sensational training talents, with this her eighth outing of 2016 and sixth consecutive appearance at Group One level.
Having filled the runner-up spot in the previous five, last year's Breeders' Cup Turf heroine was a 6-1 shot to get back on the winning trail and she did so in sensational fashion on the grandest of stages.
Always travelling well under Ryan Moore, the four-year-old showed off her dazzling turn of foot in the straight and passed the post a length and three-quarters clear of King George-winning stablemate Highland Reel, with Gold Cup hero Order Of St George third.
Postponed, previously unbeaten since joining Roger Varian and so impressive in the Juddmonte International when last seen, was all the rage as the 15-8 favourite, but could not pick up and finished fifth.
O'Brien said: "I'm so delighted for everyone. It's a big team effort.
"It's a privilege to be here and be part of it. How can you see anything higher (in his career) than this?
"I couldn't dream this would happen. You know how difficult the Arc is.
"We've had our eye on this for a long time. When Ryan rode her as a two-year-old and said she could win an Arc - he was obviously right."