Horse Racing: Treve set to defend title

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Criquette Head-Maarek says Treve will not run again this year but they will keep her in training with a view to defending her Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe crown

Treve blew the rest of the field away to win Europe’s richest race by an impressive five lengths and Head-Maarek says the plan is to win it next year as well.

Jockey Thierry Jarnet guided the three-year-old French filly to victory as Frankie Dettori was injured, but the Italian will partner her again next year.

“Sheikh Joaan (Al Thani, owner) bought her to win the Arc and she did it and now we have to try to win it again next year,” the trainer revealed.

Vincent O’Brien’s Alleged was the last horse to record back-to-back wins in the late 1970s but there are high hopes that Treve could match it.

In the meantime a decision has to be made on where Treve goes next, and there are plenty of options.

“Treve will stay in training next season and I don’t think we will run her again this year,” said Head-Maarek.

“If she does have one more run, it will be in Hong Kong as the Breeders’ Cup is too close and the ground in Japan is always very hard.”

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