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Treve retains Arc title

Treve defended her Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe title in fine style, confirming the faith that trainer Criquette Head-Maarek had shown in her star filly and proving the doubters wrong in the process. Treve was a brilliant winner 12 months ago and her victory today will have been just as sweet for connections after what has been a particularly testing season.


Since her victory last season, Treve had failed to win in three starts in this campaign, mainly owing to some training problems, back injuries and brittle feet. These struggles meant that the brilliant Motivator filly was sent off a general 11/1 shot for the World’s richest race, odds that she made a complete mockery of under a clever ride from the veteran Thierry Jarnet.


Jarnet had been given the ride over retained jockey Frankie Dettori at the behest of Head-Maarek and it proved a masterstroke by connections, with the jockey giving Treve a wonderful ride down the inside rail. Outsider Montviron had brought the field along from the off and was soon tracked by St Leger winner Kingston Hill who had done a fantastic job from his wide draw.


Treve was given an easy passage down the inside and she was still travelling sweetly down the false straight. With the field kicking off the rail on the turn in, a massive gap appeared for Jarnet and he was quick to grab this gift, moving Treve through the gears to head the field.


Oaks winner Taghrooda came with a gallant run down the outside, whilst Flintshire was also travelling strongly down the middle alongside Kingston Hill. Treve, though, found that turn of foot that had grabbed glory last year and quickly went clear, eventually finishing 2 lengths ahead of Flintshire, with Taghrooda a further 1 1/4 lengths back in third.


“When you bring your horse to the racecourse, it’s because you think you are going to win”, the winning trainer said afterwards. “But with all the problems we had everybody was very tricky with me because they said she shouldn’t run and she should go to stud.


“I have heard so many things but today she proved that she is coming back to her best. Last year I was bringing a horse that I felt would win but this year I was bringing a horse that was not 100% fit. When I saw her in the false straight I said she was going to win because she was going so easily.


“She has that fantastic turn of foot and that is what she did again. For me she is a very special horse.”


By Kevin Walsh / Photo: AP Photo/Christophe Ena


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