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Golden Gosden’s tactics went all to plan

05 October 2015

So the triple Arc dream didn’t come true, but full marks to Treve for trying.

As soon as the 94th Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe got underway, the favourite’s leader Shahah set a fair pace, but not blistering. Trêve was held up as expected, while Frankie Dettori and Golden Horn applied their pre-race plan, keeping to the wide outside up the hill before cutting back in behind the pacesetter in the turn.

Trêve valiantly came with a run in the home stretch, but was too far behind to make any significant impact on Golden Horn, Flintshire and New Bay who finished ahead of her.

“It was deliberate to run wide,” Frankie explained. “All went to plan, he’s a real champion and I knew 300 metres out no one was going to catch me, not even a rocket!”

Owner-breeder Anthony Oppenheimer confirmed the son of Cape Cross “will stand next year at Darley Stud.”

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