Treve bounced back to form when winning the 2014 running of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in impressive fashion last Sunday.
It was the second successive year she won the race. A feat that looked unlikely after she ran poorly earlier this year.
Harry Herbert, the winning owner’s racing manager, said: “I think we all had our doubts. There were downs and depressions, maybe she’s not trained on. But not once did the trainer lose faith.”
He speaks of Criquette Head-Maarek. She said post race: “A lot of people said she has gone, she’s no good, she was a good three-year-old but she hasn’t trained on. But I could see in the false straight that she was going to win.”
“It was not a surprise. I always had faith in her but I thought it would be more difficult than last year,” Head-Maarek said. “With all the problems we had had, everyone was very tricky with me, saying she shouldn’t run and should go to stud.
“For me this is the best race I have ever won. After England [when Treve finished third at Royal Ascot in June] she was stopped for a month with back and feet problems. When you prep a horse with problems and bring her here and she wins the way she did it, it’s amazing. It’s a dream.”
Watch the ease with which Treve sails past the field, hugs the rail and goes on to win what will likely be her last race.