Ivanhowe lowered the colours of Sea The MoonPICTURE: Frank Sorge
Shock defeat for Arc favourite Sea The Moon
Report: Germany, Sunday
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The unexpected winner had run sixth in the Grand Prix de Chantilly on his most recent start, making Sea The Moon's eclipse that much more sobering for those who backed him to ante-post favouritism for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
Connections warned that Sea The Moon may not be at his best following a two-month layoff and Ivanhowe took full advantage to win for the first time at Group 1 level for owner Gestut Schlenderhan and trainer Jean-Pierre Carvalho.
Paddy Power reacted to defeat for Sea The Moon to relieve him of Arc favouritism. He was shunted to 10-1 (from 4) as last year's winner Treve was clipped to 5-1 favourite (from 6).
Filip Minarik, who rode Ivanhowe, said: "He is easily the best horse I have ridden. We were quite confident of beating Sea The Moon today."
Ivanhowe is a best-priced 16-1 for the Arc in which he will renew rivalry with Sea The Moon, whose connections appeared unperturbed by the removal of his 100 per cent record.
Niko Lafrentz, whose family bred and own the son of Sea The Stars, said: "He's definitely still on course for the Arc and we're totally satisfied with his run today."