There is an old adage in racing which decrees “they never come back.” However, that conventional wisdom was well and truly blown away at Longchamp on Sunday, October 5th, when Treve landed her second Group One Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in tremendous fashion.
The four-year-old Motivator filly, trained by Criquette Head-Maarek for Al Shaqab Racing, became only the seventh dual winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the first since Alleged in 1977 /1978.
Treve scooped the Cartier Horse of the Year and Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly Awards in 2013 after a tremendous unbeaten year.
She had not been seen at her best in her three previous runs this year, but was the impressive two-length scorer in Europe’s premier all-aged middle-distance contest, which offers more prize money than any other turf race in the world.
She now has 84 points in the latest standings for the Cartier Racing Awards, entering the top 10 for both the Cartier Horse Of The Year and Cartier Older Horse Awards. Whether she wins the ultimate accolade again will depend on public votes and the views of the Cartier panel of journalists.
The Cartier Racing Awards honour the champions of European horseracing and will be announced before an invited audience of 300 on the evening of Tuesday, November 11th, 2014.
I did get an invite one year but could not go due to European horseracing’s equivalent of the Oscars are delivered through a tried and tested combination of points earned by horses in Pattern races throughout 2014 (40%), combined at the end of season with the opinions of a panel of racing journalists (30%) and votes from readers of Racing Post and The Daily Telegraph plus Channel 4 Racing viewers (30%).
Nice to see there is still some money in the world of horse-racing when Sheikh Mohammed bought 14 horses at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, spending eight million guineas in one day.
The highlight for me this week was to be at Kempton to see Convey’s eye catching victory in the 7f maiden last Wednesday night, Sir Michael Soute’s juvenile has been cut to 16/1 for next years 2,000 Guineas with Coral and Paddy Power. Khalid Abdullah’s racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe said ”He’d worked very well before the race so we had a big expectations and it was nice to see him deliver in such a manner, plans for him are fairly fluid.”
Quick Jack almost landed the Cesarewitch for Tony Martin last weekend at least we got the place take nothing away from the winner Big Easy but we should have won after traveling like the winner from half way.
Shock news this week hit the press that Treve is to remain in training next season for a third win in the Arc, that will give us all something to think about through the cold winter nights.
With the Derby winner Australia retired to stud after a foot injury last week I have backed Fire Eagle at 9/4 with Bet365 for the Qipco Champion Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday, I suggest you do the same.
Back next Thursday.
Yours in sport
Kevan Minter – The Colonel