Dettori leads Golden Horn to Arc triumph

Jockey Frankie Dettori riding Golden Horn crosses the finish line to win the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. 'Picture: PA
Jockey Frankie Dettori riding Golden Horn crosses the finish line to win the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. 'Picture: PA
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Golden Horn and Frankie Dettori clinched a brilliant victory in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.

John Gosden’s Derby hero and subsequent winner of the Coral-Eclipse and Irish Champion Stakes had a wide draw to overcome, but Dettori gradually angled his way across the track and into an ideal position, tracking the pacemaking Shahah.

Golden Horn came under pressure early in the straight and the packed grandstand erupted as Criquette Head-Maarek’s wonder mare Treve, bidding to become the first horse in history to win the Arc three times, arrived on the outside seemingly full of running.

However, her trademark late burst failed to materialise once push came to shove and Golden Horn galloped all the way to the line, passing the post clear under a jubilant Dettori.

Flintshire filled the runner-up spot for the second successive year, with Treve edged out for third by New Bay.

Gosden, claiming his first Arc victory, said: “It’s great to win the Arc in France and the Derby in England – that’s what it’s about.

“When you’re drawn wide, if you stay wide for a long time, you can run your own little race and not be bothered by anyone and then slot across.

“It was perfect as we sat behind the pacemaker and then kicked because as Frankie says, if you don’t kick at a certain time here they come like arrows at your back.

“I think (Dettori and Golden Horn) help each other. I keep saying he’s a better horse coming from off the pace and he was today.”

Golden Horn will head for stallion duties next season – but could have one more run this season.

Gosden said: “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.

“I’ve been scratching my head all week. Everyone was determined to make me sit behind and I said ‘Why? We’ve got the best horse. Let me get him up there and show the world how good he is’.

“The only blip he had was at York, but his record is unbelievable. He’s probably the best horse I’ve ridden.”

Harry Herbert, racing manager to Treve’s owner Sheikh Joaan, confirmed Treve has probably run her last race.

Royal Ascot winner Goldream lunged late to land the Qatar Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp.

Robert Cowell’s King’s Stand hero, subsequently fifth in the Nunthorpe, encountered his favoured fast ground in Paris and was always moving powerfully in midfield.

Last year’s runner-up Rangali committed for home in the final furlong, but Goldream weaved his way through under Martin Harley to get up and claim another Group One prize.

The William Haggas-trained Muthmir was third, with last year’s winner Move In Time, trained by Nawton-based David O’Meara, not far behind.

Mille Et Mille dominated from start to finish in the Qatar Prix du Cadran.

Carlos Lerner’s five-year-old was sent straight to the front by Thierry Thulliez his rivals seemed content to let him have it his own way.

Mille Et Mille turned for home with a clear advantage and the rest never looked like landing a blow as he galloped all the way to the line for an emphatic success.