Criquette Head-Maarek’s Motivator filly, Treve, has achieved a staggering second Prix de l’Arc de Triomph win in a row, becoming the first horse in 36 years to win the race back to back.
Treve, who had been unbeaten in her first 5 career outings, had a 6 month layoff after her 2013 Arc win and proved something of a puzzle to trainer Head-Maarek since her April comeback.
Treve finished a short head second behind Cirres des Aigles in the Gr1 Prix Ganay on 27 April and was 3rd to The Fugue in the Ascot Prince of Wales’ Stakes. Head Maarek insisted to Sheikh Joaan Al Thani that his jockey Dettori should be replaced by original rider and Thierry Jarnet was in the saddle for the 14 September Gr1 Qatar Prix Vermeille, where the pair finished 4th.
Approaching the 2014 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Criquette Head-Maarek insisted the four-year-old daughter of Motivator was back to her old self. However, many would argue she was even better as she powered clear of the 20-runner field with incredible ease.
Treve stopped the clock in 2min 26.05 for the 2400m trip. In an announcement directly after the race, the connections confirmed that Treve will now be retired.
The race results are:-
4 Kingston Hill