Star Returns To Racing

Dual Arc heroine Treve pleased connections on the Chantilly gallops on Tuesday morning

Treve wins the 2014 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

Treve wins the 2014 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

Dual Arc heroine Treve pleased connections on the Chantilly gallops on Tuesday morning in her first piece of serious work as the superstar mare’s eagerly anticipated reappearance inched closer.

The five-year-old was put through her paces in front of trainer Criquette Head-Maarek and owner Sheikh Joaan Al Thani’s racing advisor Harry Herbert as she stepped up a gear before her intended comeback in the Group 2 Prix Corrida at Saint-Cloud on May 29.

Gai Waterhouse with Criquette Head-Maarek

Criquette Head-Maarek seen with Gai Waterhouse (photo: Scott Fletcher)

Treve was partnered in her work by Pascal Galoche after which Head-Maarek said: “That was her first proper test. She’s been working but only gently. This morning she did a decent piece of work and she worked well. She had a good action and moved very well.”

Should all go to plan in the 1m2½f contest, Treve will return to the same venue the following month for a tilt at the Group 1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud over 1m4f.

Explaining the choice of race for Treve’s return, Head-Maarek continued: “I thought it might be an easy race for her and she needs a prep race, if not she can get upset and pull a bit.

“It will settle her down and the Corrida is one month before the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud so the timing is right.”

After being beaten in her first three runs last season, Treve bounced back to her brilliant best in the Arc on what was her final start of the year when she beat Flintshire by two lengths.

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