Arc angel Trêve joins immortals (Racing Post)

Arc angel Trêve joins immortals (Racing Post)

05 October 2014

The best race in the world kept all his promises when crowing for the second time in a row the incredible champion Trêve. A double not realised since thirty five years for a colt and since eighty yers for a filly ! 

" Sent off at odds of 14-1 that would have been scarcely believable 12 months ago, Al Shaqab Racing's Trêve once again turned Longchamp's Gr.1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe into a procession to become only the seventh horse to win the great race twice, and the first since Alleged in 1978.
Unlike last year when she was trapped outside, the bay - who had been winless in three starts in 2014 - was buried on the rail throughout and it was clear in early stretch that Thierry Jarnet's only problem was when to let her fly. Striking the front passing the quarter pole, the filly who had looked a shadow of her former self when only fourth in the Gr.1 Prix Vermeille over this track and trip last time Sept. 14 reproduced her renowned dynamism to put her rivals to the sword. At the line, with her rider saluting the crowd, she had produced a remarkable career final with a comfortable two-length margin to spare over Flintshire, with Taghrooda one length behing in third. "With all the problems we have had, I found it tricky dealing with the people who said she should ne retired already", an emotional Criquette Head-Maarek commented. "Last year, I tought she would win, but this year I was coming with a filly who was not 100%. For me, she is a very special horse. Sheikh Joaan was very nice to me and never lost faith". (extract from TDN October 6)

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>> Watch the 2014 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe here

>> Relive this tremendous race here with the EBN

>> Arc day kaleidoscope by Equidia to watch here

>> Relive this day rich in emotion with France Sire here

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