Treve being driven clear by Frankie Dettori in the Prix VermeillePICTURE: Getty Images
Treve slashed for Arc after Vermeille romp
Report: France, Sunday
Longchamp Qatar Prix Vermeille (Group 1) 1m4f, 3yo+ fillies and mares
TREVE propelled Frankie Dettori back into the big time when running out a most impressive winner of the Qatar Prix Vermeille, and the three-year-old filly will now surely be supplemented for the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, for which she is the new favourite with Paddy Power and William Hill.
In a race run at a moderate gallop, Dettori held up the Prix de Diane winner, and looked to have plenty to do as longtime pacesetter Wild Coco kicked for home.
However, Dettori had things under control and delivered Treve, trained by Criquette Head-Maarek, inside the final furlong and showed a devastating turn of foot to speed clear. Wild Coco was comfortably second with Tasaday in third.
It was Dettori's first Group 1 success since he won the Irish Champion Stakes on Snow Fairy a year ago.
Paddy Power now make Treve their 4-1 joint-favourite to win the Arc and follow in the footsteps of Zarkava, who won the Vermeille in 2008 before following up in the Arc.
Head-Maarek said: "The ground was not my problem, I was more concerned she had an easy race. But she didn't because she was on the inside and she had to come through horses.
"Of course she's got a tremendous turn of foot so she could go through. There was no pace which was also a problem but she makes people look good.
"My heart was beating because she found herself badly positioned and she pulled but she had a lot of speed and a lot of class."
Lady Cecil said of Wild Coco: "We're thrilled - it's just annoying she's come up against a very good filly.
"She was three and a half lengths in front of the rest, she loved it round here and she loved the ground. We'll have to talk to the owners and see where we go next."