Circus Maximus denied Romanised a large French double in ParisLongchamp in a outcome into the Prix du Moulin.
A thing of a surprise winner at Royal Ascot in June, because then Circus Maximus has finished second in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood before failing to see 10 furlongs in York .
Back above a mile this time, he seemed much more at home and hauled under Ryan Moore well into the race.
Entering the last furlong it was clear since Marois winner Romanised and Billy Lee joined Circus Maximus at the head of events, the two Irish raiders were moving much better than anything else.
Circus Maximus started to get on top, with Aidan O’Brien’s colt although the winner did drift running in the Ken Condon-trained Romanised on gamely.
It was not long until the placings were confirmed, although that prompted the stewards to predict an inquiry.
Another good race Of Duty conducted just behind in third.