Ross O’Sullivan believes lack of a recent run found out Baie Des Iles at Auteuil on Sunday.
The seven-year-old mare made her seasonal return in the Grade One Prix la Haye Jousselin – but finished last of seven behind the winner, Bipolaire.
“I’d say not having a prep run caught her out,” said O’Sullivan.
“She jumped great and travelled well – but unfortunately the ground has been too quick in Ireland, so we couldn’t get a run into her.
“She started to feel the pinch turning in and got tired – and in a Grade One you get found out.
“She’s 100 per cent this morning and is in great nick. If we’d got a run into her she’d have been a lot closer, but she still picked up enough prize money to cover the costs.
“We’ll look for a race around Christmas for her, at Leopardstown or Limerick – then there’s the National Trial at Punchestown in February.”
Further travels will then be on the agenda.
“She’ll be entered in the English and Irish Nationals, and we’ll head back to France in the spring,” added O’Sullivan.
“We’d beaten the winner before, but he was having his third run already. We had planned to run in a hurdle race – but I couldn’t run her on good to firm.
“If we’d got a run around three weeks before it would have left her spot on. But going for a Grade One without a run was too much.”