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Speedy Treve scoots to easy Prix de Diane win

Report: France, Sunday

Chantilly: Prix de Diane Longines (Group 1) 1m2½f, 3yo fillies

TREVE, the only unbeaten filly in the line-up, handled a huge step up in grade with aplomb, justifying trainer Criquitte Head-Maarek's decision to run her by smashing the course record by two seconds under Thierry Jarnet.

Winner of two minor events, Treve was sent off an 11-1 chance, but dominated her rivals, bursting through to lead with over a furlong left to run, and stopping the clock at 2minutes 03.77 seconds, two seconds better than the previous best set by the Sir Mark Prescott-trained Confidential Lady in 2006.

Head-Maarek hailed the filly's devastating turn of foot as she said: "She's an extraordinary filly with a lot of speed which she showed today. They went fast but when Thierry asked her for her effort she really showed that turn of foot. She's really nailed them at the end."

With French 1,000 Guineas winner Flotilla renewing rivalries with runner-up Esoterique, the pair were fancied to go well, but were never really in with a chance, Flotilla weakening having followed stablemate and pacemaker Sage Melody while Esoterique never featured.

Silasol did travel just behind the leaders, but when Sage Melody gave way and Treve emerged with her decisive burst, the 7-2 shot could not match her turn of speed and was pipped for second by 25-1 outsider Chicquita, who was a faller on her last start.

Alain de Royer-Dupre was impressed with Chicquita's effort as he said: "She must be very good to do that because she lacks experience and professionalism. It is worth noting that the first two home are the two who are freshest."

Silasol's trainer Carlos Laffon-Parais offered no excuses, and expressed his delight at Treve's win as he is the son in-law of Criquette Head Maarek. "She ran very well but was beaten by two fillies that she had not met before," he said. "It's wonderful for the trainer of the winner and proves that class is permanent."

 
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