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Friday 30 September 2016

Derby hero Golden Horn storms to Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe success

Chris Wilson

Published 04/10/2015 | 15:22

Italian jockey Frankie Dettori riding Golden Horn crosses the finish line to win the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
Italian jockey Frankie Dettori riding Golden Horn crosses the finish line to win the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
John Gosden

Golden Horn and Frankie Dettori clinched a brilliant victory in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.

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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."

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