Treve on the brink of history

Treve, the horse owned by HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad al Thani is on the cusp of history. The five-year-old mare ridden by Thierry Jarnet racing at Longchamp Racecourse on Sunday may become the first horse to win Europe’s most prestigious race the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe for a third time.

Frankie Dettori’s ride Golden Horn is another favourite racing at Longchamp. Treve’s form this term has been unreproachable — far better than pre-Arc last year — winning all of her three races — not a bad effort for a horse who Head-Maarek bought back for 22,000 euros ($24,700) when her family, who had bred her, put her up for sale as a yearling.

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Now a five-year-old, the decision of her owner HE Sheikh Joaan and Head-Maarek to change their minds over retiring her after last year’s Arc has proved the correct one. Head-Maarek, for whose family the Arc is part of their DNA with her grandfather having trained a winner, her trainer father Alec welcoming home the winner four times and brother Freddie winning the race four times as a jockey, is phlegmatic about making history.

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Source News: Qatar Tribune