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Frankie Dettori's pure Gold

By Robert Jones

Published 05/10/2015


The mighty Treve had to make do with minor honours in her bid for an historic third triumph in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe as Golden Horn and Frankie Dettori stole the show at Longchamp.

Magnificent mare Treve unsurprisingly dominated the pre-race build-up but it was not to be as a combination of her keenness in the early stages and perhaps the drying ground meant her usual tremendous finishing burst was lacking and she passed the post in fourth and retirement now beckons.

Hopes are high we will see Golden Horn again, but if this was to be his last race, what a way to go out.

Expertly navigated from a wide starting berth into a perfect position, the Derby, Coral-Eclipse and Irish Champion Stakes hero hit the front in the straight and was not for catching, coming home a couple of lengths clear under a jubilant Dettori.

Flintshire, runner-up to Treve 12 months ago, was second best again, with his stablemate New Bay just edging Treve out of third spot.

It was a first Arc triumph for trainer John Gosden, who is not ruling out one final hurrah for Golden Horn in the Breeders' Cup Turf.

"It's great to win the Arc in France and the Derby in England ­- that's what it's about," said Gosden.

"He retires to stud and the owner is quite keen on the Breeders' Cup. It gives us one day short of a month, he's got a great constitution and he travels well.

"If he's in good order next week, there's no reason why he can't go there."

Dettori said: "I really believed in the horse. He put a great Arc to bed like a superstar. I was going that fast in the last 300 metres I thought it was impossible for another horse to pass me. It was an amazing performance. He's probably the best horse I've ridden."

Irish Oaks winner Covert Love claimed another Group One haul in the Prix de l'Opera under a fine ride from Pat Smullen.

Trainer Hugo Palmer said: "She's very, very good, I thought she was beaten three times in the straight, but she wouldn't know what that means.

"I said after the Irish Oaks I'd love to win a Group One with her over 10 furlongs and the world is her oyster now. If she is still thriving she will go to Ascot or she could go to the Breeders' Cup."

King's Stand winner Goldream struck again for trainer Robert Cowell in the Prix de l'Abbaye, while Aidan O'Brien's Ballydoyle claimed the Prix Marcel Boussac.

French maestro Andre Fabre enjoyed a big-race double, with Ultra keeping his unbeaten record intact in the Prix Jean-luc Lagardere and French 2000 Guineas winner Make Believe bouncing back to form in the Prix de la Foret. The final Group One on a breathless afternoon, the Prix du Cadran, was dominated from start to finish by 25-1 shot Mille Et Mille.

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