Treve pulls clear of her Saint-Cloud rivals for an easy winPICTURE: ScoopDyga.com
gets off to perfect start
Report: France, Friday
Saint-Cloud: Prix Corrida (Group 2) 1m2½f, 4yo+ fillies & mares
TREVE showed off her trademark devastating turn of foot as she made a perfect start to a season connections hope will end with an unprecedented third victory in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
Going into the race, the team behind the dual Arc heroine spoke about a better physical specimen to 12 months ago, when she suffered reverses on her first three starts, and that was clearly evident in a nonchalant performance under Thierry Jarnet.
Settled in the pack in sixth behind pacesetting stablemate Silvaplana for much of the race, Treve mounted her challenge up the home straight and once Jarnet got a gap the five-year-old blasted through it and motored away from her rivals in the blink of an eye.
Trainer Criquette Head-Maarek, who seemed to be calmness personified in the build-up, said: “I’m obviously delighted with the way she ran. I was pleased to see the pacemaker set a decent pace and she still has that amazing turn of foot.
"Today she was at 80 per cent. In the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud she will be at 100 per cent... and the Arc, I hope she will be at 200 per cent!"
Already favourite for the Arc, Treve was cut across the board with Coral 7-2 (from 4-1) and Betfred and Paddy Power 3-1 (from 4) following her four-length defeat of last year's Group 1 Prix de l'Opera winner We Are, who is trained by Head-Maarek’s brother Freddy.
A return to this track for next month’s Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud is set to be followed by a prep in the Prix Vermeille, and like Head-Maarek, Jarnet feels there is plenty more to come.
“We're en route for the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud and I think she will improve for this a lot,” he said.
“She was very relaxed and I think three months on the farm has helped her a lot.”
As well as shortening Treve into 3-1 (from 4) for the Arc, William Hill priced the jewel in Al Shaqab’s crown at 5-1 to remain unbeaten throughout 2015, with the proviso she must have at least one more run.
“We were impressed by Treve but not blown away and she is 3-1 to make it a hat-trick of wins at Longchamp in October,” said firm spokesman Rupert Adams.