Sprinter Sacre was often referred to as "the hype horse" during the buildup to this week's Festival but his astonishing performance in winning the Arkle Trophy suggested that, if anything, his ability has been understated.
The presence of the Rugby Football Union's chief executive, Ian Ritchie, at the team hotel in Bagshot on Tuesday has further stoked speculation that England's search for a permanent head coach is nearing its conclusion.
"It's a bit like being a decent tennis player and you end up playing for real on Centre Court at Wimbledon," Sam Waley-Cohen says as he tries to explain how it feels, as an amateur jockey, to be defending the Gold Cup he won on Long Run at Cheltenham last year.
Stuart Lancaster has been told by the Rugby Football Union's chief executive, Ian Ritchie, that England's stirring win in Paris will not guarantee him the role of permanent head coach.
After what England achieved in Paris on Sunday, the Rugby Football Union can save itself a lot of time, trouble and money.
It was only last month that Mo Farah admitted he had no idea when the Olympics started.