Trainer Aidan O’Brien Posts Trifecta in Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
Apparently, there was a bit of significant racing going on recently, in France of all places, where the 2400 m Group 1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe jumped at Chantilly.
The biggest race on the French racing calendar was won by a horse named found, who was relegated to ninth in last year’s edition of the race, ridden by none other than Ryan Moore.
Highland Reel and Order Of St George were second and third, respectively, giving trainer Aidan O’Brien one of the most satisfying trifectas imaginable.
Found was seen lingering along the rail behind the leading group at the halfway point, when Moore took Found wide around the home turn to take the lead with 300 m remaining. When Found crossed the line, there was a gap of 1 ¾ lengths back to Highland Reel, and then another 1 ½ back to Order Of St George.
Pre-race favourite Postponed seemed to have ample opportunities, but could not muster any speed in the final straight, winding up fifth.
Found had been showing good form of late, and had finished second in her five previous Group 1 starts.
2400 m was an unaccustomed distance for Found. She had gone that distance only four times in her 19 starts, but she had won Group 1s prior, in France, USA, England and Ireland.