Study Of Man succeeded where Saxon Warrior had failed in providing Japanese phenomenon Deep Impact with a Derby winner and a horse who could be a flagbearer for the second half of the season in the Group 1 Qipco Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly on Sunday.
In doing so he handed the Niarchos family a second Classic in seven days, following the Irish 1,000 Guineas triumph of Alpha Centauri who, like Study Of Man, is a direct descendant of Miesque.
Study Of Man's half-length defeat of Patascoy provided jockey Stephane Pasquier with a first success in the Qipco Prix du Jockey Club, while trainer Pascal Bary equalled the record of Alain de Royer-Dupre with a sixth win in the race.
Connections will be in no rush to plot any kind of campaign for Study Of Man after three races this spring, but Niarchos racing manager Alan Cooper suggested the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe – for which he is now priced at between 10-1 and 20-1 – would come under serious consideration.
"I can’t say it’s the race we're definitely going to go for but Stephane did say months ago this horse could be a good one for Longchamp in the first week of October," said Cooper.
Pasquier, who had to survive a stewards' inquiry after straying off a true line up the straight, believes a step up to a mile and a half will be well within his partner's range.
"I had to be a bit more aggressive than I'd have liked from the start because it was quite a rough race," said Pasquier. "That’s why I had to force things more than in the Prix Greffulhe.
"I think over 2,400 metres [a mile and a half] with a decent pace he could be ridden more quietly, which would give him a better chance to produce that acceleration of his."
Bary was choked with emotion in the post-race press conference as he recounted the qualities that had marked the colt out from the start.
"Ever since he arrived in the yard he's been a fantastic horse because he understands everything," said Bary. "He does everything well and, everything we ask of him, he does just that bit better than we expect. To train him is a dream."
An equally emotional Electra Niarchos added: "Pascal has always believed in this horse. When we won the Diane with Senga last year Pascal was already talking about Study Of Man."
Bary was sticking to his long-term belief that his prize pupil retains the speed and brilliance of his maternal origins, a key part in the team decision to come here rather than take up the Derby challenge 24 hours earlier at Epsom.
"The horse has more of a miler's pedigree than for a mile and a half, and if we're going to go up to that trip we had to do it progressively," said Bary.
"He's a young horse who'd run only three, and now four, times and so you mustn’t ask the impossible straight away. I remember when Francois Boutin trained Miesque, the only time she was beaten was when he stepped her up to 2,100 metres."
In behind it was a case of what might have been, with favourite Olmedo fading out of a prominent position in the straight and Hey Gaman, his nearest pursuer in the Poule d'Essai, cracking in the final half-furlong to finish seventh.
"He likes to be up there naturally, and with 16 runners and a couple of Coolmore pacemakers up their early on, when he got challenged in the straight he just got found out for stamina," trainer James Tate said of Hey Gaman.
"We'll think about it and look at a mile or an easier mile and a quarter than this, but he's run a good race."
Handicappers will quibble with the form of the placed horses, with third and fourth home Louis D'Or and Intellogent not among the favourites.
But Xavier Thomas-Demeaulte was full of admiration for Patascoy, who was trapped wide under Mickael Barzalona the whole way but stuck on all the way to the line.
"He's run a brilliant race despite the handicap of a high draw and he showed what a fighter he is at the finish," said Thomas-Demeaulte. "It's wonderful for a small stable like ours."