Treve on track in pursuit of historic third Arc


Treve impressed her trainer Criquette Head-Maarek on Tuesday

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TREVE, the reigning queen of Longchamp, was in excellent form on les Aigles on Tuesday morning under Thierry Jarnet, leaving trainer Criquette Head-Maarek beaming after the dual Arc heroine’s first serious piece of work back on the grass after a summer break.

“She was fresh and the leader couldn’t go fast enough for her,” said Head-Maarek. “But it’s perfect because there are still two more days to come – next Tuesday and the Tuesday before the Vermeille. The real work will be next Tuesday with more lead horses.”

Having been restricted to cantering on Chantilly’s all-weather since returning to training earlier this month, Treve did a light breeze on the grass last Thursday.

Jarnet was aboard even for that and, with potential history in the making, is set to play a much bigger part in Treve’s work.

“Thierry thinks she has improved a lot from last week,” said Head-Maarek. “She hasn’t lost that acceleration and she was waiting to be asked to go. She is in top form and let’s keep our fingers crossed that stays the same until the race.”

Treve, who is on course to seek an unprecedented third success in Europe’s most valuable race, the Qatar-backed Arc, in early October, is likely to face Sea Calisi in the Vermeille, the Francois Doumen-trained filly who was third in the Yorkshire Oaks last week.

Treve is clear favourite for the Arc at a best-priced 2-1.


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