Last year’s Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe winner Treve was back for this year’s edition under a different set of circumstances. However, the results turned out quite the same as the 4-year-old filly trained by Criquette Head-Marek moved to the lead at the quarter-pole and held off all challengers to win her second Arc in a row.
After being favored in last year’s edition of the Arc, Treve went off at 11-1 odds after a rather ordinary campaign through the spring and summer in which she failed to win a race from three prior attempts. This came on the heels of a 2013 campaign that saw the then 3-year-old filly dominate all four of her races including the 92nd running of the Arc. Her prowess was confirmed when she was voted the Cartier Horse of the Year (Europe’s Best Thoroughbred).
Expectations were high as Treve entered this season. Her season started in the Prix Ganay on 27 April 2014 in which she ran a game second to multiple Group I winner Cirrus des Aigles. She returned in June to finish a disappointing third in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes. After a brief stint on the farm to recover from a minor injury, she was favored in the Prix Vermeille, but ran a dismal fourth. Many experts in the industry felt she was finished and owner Sheikh Joaan al Thani’s Al Shaqab Racing contemplated retirement. Head-Marek pleaded to let the filly run one more time based on her belief the filly was short after the long layoff.
Head-Marek proved correct as Treve responded to jockey Thierry Jarnet’s smooth handling to guide the filly through the inside to opening where she showed the acceleration that became her trademark last year. With the victory, she became the first thoroughbred since Alleged (1977 & 1978) to win two Arcs and the winner’s share of the $6.2M purse.
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