Saturday 18 November 2017

Dettori and Treve state 'Arc' case

Frankie Dettori: It was exactly 12 months ago yesterday that he tested positive for cocaine at Longchamp
Frankie Dettori: It was exactly 12 months ago yesterday that he tested positive for cocaine at Longchamp

Ja McGrath, London Daily Telegraph

Frankie Dettori is set to ride the favourite, Treve, in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Treve must have a great chance of giving the jockey his fourth success in the race if the filly lives up to the prediction of trainer Criquette Head-Maarek, who said after her trial victory yesterday: "She was a bit fresh today, but she will be spot on for the Arc."

It was exactly 12 months ago yesterday when Dettori (pictured right) tested positive for cocaine at Longchamp. Much has changed since and the jockey now looks rejuvenated; he has a new job, a refreshed outlook, and, finally, real ammunition to contest Group Ones.

The Italian can look forward to his 26th consecutive ride in the Arc as potentially one of his best, if Treve's performance in the Prix Vermeille, over course and distance, proves a reliable guide.

On soft ground, Treve came from some way back, off a slow pace, and proceeded to weave her way through near the inside rails in the home straight before galloping away to win by a length and three quarters from Lady Cecil's courageous filly Wild Coco, with Godolphin's Tasaday back in third.

"That was brilliant," exclaimed Dettori. "That's the first decent horse I have ridden for a while. The Arc is a different race and I hope I draw near the fence because she needs covering up."

Coral and Ladbrokes both slashed Treve to 4/1 for the Arc, but half an hour later they were tinkering with the market again, cutting Orfevre to 4/1 from 7/1 following the Japanese horse's stylish three-length victory in the Prix Foy.

On balance, Treve's was the better performance, but for the purposes of backing the Arc winner, it is not always the most impressive on this annual trials day that wins on the first Sunday in October. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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