Found leads Aidan O'Brien one-two-three in Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
Published 03/10/2016 | 10:06
Found led home an incredible one-two-three for Aidan O'Brien in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly.
Last year's Breeders' Cup Turf heroine arrived in Paris having filled the runner-up spot in five consecutive Group One events, most recently chasing home Almanzor in last month's Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.
Unlucky in running 12 months ago, the 6-1 chance was always well positioned by Ryan Moore and was angled off the rail to mount her challenge in the straight.
Found quickened brilliantly heading inside the final two furlongs to claim the pacesetting Vedevani and never looked like being caught, keeping up the gallop for an emphatic success.
Highland Reel, winner of the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot during the summer, took second spot under Seamie Heffernan.
Gold Cup hero Order Of St George rounded off the Ballydoyle-dominated finish in third for Frankie Dettori.
Roger Varian's Postponed was the 15-8 favourite to continue his unbeaten campaign, but while he travelled well into the straight alongside Found, he could not pick up and was ultimately well beaten.
Big Japanese hope Makahiki never threatened, while dual Derby hero Harzand could not get in a blow either.
Part-owner Michael Tabor said: "I can't believe it. First, second and third in the Arc, it's unbelievable. It's just incredible. Words can't describe it. It's just amazing."
He added of Found: "This is the time of year for her. We knew we had a chance, but this is the Arc and it's a tough race. It's unreal. She's a hardy, tough filly. I don't have to say anything because her results speak for themselves, so it's fantastic.
"It's the race that all of America watches and obviously Europe does, too, so the whole world is watching. It's a special race to say the least."
O'Brien said: "I'm so delighted for everyone. It's a big team effort. It's a privilege to be here and be part of it. How can you see anything higher (in his career) than this? I couldn't dream this would happen. You know how difficult the Arc is."
He went on: "She's only run over a mile and a half four times before and she was unlucky in the Arc last year. Epsom (Coronation Cup) was also a falsely-run mile and a half, and we came here very hopeful after a good run last time.
"We've had our eye on this for a long time. When Ryan rode her as a two-year-old and said she could win an Arc - he was obviously right."
O'Brien added: "It's a great feeling to saddle the first three home in an Arc, there's not much to beat it, but it's all down to a fantastic team effort and I'm delighted for John (Magnier), Michael (Tabor), Derrick (Smith) and their families. And what makes it amazing is that they are all by Galileo. It's a privilege to be here."