Richard Fahey will not rush into making future plans for Wootton Bassett after his star performer lost his unbeaten record in the Poule d'Essai des Poulains at Longchamp.
The Iffraaj colt had been rerouted to France after failing to make the English 2000 Guineas at Newmarket at the start of the month, with a setback in early January meaning he missed a few weeks of work.
He was returning to the scene of his finest hour having given his trainer and champion jockey Paul Hanagan a first taste of Group One glory in Paris on Arc day last October and despite being drawn wide in stall 14, he was sent off a hot favourite.
With his hand slightly forced, Hanagan bounced Wootton Bassett out of the stalls and was able to tack right across to the rail.
But he was soon pulling for his head and that would ultimately cost him dear at the business end of the race.
The market leader still held the advantage turning into the straight, but he tired inside the last couple of furlongs and passed the post in fifth place.
Didier Guillemin's Tin Horse took the victory, quickening up well in the hands of Thierry Jarnet to get the better of the strong-travelling Havane Smoker.
Fahey said: ‘He's just run a bit fresh I'm afraid and done too much.
‘He might not have stayed as well, but I wouldn't like to condemn him on that score at the moment.
‘We watched the French 1000 Guineas and saw that anything that was dropped in had no chance, so we were trying to be positive on him.
‘We weren't thinking he had to make the running, but he's just taken off I'm afraid.
‘I'll have to get him home and watch the race again. The fractions were quite quick.
‘Paul knew they were going too quick, but the horse was just too well if that makes sense.
‘If we'd have had a prep run, it would have been easier, but with what happened early in the year, we missed that.
‘I'm not thinking about where he'll go next at the moment. I just want to get him home and we'll go from there.’
Andre Fabre's Golden Lilac maintained her unbeaten record with a superb performance in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches.
The daughter of Galileo showed an electric turn of foot to pick up pacemaker Glorious Sight in the final furlong and win as she liked.
Aidan O'Brien's Wild Wind stayed on to finish third, but British hopes Rimth, Sharnberry, Maqaasid and Godolphin inmate Zoowraa all failed to trouble the judge.
Crispin de Moubray, racing manager for winning owner Gestut Ammerland, said: ‘It was lucky after Lope De Vega won (last year's French 2000 Guineas).
‘It was a good result for the stud, which isn't the biggest, and all the team.
‘We'll have to see what happens but there is no reason why she can't go on to the Prix de Diane (French Oaks) and then the Arc.’
The overseas raiders fared better in the Prix de Saint-Georges as Inxile pipped compatriot Captain Dunne by the narrowest of margins.
Tim Easterby's Captain Dunne set a furious pace in the five-furlong Group Three and looked to have done enough, but the David Nicholls-trained Inxile nipped up the rail and was in front where it mattered.
‘When I first watched it I thought we'd nodded it, but then when I watched the other angle I thought we'd got nodded,’ said Nicholls.
‘It's difficult to tell at Longchamp as you're a long way away from the action, but thankfully he got there.
‘He's a grand horse. He's won a few Listed races and has now won a Group race, so it's good.
‘I'm not sure where he'll go next, we'll have a chat about it on the way home.
‘With a bit of luck, it would be nice to come back for the Prix de l'Abbaye on Arc day.’
The Elie Lellouche-trained Prairie Star and Christophe Soumillon beat Godolphin pair Grand Vent and Genius Beast to take the Prix Hocquart.
Soumillon told www.paris-turf.com: ‘He was always travelling well and when I asked him to go on, he pulled out five or six strides.
‘It was a good performance and he think he may be better over a mile and a half.’
Of Genius Beast, Godolphin manager racing manager Simon Crisford his operation’s official website: ‘Genius Beast obviously stays very well and will remain entered in everything.
‘But Sheikh Mohammed is leaning towards the Group Two King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot, though at this stage nothing is ruled in or out.’