Wells At Longchamp

Sarah Whitelaw examines the breeding legacy of dual Arc winners

Treve wins 2014 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

Treve wins her second Arc

It was a case of Sadler’s Wells first, the rest nowhere at the Arc de Triomphe meeting at Longchamp on Sunday.

Not only did Treve (by Sadler’s Wells’ grandson, Motivator) win the Arc for a second time, the second (Flintshire) and third (Taghrooda) are both out of Sadler’s Wells mares.

Astonishingly, Sadler’s Wells’ dominant champion sire son, Galileo, is yet to be represented by an Arc winner. However, Europe’s dominant champion sire was represented by another Gr1 winner on Sunday, when daughter, Found, won the Prix Marcel Boussac.

Another of Galileo’s offspring, Gleneagles, finished first in the Gr1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere, only to be demoted to third place.

Sadler’s Wells line horses have now won the Arc five times, while the late, great Coolmore legend is also broodmare sire of the past winners Sakhee (2001) and Workforce (2010).

A large part of the Sadler’s Wells success story can be attributed to his great sire son Montjeu, who himself won the Arc in 1999, and whose son, Hurricane Run, scored a notable win in 2005. Another of Montjeu’s sons, Motivator, one of four Epsom Derby winners sired by Montjeu, is the sire of the record breaking filly Treve.

Treve to emulate legendary Arc heroes?


Alleged won the Arc in 1977 and 1978

With Treve likely to be retired at the end of the season, the question will remain if she will enjoy the same level of success the previous dual Arc winners have enjoyed.  While the most recent dual Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner, Alleged, was never an official champion sire, the son of Hoist The Flag did establish himself as an outstanding stallion.

Despite spending his stud career in the US, (when he would have been perhaps best been suited to a life in Europe), Alleged sired 19 top flight winners on the flat in a lengthy innings in Kentucky. A notoriously hot tempered horse, Alleged stamped himself as an outstanding sire of classic and middle distance horses, with his offspring doing particularly well in Europe.

His progeny included major Grade/Group 1 winners Law Society (Irish Derby), Sir Harry Lewis (Irish Derby), Miss Alleged (Breeders Cup Turf), Shantou (St Leger), Midway Lady (Epsom Oaks), Muhtarram (Irish Champion Stakes), Legal Case (Champion Stakes), Astarabad (Prix Ganay), Hours After (French Derby) and Flemensfirth (Prix Lupin).

Alleged also made his mark in South Africa through his successful sire son, Sportsworld, now a top class broodmare sire of such performers as Hill Fifty Four (Gr1 J&B Met), Whiteline Fever (Gr2 Hawaii Stakes twice), Hot Ticket (Champion Stayer) and Master Sabina (July Consolation).

Alleged is also broodmare sire of useful South African sire, Joshua Dancer, sire of Gr1 winners Pointing North (Cape Guineas) and Sparkling Gem (Cape Fillies Guineas), and broodmare sire of recent Gr2 Emerald Cup winner Tommy Gun.

Alleged was an outstanding broodmare sire, with his daughters producing Dr Devious (Epsom Derby), Archway (Champion Sprinter) Go And Go (Belmont Stakes), and Arc winner Suave Dancer, to name but a few. Another of Alleged’s daughters, Summer Trysting, is the dam of 2014 G1 QEII Cup winner, Designs On Rome (Holy Roman Emperor).


Ribot won the Arc in 1955 and 1956

Before Alleged, the last horse to win the Arc twice was Ribot (Tenerani) – himself the great grandsire of Alleged. Unbeaten in 16 outings, Ribot was an outstanding stallion, who was champion sire in Great Britain on three occasions. Ribot was also an excellent sire of sires, with his best sons including His Majesty (Champion Sire in North America), and leading sires Graustark, Hoist The Flag, Tom Rolfe and Ragusa. His Majesty became the broodmare sire of two of the world’s best sires in the past two decades, Danehill and Dynaformer.

Treve aside, the only female ever to win the Arc twice was Corrida (Coronach) who scored in 1936 and 1937. Dying in mysterious circumstances, Corrida produced just one foal, but that was French Derby hero, Coaraze (Tourbillon).



The latter himself left a mark at stud, when siring La Mirambule, winner of the Gr1 Prix Vermeille, and dam of King George hero, Nasram (Nasrullah) and Irish Derby hero, Tambourine (Princequillo). Another of La Mirambule’s sons, was successful New Zealand sire In The Purple – the sire of Melbourne Cup winner Gold And Black as well as champion filly How Now.

Tantieme, who won the Arc in 1950 and 1951, became a great stallion. He headed the French sires list on two occasions (1962, 1965), and sired, among others, the brilliant full brothers Match (King George) and Reliance (French Derby, Grand Prix de Paris). The latter became the broodmare sire of European champions, and world leading sires, Diesis and Kris. Another son of Tantieme, Prix Lupin hero Tanerko, sired the great classic winner, and successful sire Relko (sire of former Champion South African sire Royal Prerogative).  Tantieme is also found on the female line of French Derby winner and highly successful sire Top Ville (broodmare sire of outstanding European classic influence Montjeu).


Ksar won the Arc in 1921 and 1922

Ksar, the first horse ever to win the Arc twice, was victorious in 1921 and 1922. A son of the great French Champion Sire, Bruleur, he was out of the great racemare Kizil Kourgan (Omnium), victorious in the 1902 Grand Prix de Paris.  Ksar duly lived up to his race record and superb pedigree when retired to stud. He was Champion Sire in France in 1931, after a racing career which saw Ksar retire as the world’s leading money earner. His notable progeny included Tourbillon – one of the great sires in French history.

Clearly, Treve has some mighty footprints to live up to, if she is to achieve as much at stud as did her dual Arc winning predecessors.

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