It was the 100th running of the the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in Paris. The rain turned the turf very soft and the conditions were testing. Stamina would be required to win the race in 2021. The horses at the head of the betting market were being well backed by punters. Bookies were praying a big priced outsider would win. Their prayers were answered.
In my long and detailed write up for the race I told members of VG Tips that my decision for the winner was between Hurricane Lane and Tarnawa. I wasn’t interested in the Derby winner, Adayar. Not on ground close to being a bog. I sided with the Irish trained Tarnawa. Despite her usual slow start, she almost won for us. She finished second. Hurricane Lane was third.
Down the outside of the pack came the German trained Torquator Tasso, a winner at SP odds of 80/1. Some ambitious punters took 120/1 and 100/1. But not many. Arguably the greatest upset in the history of the race, Rene Piechulek rode the colt to victory, his first ever ride in the Arc. While Marcel Weiss has only been training racehorses for a couple of years. He said:”I had twenty years as an assistant trainer and I am so pleased the owner turned down an offer for the horse. We would have been happy had he finished third, fourth, fifth or sixth – we would have considered that a success. I felt he deserved to go for it and my hopes rose when the ground came in our favour.”
Owner Peter Endres told the Nick Luck daily podcast that no decision has been made about the future of the horse but indicated that now Torquato Tasso had won the premier flat race, it’s likely the four year old will be retired to stud in Germany. He did say that, at 77 years of age, he would have to listen to offers for the horse but that his wish would be for the winner to stay in is home country.
Watch the race in full below.