Treve retains Arc for France

October 07, 2013 09:54am
Treve Arc 615 X 400
Photo: Eclipse Sportswire - Bob Mayberger
Treve retained her unbeaten record as she stormed to a spellbinding success in the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe on Sunday at Longchamp.

A three year old daughter of Motivator, Treve was having just her fifth start on a racecourse and had been left without the services of Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani's retained rider, Frankie Dettori, after the well-known jockey was injured in a fall on Wednesday. However, with Thierry Jarnet called up to once again partner the filly he stormed to Prix de Diane victory aboard, there was very little concern over Treve's ability to perform to the best of her abilities.

Held up towards the rear of the pack, Treve made eyecatching progress under Jarnet as the field angled out of the false straight and towards the stands. Off of a pedestrian slow pace, Jarnet was switched on to the slow early fractions and ensure his mount was close enough to produce her best performance yet.

As the runners head into the stretch, the challenges of Orfevre and Kizuna began to come for Japan but the ominous sight of Treve cantering all over her rivals in a manner that Danedream would've been proud of provided the inevitable truth in the likely winner of the race.

As Jarnet unleashed the power of Treve the response was immediate, with the three year old filly powering clear to an easy five lengths success.

Orfevre performed creditibly behind, battling hard to repel the continual thrusting charge of Intello and hold on for second, but the Japanese runner would settle for second once again and could be no match for the French filly.

Kizuna, the Japanese Derby winner who seemed to be undone by the slow ground, finished well for fourth with Pengali Pavilion, Ruler of the World and Al Kazeem all performing well behind. 

Novellist was a scratch from the race on Saturday morning.

"The way she has won is brilliant," said winning trainer, Criquette Head-Maarek. "She is part of the family and is like a sister to me. I'd like to thank Frankie Dettori, I told him to give her an easy ride in her last race and to use no whip with the Arc in mind and he did, so to Frankie I send a big kiss."

"She never got any cover but no matter what numbers she faces and no matter the ground, it makes no difference.".

Treve was confirmed as being part of Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani's battlehand next year, with the filly retained to stay in training next season alongside Toronado. In an age where powerhouse stallion houses search for early retirement of their stallions and mares, the arrival of Sheikh Joaan is one of fresh air and fun.

Thierry Jarnet was also a winner of the next Group I race as Moonlight Cloud laughed in the face of her rivals with an astonishing final furlong dash from last to first to win the Prix de La Foret.

Trainer by the brother of Criquette Head-Maarek, Freddie Head, Moonlight Cloud is a possible to stay in training yet again next season.


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@amino998, lol
Criquette said that the post position was not detrimental to Treve because the race was 1m4f. At 1m she said it would have been more significant. Not at 1m4f. She knows Longchamp well
Still not what I call it, amino.
Still not what I call it, amino.
That post position angle meaning zip? I thought that Rachel Alexandra winning from the No. 13, for the first time in the history of the Preakness, or, Big Brown winning from the No. 20, for the first time in the history of the Kentucky Derby(both races are over 130 years old) were achievements that would go against that theory.
Your certainty amazes at times.
Since the post position continues to get more ngelible the longer the race, and racing is not that different, stats here, I am sure. transfer 10 to 20 feet mean zip after going that long a route
Regarding The Arc course?
I have tons of data from which I draw conslusions. Post them and their sources all the time
What a great performance! Trying to say who was best, Treve or Moonlight Cloud, is splitting hairs. Both were great!
Where would you be without your anecdotes, travel_vic?
More qualified, therefore more reliable opinionS than yours IMO.
more anectodal information
While true as a generalization, people much more familiar with Longchamp than you or I had a very different opinion.
At that distance, the post position is almost irrelevant
This filly could've broke from the parking lot and still had 3 lengths in hand over anything in the field. The first horse to win the Arc breaking from a double digit post position draw since Dalakhani did it back in 2003.
It would be wild though going with Posse members Jay and Laz, Jay would be pushing his boy WTC and I am sure ther would be A "BUZZ" in the air over Laz and willie. (sorry laz,had to make 1 more final crack about our boy LUIS)
MED= medium. If someone truly is interested in going down to see the horses up close and enjoy the event,all the power to them.Unfortunately or fortunately.Whatever side of the aisle one is on.That part hes been very low on my priority for going to the track. Maybe i take it for granted.That is why it wa so much fun watching Jenna,Lisa and Sword in the paddock area.They were loving it.I just wanted to be as far away from the crowds as possible.Unfortunately,my invite clearly states for one. In all respect to what you call my Harem or Posse.First dibs on a 2nd invite ,if it were there would be my brother.It would be fun to see SoCal boots revert back to a nicer persona. Bluegrass boots is to incgnito for me.
Flew up last year and had a great time. Wise Dan, up close and personal, was a sight to behold(er)! Ensconced within and flanked by the harem and posse, you should be safe and dry. Besides, the food and beverages were so spendy, the longest lines on the ground floor were at a drinking fountain {still haven’t seen one of those down here} :D >> Already started screening the “Shug wears a MED” shirts, how many will you need? ps- What does MED stand for?

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