Paris took centre-stage last weekend where the very best European horses competed in Longchamp for the ultimate in European horse racing honours - the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. This year brought us a spectacular display from the Criquette Head-Maarek-trained filly Treve.
Frankie Dettori had been booked to ride the filly as she is owned by his retained owner Sheikh Joaan Al Thani, but after the Italian broke his ankle in a fall at Nottingham that week, he was replaced by Thierry Jarnet, who had ridden the filly on three of her previous four victories.
In the early stages, any punters who were on Treve would have been concerned as she pulled very hard and raced wide throughout, factors which aren’t ideal in any race, never mind the Arc.
The filly raced just in front of the market-leading Japanese raider Orfevre for most of the contest, but Treve made a sweeping move at the top of the straight whilst her rival was caught in a pocket.
Treve stole a good few lengths on Orfevre before scorching clear in the final furlong.
It was a performance that ranks right amongst the best you will ever see, and the exciting thing is that she is going to stay in training next year with this race in mind again.
Freddy Head’s Moonlight Cloud was also a brilliant winner of the Prix de la Foret, again under Thierry Jarnet.
She came from last to first down the wide outside with a turn of foot to match Usain Bolt, to reel back Gordon Lord Byron, who is a proven Grade One performer himself.
Switching codes, AP McCoy is closing in on his 4000th winner, with only another 31 needed at time of writing.
The National Hunt racing season is just about to kick into gear with Chepstow’s opening jumps meeting taking place on Saturday.
This is the first meeting for jumps fans to really get their teeth stuck in to and is a meeting that is historically a benefit day for trainer Paul Nicholls. Regal Encore, who was second in the Cheltenham Bumper at the 2013 Festival, is entered to make his first hurdles start.
With the new National Hunt season beginning to get going, Doncaster Racecourse is launching a ‘jump racing only’ membership – which includes all National Hunt fixtures on Town Moor in the 2013-14 season.
Not only that, the membership includes access to all National Hunt racing meetings across the Arena Racing Company Group – even major meetings such as Chepstow’s Coral Welsh National, Uttoxeter’s Midlands National and Newcastle’s Stan James Fighting Fifth Hurdle are included in the membership.
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