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Treve (5): has not been seen since sustaining a back injury at Royal Ascot

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Treve on course for
Prix Vermeille return

TREVE will be in need of the race when she returns to action a week on Sunday at Longchamp according to trainer Criquette Head-Maarek, who has confirmed the Prix Vermeille as the likely springboard for a defence of the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Treve has been on the sidelines since sustaining a back injury when third to The Fugue in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot but pleased Head-Maarek when working on the round piste des Aigles at Chantilly on Tuesday morning.

The Al Shaqab Racing-owned daughter of Motivator is currently a best-priced 7-1 second favourite to repeat her exhilarating triumph of last October.

"We're going to run her next week and she will need the race, it will do her good," said Head-Maarek on Tuesday, having watched Treve draw alongside her work companion after covering just over a mile in a routine gallop.

"In principle she will run in the Vermeille - she is in the Prix Foy but we'll go for the Vermeille. She will have a proper trial because it is a Group 1 but I don't want her to be knocked about. We will go through it as a trial for the Arc like last year, when Frankie [Dettori] saved her and didn't give her a hard race. If the Vermeille was the end for her that's different but it's just a necessary step."

Treve returned to work at the beginning of August and completed what her trainer described as a serious piece of work with three lead horses last week.

With regard to the the lumbar injury, Head-Maarek added: "The problem is cleared up as far as we can tell and she went well this morning. For me the important thing is her feet because although she had a problem with her back it all comes from her feet. She has a good action and is walking well after the work."

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