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Golden Horn takes the Arc spoils
05 Oct 2015 12:12
Golden Horn and Frankie Dettori clinched a brilliant victory in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.
John Gosden's Derby hero and subsequent winner of the Coral-Eclipse and Irish Champion Stakes had a wide draw to overcome, but Dettori gradually angled his way across the track and into an ideal position, tracking the pacemaking Shahah.
Golden Horn came under pressure early in the straight and the packed grandstand erupted as Criquette Head-Maarek's wonder mare Treve, bidding to become the first horse in history to win the Arc three times, arrived on the outside seemingly full of running.
However, her trademark late burst failed to materialise once push came to shove and Golden Horn galloped all the way to the line, passing the post clear under a jubilant Dettori. Flintshire filled the runner-up spot for the second successive year, with Treve edged out for third by New Bay.
Dermot Weld's Free Eagle was the best of the Irish in sixth place, with Pat Smullen in the saddle.

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