FRENCH racegoers were denied the fond farewell they were hoping for in the Prix de la Foret as the great Goldikova was touched off by Dream Ahead (David Simcock/William Buick), who landed the fifth Group 1 of his career after a thrilling finish.
The son of Diktat will not race next season and may haverun his last race.
Owner Khalifa Dasmal has sold part of him to American investment group SF Bloodstock and Ballylinch Stud, whose manager John O'Connor said: "We'll now have a discussion. It's likely that was his final race, but nothing is certain as the horse is fairly fresh, sound and at the peak of his form.
"He won't race next season, but he does have options this year like the Breeders' Cup and Hong Kong so we'll see."