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Criquette Head-Maarek: Arc winner Treve stronger than ever

Updated: Sunday, 23 Mar 2014 12:11 | Comments

Thierry Jarnet rides Treve to win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
Thierry Jarnet rides Treve to win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

Criquette Head-Maarek believes breathtaking Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heroine Treve is stronger than ever ahead of her eagerly anticipated return to action in the Prix Ganay at Longchamp on 27 April.

The daughter of Motivator stretched her unbeaten record to five with a mesmerising display in Europe's premier middle-distance prize in Paris back in October, with Thierry Jarnet standing in for sidelined jockey Frankie Dettori.

Dettori, retained rider for owner Sheikh Joaan Al Thani, partnered Treve in her first serious workout of 2014 at Head-Maarek's Chantilly base last week, leaving connections delighted.

“She started work last Tuesday, Frankie [Dettori] came and rode her and I think he was very pleased,” Head-Maarek said.

"She's wintered well. She put a lot of weight on and is much stronger physically.

"I'm not saying she is better than she was last year, we will have to wait and see, but certainly she looks bigger and stronger."

"Our main target for the year is of course the Arc, but that is a long, long way ahead" - Criquette Head-Maarek

Assuming Treve comes home from her Longchamp comeback unscathed, Head-Maarek could then prepare her filly for a trip to Royal Ascot.

"If all goes well she will hopefully start off in the Prix Ganay and after that the options are the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud or bring her to England for Royal Ascot, but let's take it one step at a time,” she said. "When horses are going from three to four, you never know what they are capable of doing. Some horses go on, some don't like it any more.

"I don't think that is the case with her as she is working well and everything is good, but you never really know until they race again.

"Our main target for the year is of course the Arc, but that is a long, long way ahead."

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