Whilst we focus on UK racing, Cheltenham, Ascot and the Grand National in particular, we also look at the best of Irish and worldwide racing, including the biggest races from around the world such as the Kentucky Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. It is that latter race that we focus on today, as Treve looks to make history.
Treve Wins to Solidify Favouritism
Two-time Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Treve again proved her class with a fine success in the Prix Corrida at Saint-Cloud. The French five-year-old, who won France’s biggest race in 2013 and 2014, will bid to become the first ever horse to win three Arcs and is currently priced at odds of 3/1 and Coral. Second in the betting is New Bay at 10/1 but after Treve’s strong showing on her return to the track it is clear that the Criquette Head-Maarek-trained mare will be the one to beat on October 4th.
This was her first race since last year’s Longchamp success and given she was beaten in her first two outings in 2014 her strong performance at Saint-Cloud was especially impressive. She easily strode past We Are to seal victory and given We Are is a Group One winner who also had the advantage of full race fitness, there seems every chance that Treve will record an unprecedented hat-trick later in the year.
A number of horses have done the double, most recently Alleged in 1977 and 1978, but with few horses aged five or over ever managing to see off their younger rivals, Treve has history against her. She’s the class act though and we can only see those odds getting shorter so why not have an ante post dabble now?
Golden Horn Worth the Risk
Golden Horn, the favourite for the Epsom Derby (priced at odds of 7/4) is a risk worth taking according to owner Anthony Oppenheimer, who has had to pay £75,000 to supplement the winner of the Dante Stakes.
Frankie Dettori’s John Gosden-trained mount was originally being targeted at the Prix du Jockey Club, with doubts he would see out the extra distance of the Derby but after much deliberation – and of course that mightily impressive win at York – Oppenheimer has decided to stump up and see what the colt can do. Both owner and trainer still have doubts he will fully last the trip but believe the three-year-old is perfectly built for Epsom and the market certainly agrees.