Treve odds-on for Royal Ascot glory
Treve delighted connections with her final piece of serious work ahead of the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot, and is 4/5 with Coral to return to winning ways in the Group 1 contest on Wednesday, June 18th.
The supertar French filly, who put in a stunning display when slamming Orfevre by five lengths in last year’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, lost her unbeaten record on reappearance in the Prix Ganay at Longchamp in April when going down by a short-neck to Cirrus Des Aigles.
However, the form has been franked by the winner going on to land the Group 1 Prix d’Ispahan and the Group 1 Coronation Cup at Epsom, and Treve has reportedly blossomed since the run.
The daughter of Motivator delighted trainer Criquette Head-Maarek in her final piece of work ahead of her first trip across the Channel, and is likely to return for a crack at King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes if all goes to plan in the Prince of Wales’s .
Treve’s main rival according to the betting is Magician, the current 6/1 second favourite with Coral.
The son of Galileo improved at a rate of knots last season, winning the Dee Stakes at Chester in runaway style before landing the Group 1 Irish 2000 Guineas by 3 1/2 lengths.
Magician went on to show a devastating turn of foot when winning the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf in Santa Anita, and was far from disgraced on his first start this year when a 2 3/4 length fifth of 15 to Gentildonna in the Dubai Sheema Classic in Meydan.
The four-year-old then got back on the winning trail in the Group 3 Mooresbridge Stakes ,before getting turned over at odds-on by Noble Mission in the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien blamed the testing conditions for the defeat, and Magician is likely to be a formidable opponent to Treve if getting the fast ground he relishes.
Another interesting contender is Mukhadram, who was narrowly denied in last year’s renewal by Al Kazeem and an 8/1 shot with Coral to go one better.
Trained by William Haggas, the five-year-old finished an excellent second in the Dubai World Cup when last seen in action back in March, and is reported to be spot-on for the Royal meeting following an impressive gallop on Newmarket’s Rowley Mile.