2014 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

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93rd Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
Longchamp, 5 October 2014
Treve.jpg
won by Treve

The 2014 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe was a horse race held at Longchamp on Sunday 5 October 2014. It was the 93rd running of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

The winner was Al Shaqab Racing's Treve, a four-year-old filly trained in France by Criquette Head-Maarek and ridden by Thierry Jarnet, repeating her victory in 2013. She became the first horse since Alleged to win the race twice. Treve's victory gave Head her third win in the race and was a record-equaling fourth success for Jarnet.

The contenders[edit]

The 2013 winner Treve returned and attracted some support, despite having been beaten in all three of her races in 2014. The most fancied of the French runners were the three-year-olds Ectot, winner of the Prix Niel and the unbeaten filly Avenir Certain winner of the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches and the Prix de Diane. The other French contenders included Flintshire (2013 Grand Prix de Paris), Dolniya (Prix de Malleret), Prince of Gibraltar (2013 Criterium de Saint-Cloud) and Spiritjim (disqualified after winning the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud). There were three runners from Japan, headed by the Dubai Duty Free winner Just A Way who was moving up in distance. The other Japanese runners were the multiple Grade I winner Gold Ship and the filly Harp Star who had won the Oka Sho and recorded an upset win over Gold Ship at Sapporo in August. Britain was represented by Taghrooda, a three-year-old filly who had won the Epsom Oaks and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the St Leger winner Kingston Hill and the six-year-old Al Kazeem, winner of the 2013 Eclipse Stakes who had been returned to racing after an unsuccessful spell at stud. There were three runners from Ireland, all from the Ballydoyle stable: Ruler of the World who had won the 2013 Epsom Derby and returned to form with a win in the Prix Foy, Tapestry who had recorded an upset win over Taghrooda in the Yorkshire Oaks and Chicquita, winner of the Irish Oaks in 2013. Germany was represented by the four-year-old Ivanhowe, who had defeated Sea The Moon (who had been ante-post favourite for the Arc) in the Grosser Preis von Baden.[1] Taghrooda was sent off the 5.5/1 favourite, ahead of Avenir Certain (6/1), Ectot (6.7/1), Harp Star (6.9/1), and Just A Way (8/1) with Treve starting at odds of 14.4/1.

The race[edit]

Ruler of the World started quickly, but was soon overtaken by Montviron, the pacemaker for Ectot.[2] Montviron led from Kingston Hill and Ruler of the World with Avenir Certain, Taghrooda and Flintshire close behind, whilst the Japanese runners Harp Star and Gold Ship raced at the back of the field. As the runners exited the final turn, they fanned out across the width of the wide Longchamp straight, at which point Treve made a rapid move on the inside to take the lead 400 metres from the finish.[3] Flintshire, Taghrooda and Kingston Hill stayed on well, and Harp Star made rapid progress on the wide outside from a seemingly impossible position, but none of them were able to mount a serious challenge to the leader. Treve won by two lengths from Flintshire with Taghrooda in third ahead of Kingston Hill, Dolniya and Harp Star.[4]

Race details[edit]

  • Sponsor: Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club
  • Purse: €5,000,000
  • Going: Good
  • Distance: 2,400 metres
  • Number of runners: 20
  • Winner's time: 2:26.05

Full result[edit]

Pos. Marg. Horse Age Jockey Trainer (Country)
1 Treve 4 Thierry Jarnet Criquette Head-Maarek (FR)
2 2 Flintshire 4 Maxime Guyon Andre Fabre (FR)
3 Taghrooda 3 Paul Hanagan John Gosden (GB)
4 ¾ Kingston Hill 3 Andrea Atzeni Roger Varian (GB)
5 nk Dolniya 3 Christophe Soumillon Alain de Royer-Dupre (FR))
6 nk Harp Star 3 Yuga Kawada Hiroyoshi Matsuda (JPN)
7 hd Prince Gibraltar 3 Jean-Bernard Eyquem Jean-Claude Rouget (FR)
8 shd Just A Way 5 Yuichi Fukunaga Naosuke Sugai (JPN)
9 ¾ Ruler of the World 4 Frankie Dettori Aidan O'Brien (IRE)
10 nse Al Kazeem 6 James Doyle Roger Charlton (GB)
11 ¾ Avenir Certain 3 Christophe Lemaire Jean-Claude Rouget (FR)
12 nse Siljan's Saga 4 Pierre-Charles Boudot J-P Gauvin (FR)
13 1 Tapestry 3 Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien (IRE)
14 hd Gold Ship 5 Norihiro Yokoyama Naosuke Sugai (JPN)
15 Chicquita 4 Joseph O'Brien Aidan O'Brien (IRE)
16 nse Spiritjim 4 Stephane Pasquier Pascal Bary (FR)
17 ¾ Ectot 3 Gregory Benoist Elie Lellouche (FR)
18 shd Ivanhowe 4 William Buick Jean-Pierre Carvalho (GER)
19 2 Free Port Lux 3 Mickael Barzalona Freddy Head (FR)
20 9 Montviron 3 Cyrille Stefan Elie Lellouche (FR)

  • Abbreviations: ns = nose; shd = short-head; hd = head; snk = short neck; nk = neck

Winner's details[edit]

Further details of the winner, Treve

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/unlocking-winners-handicapping/archive/2014/10/03/who-will-win-the-arc.aspx
  2. ^ "Treve wins second Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp". BBC Sport. 5 October 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Treve vindicated after 'extraordinaire' victory in Prix De L'Arc de Triomphe silences criticism from Frankie Dettori". Daily Mail. 5 October 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Mighty Treve wins Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe for second year running". Guardian. 5 October 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014.