Five great winners of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
Brilliant French mare Treve is currently Coral’s odds-on 4/5 favourite to land a record-breaking third successive win in Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe at Longchamp on Sunday, October 4th.
Here, our horse racing experts take a look at five great horses that have won the 1m 4f Group 1 showpiece run at Longchamp on the outskirts of Paris:
Sea Bird (1965)
Regarded by many as the greatest post-war European flat horse, Sea Bird won seven of his eight career starts and was unbeaten in five runs as a three-year-old. Trained by Etienne Pollet, Sea Bird barely came off the bridle when winning the Derby at Epsom by two lengths and after thrashing older horses in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud bowed out in style when winning the Arc in scintillating fashion by six lengths.
Mill Reef (1971)
The Ian Balding trained Mill Reef won 12 of his 14 races and came second in the other two during an outstanding career. After successes in the Epsom Derby, Coral-Eclipse and the King George the three-year-old won the Arc by three lengths. He beat a field which included top French filly Pistol Packer, French St Leger winner Bourbon, and Irish Derby winner Irish Ball won in a then record time.
Alleged (1977 and 1978)
Trained by the legendary Vincent O’Brien, Alleged became the sixth double winner of the Arc when securing victories in 1977 and 1978 under Lester Piggott. The colt was beaten just once in his career, when finishing runner-up in the 1977 St Leger, and was one of the very best horses to career the famous colours of the late Robert Sangster. His achievements saw him rated the highest in Europe in both 1977 and 1978
Dancing Brave (1986)
The Guy Harwood trained Dancing Brave put in an unbelievable performance when beating one the the strongest fields ever assembled. His rivals included the brilliant french colt Bering and super filly Triptych, and he made them look very ordinary. After being held-up well off the pace by jockey Pat Eddery, Dancing Brave showed a blistering turn of foot to swoop down the outside and pass 10 horses in the last 200 meters to win going away by 1 1/2 lengths.
Sea The Stars (2009)
Sea The Stars wrote himself into the racing record books when overcoming all sorts of trouble in-running to quicken clear inside the final furlong and win impressively by two lengths. The John Oxx traind colt became the first to win the 2,000 Guineas, Epsom Derby and Arc in the same season, and his win in Paris capped an unbelievable three-year-old career which saw him capture six Group 1 races in a row.