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Friday, 14 December, 2018

Six leading ladies from the 70s and 80s

Treve goes clear of the Arc field under Thierry Jarnet
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Females have won five of the last six runnings of the Arc, recalling another golden era for fillies and mares in the 1970s and 1980s

Allez France 1974
Possibly the greatest of them although she had to give best to Rheingold in her first attempt as a three-year-old in 1973 after winning the French Guineas, Oaks and Vermeille. A year later she went unbeaten with wins in the Ganay, Ispahan, Harcourt, Foy and the Arc.

Three Troikas 1979
Unlike Allez France, the Criquette head-trained filly won her Arc as a three-year-old after successes in the French 1,000 Guineas, Vermeille and Saint-Alary. She finished fourth the following year to another filly Detroit, who produced her own Arc winner in Carnegie.

All Along 1983
A surprise winner after an underwhelming season as a four-year-old having been beaten in the Foy but with Walter Swinburn booked she ran down her rivals with Sun Princess second and Time Charter fourth. She went on to add the Woodbine International, Turf Classic and Washington International inside six weeks. 

Urban Sea 1993
Remembered more as the mother of Galileo and Arc winner Sea The Stars, she was another surprise winner after being beaten regularly through the season including at Royal Ascot. She held off Japanese challenger White Muzzle, whose late run failed by a neck.

Zarkava 2008 
The Arc proved the seventh and last success in the unbeaten career of the temperamental but brilliant filly, owned and bred by the Aga Khan. She won the French 1,000 Guineas, Oaks and Vermeille before brushing aside Youmzain on the big day.

Treve 2013 and 2014
Brilliant filly maintained her unbeaten record as a three-year-old in her first Arc. Defeat at Royal Ascot and the Vermeille preceded a triumphant follow-up when she pulverised her Arc rivals under Thierry Jarnet.

The Arc proved the seventh and last success in the unbeaten career of this temperamental but brilliant filly, owned and bred by the Aga Khan
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