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Glory for Dettori as Golden Horn wins Arc  

     Qatar Prix de l`Arc de Triomphe (Group 1), 1 ½m, 3yo+ no geldings

TREVE proved unable to rewrite racing history when failing to make it a third win in the Arc as victory went to Golden Horn and a delirious Frankie Dettori.

Flintshire finished second, as he was last year, with New Bay third and Treve fourth.

In the end, after all the expectation and endless speculation, the outcome was remarkably clear cut.

Golden Horn had shadowed Treve`s pacemaker Shahah more closely than any of the other 15 runners and when kicked clear in the straight opened up a clear gap as all eyes looked for Treve among the chasing pack.

There she was, wide and closing, but never with anything like enough momentum to threaten the winner, whose owner Anthony Oppenheimer had said, somewhat controversially, that his horse would beat Treve "easily" on fast ground.

So it turned out, with Dettori basking in the adulation of the crowd on a colt who has now won the Investec Derby, Coral-Eclipse, Qipco Irish Champion Stakes and Qatar Prix de l`Arc de Triomphe.

"I really believed in this horse and he put it to bed like a superstar," said Dettori after his fourth Arc win.

"It was an amazing performance. I scratched my head all week about what to do, but I knew I was on the best horse so I wanted to make use of him and show the world just how good he really is.

"He`s probably the best horse I`ve ridden."

Dettori caught the eye in they early stages when taking Golden Horn wide on the course, from a wide draw connections felt beforehand may prove a hindrance.

"When you`re drawn wide like we were," said Gosden, "we had to stay wide and run our own race before slotting into the field. The plan was to do that to get him in a prominent position and it worked perfectly in the end.

"Frankie has given him a great ride - he rides this track quite beautifully."

Gosden, winning the €5 million race for the first time, said: "It`s great to win the Arc in France, just as it is great to win the Derby in England."

No complaints from Abdullah camp

Flintshire and New Bay both represented owner-breeder Khalid Abdullah, and they may have contrasting futures.

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for Abdullah, said: "They have both run fantastic races, we can`t complain. They had good positions, travelled very well, kicked in the straight and did everything right. The best horse won, unfortunately!

"I think we have to think about plans quite carefully. Flintshire could be a Breeders` Cup possibility. I would have to speak to Andre [Fabre] and the prince about what they wanted to do with New Bay. We would have to see about whether he stays in training."

Erupt finished fifth a place in front of Free Eagle, whose rider Pat Smullen said: "They didn`t go over-fast but the way he travelled into the race I was very happy.

"When they straightened up I thought he would pick up a little bit better than he did. But he rode a very good race and stayed to the line, so overall I`m happy enough with the run."

Courtesy: www.racingpost.com

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