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Danedream (Andres Starke) wins the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe

Danedream (left) powers clear of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe field

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

Danedream routs Arc rivals with easy success

Report: Longchamp, Sunday

Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Group 1) 1m4f, 3yo+

DANEDREAM, supplemented at a cost of €100,000 earlier this week, blew her rivals out of the water with a devastating performance, becoming the first winner of the Arc from Germany since Star Appeal in 1975.

Japanese breeder Teruya Yoshida bought a half share in the filly two days ago from Gestüt Burg Eberstein, who purchased her for €9,000 as a yearling, and Danedream more than repaid her owners' faith by landing the £1,970,344.83 first prize.


With pacemaker Shareta and Snow Fairy following the 20-1 shot home, fillies filled the first three places with So You Think the best-placed colt in fourth.

Ridden prominently, the Peter Schiergen-trained filly - who continued the recent domination of three-year-olds, becoming the 15th to win the Arc in the last 18 years - powered clear of her rivals, winning in the quickest time in Arc history as she recorded a five-length demolition.

Andrasch Starke positioned his filly closer to the pace than the marketleaders, with So You Think, Workforce and Sarafina anchored at the rear of the field as the runners rounded the home turn.

Andrasch Starke on Arc winner Danedream 02/10/11

Andrasch Starke celebrates win

  PICTURE: Getty Images  

Starke got first run on his rivals, flying the field and recording one of the longest winning distances in Arc history and the longest since Sakhee's six-length success in 2001.

Starke said: "It was just a dream to ride in the race. It was a great performance in a very competitive race with a good horse. In the last two furlongs she gave me a great feel and when she kicked I was dreaming."

Schiergen added: "It's my greatest moment in racing - fantastic. I don't believe she was such an easy winner. She's the best horse I've ever trained."

On Snow Fairy, Ed Dunlop said: "We're veryproud. It was a great run. I think she was the leading older horse in the race - I'm very, very pleased.

"That was only her fourth run of the year so all being well she'll go back to Japan for the race she won last year [Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup] or the Japan Cup and then back to Hong Kong. She stays in training next year."

 
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