Magnificent Treve romps home in the Arc

09 Oct 2013 Comments 0


Thierry Jarnet salutes as Treve crossed the line in solitary splendour




She was a three-year-old filly, she had only had four starts and she was drawn out wide in barrier 15.  Not a promising start for the Criquette Head-Maarek trained Treve, but the filly had one thing in her favour, she did not know how to lose.


Regular pilot Thierry Jarnet was back in the saddle after Frankie Dettori, who was new owner Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani's stable jockey, broke his ankle. The filly cruised at the back of the field, until the approach to the home turn, where Jarnet pulled her wide and in a matter of strides she was up with the leaders.


Then Jarnet did the unthinkable, he sent Treve into the lead with more than 400m still to go. There was a collective gasp of despair from the crowd, surely he had just commited suicide on the brave filly. But Treve is not any filly, she is an unbeaten superstar.


The expected challenge from Japanese star Orfevre and French trained colt Intello came, but Treve simply changed gears and lengthened the gap even more. The official winning margin was 5 lengths, but had Jarnet actually bother to ask the filly to extend herself, it would have been more. What is even more extraordinary is Treve's finishing speed.


She completed the last 600m in a blistering 34.74, the fastest 600m on the day, faster even than the last 600m of the Group 1 Sprint, the Prix de l'Abbaye.  Head-Maarek confirmed that racing's newest superstar will remain in training next year and then casually suggested that there is still some improvement to come from the filly. What a mouth-watering prospect.



Treve parades before the running of the Arc






Treve passes the Longines clock on the way to victory




Jarnet salutes as Treve returns triumphant




Treve and Thierry Jarnet



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