The Arc preview: Treve aiming to make history by becoming first treble winner at Longchamp

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Treve aims to make history at Longchamp by becoming the first triple winner of the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Treve heads a star-studded field of 17 at Longchamp as she looks to claim her third I’Arc de Triomphe from stall 8. 

The five-year-old arrives in Paris in perfect form having won three races this season in comfortable fashion. In her most recent victory in the Prix Vermeille she looked to be back to her very best as she travelled like a dream before being unleashed by Thierry Jarnet. 

Trainer Criquette Head-Maarek was praised for reviving Treve’s campaign last year which was blighted with injuries. However to complete a hat-trick of wins in one of the most prestigious races in the calendar would be her greatest achievement.

When the gates open tomorrow afternoon Treve will become the first horse to attempt to win this race for a third time. Even the great double winners of the past Ksar, Motrico, Corrida, Tantieme, Ribot and Alleged all retired after their second win.

Treve’s biggest threat comes from the Derby winner Golden Horn and New Bay who claimed the Prix du Jockey Club in May. 

However John Gosden’s Golden Horn, ridden by Frankie Dettori, will have to do it the hard way after drawing stall 14 yesterday.

Treve’s victory from stall 15 in 2013 is the only such win in the last 11 years from a draw higher than eight.

New Bay was extremely impressive in his recent first place in the Niel and his trainer Andre Fabre will be hoping to add to his seven Arcs.

Fabre’s colt will start from stall 5 and with drying ground will no doubt look to utilise his raw speed.

A dry week has seen Treve eased to around even money but a few bookmakers still make her odds-on.

History would suggest odds-on favourites struggle to live up to expectation with Sea The Stars in 2009 being the only horse to defy this trend.

Tomorrow’s race will be an intriguing contest which could see the best of Britain go head to head with the best of France.

A victory for Treve will confirm her place in racing history.

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