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13 October 2021

With the news that G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2400m) hero Torquator Tasso will remain in training to defend his title, we look at previous ‘Arc’ winners and how they have faired in their subsequent season…

Year

Winner

Subsequent Season

2020

Sottsass

Retired to stud (30,000 euros)

2019

Waldgeist

Retired to stud (17,500 euros)

2018

Enable

Second in 2019 G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

2017

Enable

Won 2018 G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

2016

Found

Retired

2015

Golden Horn

Retired to stud (£60,000)

2014

Treve

Fourth in 2015 G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

2013

Treve

Won 2014 G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

2012

Solemia

Retired

2011

Danedream

Won G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2400m) – Unable to run in ‘Arc’ due to travel ban

2010

Workforce

Only success came in UK G3 (Brigadier Gerald Stakes). Twelfth in 2011 G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

With the majority of male ‘Arc’ winners retiring to stud following their Autumn triumph, it is an unusual move for the connections of Torquator Tasso to aim for back-to-back victories. As one of only three German trained winners in the race, the four-year-old is a valuable asset to the breeding industry in his home country. The last colt to win the ‘Arc’ and continue racing the next season was Workforce in 2010 – it was a gamble which did not pay off, with the horse only achieving a Group Three victory in the UK and a disappointing twelfth in the ‘Arc’ during the following year. The results of the 2011 campaign arguably affected Workforce’s commercial stud value. He retired to stud in Japan for his first five seasons at a fee of 3,500,000 JPY (approximately 28,500 euros) and could only command 4,500 euros when returning to Ireland in 2017.

In comparison, female winners of the ‘Arc’ have faired well when returning for subsequent campaigns. Both Treve and Enable won back-to-back renewals of the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the latter was not disgraced when second in her third attempt in 2019 behind Waldgeist. 2011 winner Danedream recorded another Group One success during her following season and was only denied a second tilt at the Autumn showpiece due to a travel ban for all German-trained horses.

 

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