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Treve heads Prince of Wales's Stakes octet at Royal Ascot

Updated: Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 15:02 | Comments

Arc heroine Treve came off second best following an epic duel with Cirrus Des Aigles on her seasonal reappearance in the Prix Ganay
Arc heroine Treve came off second best following an epic duel with Cirrus Des Aigles on her seasonal reappearance in the Prix Ganay

Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Treve will face seven rivals in Wednesday's Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Trained in France by Criquette Head-Maarek, the filly met with the first defeat of her career on her four-year-old debut when just touched off by the veteran Cirrus Des Aigles in the Prix Ganay.

This will be her first run outside France and connections are expecting her to have improved for her seasonal reappearance.

Head-Maarek said: "The ground will be no excuse and as long as she does not pull I am sure that she will run well.

"She is a good traveller. We will use the (Channel) Tunnel which means that the journey will be only six hours door-to-door and then she will have a day to recover once she gets to Ascot.

"I think Treve has recovered well from her race in the Ganay, but we will know more on Wednesday!

"She looks well physically and has been working well so I think that she will be spot on for the race."

Breeders' Cup winner Magician, beaten in soft ground most recently by Noble Mission in the Tattersalls Gold Cup, heads the opposition.

William Haggas' Mukhadram was narrowly beaten by Al Kazeem in this race 12 months ago and showed he remains one of the best 10-furlong performers on the planet when finishing second in the World Cup at Meydan.

Two other mares are in the line up, headed by John Gosden's The Fugue, who has not been seen since disappointing in the Dubai Duty Free.

Michael Stoute's Dank, also a Breeders' Cup winner in the Filly & Mare Turf, was third in the Duty Free and takes her chance.

Jim Bolger runs Parish Hall from his two entries while the field is completed by Gay Kelleway's Zambucca and Roger Varian's Elkaayed.

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