2015 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

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94th Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
Longchamp, 4 October 2015
034 Epsom Derby 2015 - Golden Horn and Frankie Dettori going to post (18562661306).jpg
won by Golden Horn

The 2015 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe was a horse race held at Longchamp on Sunday 4 October 2015. It was the 94th running of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

The winner was Anthony Oppenheimer's Golden Horn, a three-year-old colt trained in England by John Gosden and ridden by Frankie Dettori. Golden Horn's victory was the first in the race for his owner and trainer and was a record-equaling fourth success for Dettori. Golden Horn became the seventh winner of the Epsom Derby to win the Arc, following Sea Bird, Mill Reef, Lammtarra, Sinndar, Sea the Stars and Workforce.

The contenders[edit]

The five-year-old mare Treve attempted to become the first horse to win the race three times after her successes in 2013 and 2014. She entered the race unbeaten in three races in 2015, including the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud and the Prix Vermeille. Her main opposition seemed to come from two three-year-old colts: Golden Horn and New Bay. The British trained Golden Horn's wins had included the Epsom Derby, the Eclipse Stakes and the Irish Champion Stakes. New Bay had appeared to be the best middle-distance colt of his generation in France, winning the Prix du Jockey Club and the Prix Niel. Ireland was represented by Free Eagle (Prince of Wales's Stakes, Found (the top-rated filly of her generation in 2014) and Tapestry (Yorkshire Oaks). Apart from Golden Horn, the only other British challenger was Eagle Top who finished second in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. The other French contenders were Flintshire, Erupt (Grand Prix de Paris), Dolniya (Sheema Classic), Prince Gibraltar (Grosser Preis von Baden), Manatee (Grand Prix de Chantilly), Siljan's Saga (Grand Prix de Deauville), Silverwave (Prix La Force), Spiritjim (disqualified after winning the 2014 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud), Frine (Prix de Royallieu) and Shahah (Prix d'Aumale) who was expected to act as a pacemaker for Treve. Meleagros was a non-runner. Treve was made the 9/10 favourite ahead of New Bay on 4.8/1 and Golden Horn on 5.2/1. Free Eagle (16.8/1) and Flintshire (18.6/1) were next in the betting ahead of Dolniya (27/1), Found (28/1) and Erupt (29/1).[1]

The race[edit]

Sahah fulfilled her expected role as a pacemaker, taking the lead soon after the start. Flintshire and New Bay were close behind, whilst Dettori took Golden Horn to the far outside before tracking right to drop in just behind the leader. Treve was among the backmarkers in the early stages along with Found. As the field entered the straight Golden Horn went to the front, opened up a clear advantage and won by two lengths. Flintshire stayed on to take second just ahead of New Bay and Treve.

Race card[edit]

No Horse Weight (stlb) Jockey Trainer Owner Draw
1 Flintshire (IRE) 9–05 Maxime Guyon André Fabre Khalid Abdullah 11
2 Eagle Top 9–05 William Buick John Gosden (GB) Carole Bamford 3
3 Manatee 9–05 Mickael Barzalona André Fabre Godolphin SNC 1
4 Meleagros 9–05 Adrien Fouassier Alain Couetil Denis Gorse 16
5 Prince Gibraltar 9–05 Fabrice Veron Jean-Claude Rouget Jean-Francois Gribomont 10
6 Spiritjim 9–05 Andrea Atzeni Alain Couetil Haras des Sablonnets et al 18
7 Free Eagle 9–05 Pat Smullen Dermot Weld (IRE) Moyglare Stud 12
8 Dolniya 9–02 Christophe Soumillon Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan 13
9 Treve 9–02 Thierry Jarnet Criquette Head-Maarek Al Shaqab Racing 8
10 Frine 9–02 Olivier Peslier Carlos Laffon-Parias Duke of Alburquerque 6
11 Siljan's Saga 9–02 Pierre-Charles Boudot Jean-Pierre Gauvin E Palluat De Besset & E Tassin 7
12 Tapestry 9–02 Joseph O'Brien Aidan O'Brien (IRE) Magnier, Tabor, Smith, Flaxman Holdings 9
13 New Bay 8–11 Vincent Cheminaud Andre Fabre Khalid Abdullah 5
14 Silverwave 8–11 James Doyle Alain Couetil Hspirit 17
15 Erupt 8–11 Stéphane Pasquier Francis-Henri Graffard Niarchos Family 4
16 Golden Horn 8–11 Frankie Dettori John Gosden (GB) Anthony Oppenheimer 14
17 Shahah 8–08 Gregory Benoist Criquette Head-Maarek Al Shaqab Racing 2
18 Found 8–08 Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien (IRE) Tabor, Smith, Magnier 15

Trainers are based in France unless indicated.

Full result[edit]

Pos. Marg. Horse Age Jockey Trainer (Country)
1 Golden Horn 3 Frankie Dettori John Gosden (GB)
2 2 Flintshire 5 Maxime Guyon Andre Fabre (FR)
3 nk New Bay 3 Vincent Cheminaud Andre Fabre (FR)
4 nse Treve 5 Thierry Jarnet Criquette Head-Maarek (FR)
5 Erupt 3 Stephane Pasquier Francis-Henri Graffard (FR)
6 nk Free Eagle 4 Pat Smullen Dermot Weld (IRE)
7 snk Prince Gibraltar 4 Fabrice Veron Jean-Claude Rouget (FR)
8 snk Siljan's Saga 5 Pierre-Charles Boudot J-P Gauvin (FR)
9 ½ Found 3 Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien (IRE)
10 hd Silverwave 3 James Doyle Alain Couetil (FR)
11 2 Manatee 4 Mickael Barzalona Andre Fabre (FR)
12 ¾ Spiritjim 5 Andrea Atzeni Alain Couetil (FR)
13 4 Dolniya 4 Christophe Soumillon Alain de Royer-Dupre (FR)
14 ¾ Frine 5 Olivier Peslier Carlos Laffon-Parias (FR)
15 nk Eagle Top 4 William Buick John Gosden (GB)
16 15 Tapestry 4 Joseph O'Brien Aidan O'Brien (IRE)
17 dist Shahah 3 Gregory Benoist Criquette Head-Maarek (FR)
  • Abbreviations: ns = nose; shd = short-head; hd = head; snk = short neck; nk = neck

Race details[edit]

  • Sponsor: Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club
  • Purse:5.000.000 €
  • Going:
  • Distance: 2,400 metres
  • Number of runners:
  • Winner's time:

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