Arc win puts Treve top of the class

treveFurther evidence of the strength of the win of Treve in Sunday’s Arc appears in the Longines World’s Best Racehorses Rankings, to be published on Thursday. She will share top billing on a mark of 130 with Black Caviar. The measure of her performance is that no filly has had as high a figure for middle distance racing since Bosra Sham was rated 131 following her win in the Champion Stakes in 1996.

The world ranking supervisory committee, comprising the leading heads of handicapping throughout the world met in Paris yesterday to agree ratings for the Arc runners. Phil Smith, representing the BHA, put Treve on 129, but accepted the one-pound higher rating given by most of his colleagues.

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He said, “Clearly we have her much above the average Arc winner and you needed only to see the way she won the race against horses we knew were upwardly mobile for that really not to be a surprise. She overcame a double figure draw, so the world’s handicappers were all really impressed. We have no problem agreeing she’s a 130 filly.”

Certainly that was trainer Criquette Head-Maarek, who noted, “ "It's her turn of foot that is so unbelievable. When you look at the times, she ran the last 400 metres faster than the winner of the Prix de l'Abbaye and the Foret, which is incredible after a long-distance race like the Arc. She will stay in training next season and I don't think we will run her again this year. If she does have one more run, it will be in Hong Kong as the Breeders' Cup is too close and the ground in Japan is always very hard. Sheikh Joaan (Al Thani, owner) bought her to win the Arc and she did it and now we have to try to win it again next year. She will run in the spring and even though she stays the distance (mile and a half) well, she has so much pace she could easily run over 2,000 metres (mile and a quarter) or even over a mile. She can do everything."

With runner up Orfevre scored at 125, third placed Intello up to 124, and fourth finisher Kizuna up to 121, this year’s Arc result pleased Louis Romanet, Chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities. He suggested the result would put the Arc back on top of the ratings of international races, after it dropped to third last season behind the QIPCO Champion Stakes and the Breeders’ Cup Mile. Of course, those two races have yet to take place this year, so that isn’t certain, but Romanet was confident.

He said, “I think we can safely say the Arc will be back where it belongs, with at the moment, an average rating of 125 from the first four finishers.”

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