Unbeaten filly Treve was in a class of her own when delivering a five-length demolition of her rivals in the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2400m) at Longchamp on Sunday.
Treve (3f Motivator – Trevise by Anabaa) settled in the second-half of the field but began picking off runners approaching the home turn and the sheer extent of her dominance was evident in the straight.
Jockey Thierry Jarnet, who replaced injured rider Frankie Dettori, asked the French bred filly to strike and she immediately went clear of the well-beaten pack headed by Orfevre (Jpn) and Intello (Ger).
“The way she has won is absolutely brilliant,” trainer Criquette Head-Maarek declared. “She never got any cover but it made no difference. She is part of the family and is like a sister to me.”
Head-Maarek also paid tribute to Dettori, who had ridden Treve to victory in the Prix Vermeille last month. “I would like to thank Frankie and send him a big kiss,” she said at the presentation. “I told him to give her an easy ride in her last race without the whip.”
Dettori is retained rider for winning owner Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, one of several Qatari royals who have experienced an extraordinary rise to the pinnacle of the racing world in just three years.
His brother Sheikh Fahad al Thani has won the Melbourne – Caulfield Cups double with Dunaden.
Treve is by Montjeu’s 2005 English Derby winner Motivator who stands at the Head family’s Haras du Quesnay in Deauville. Her dam Trevise was a winner at Chantilly and had already foaled the Marseilles stakes winner Trois Rois (Hernando).
Trevise is a sister to USA stakes winner Tsigane who stood at Larneuk Stud in Victoria.