October 3 (WNN) — German raider Torquater Tasso stormed the middle of the course on Sunday at Longchamp in Paris to make a massive upset in the 100th race of the Group 1 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, the crown jewel of the European racing season.
Facing the likes of last year’s Breeders’ Cup turf winner Tarnawa, this year’s Epsom Derby winner, Adair and St Lager winner Hurricane Lane, the lightly sprinted 4-year-old was sent off a 70-1 margin.
In fact, the three of them saw the possibility of settling things among themselves in the final 200 meters of the arc. Then, jockey René Pychulec combined Torquater Tasso in his best stride and he won the last 50 meters by 3/4 lengths by all three rivals.
Tarnawa stunned in front of Hurricane Lane to finish second. Adyar, who led quite a bit, was exhausted at the end and finished fourth.
“He is a very strong horse,” trainer Marcel Weiss said of the Torcator Tasso. “And René is a very good jockey.”
Heavy rain overnight gave Longchamp Turf a “heavy” rating, making some rivals less likely.
Japan suffered another disappointment as Chrono Genesis, after running behind Adyar, faded miserably through the stretch to take home seventh place and double-Oaks winner Snowfall never joined. , after falling back to sixth place, finished sixth.
Torquator Tasso earned a “Win and You’re In” spot at this year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf in Del Mar, but their connection didn’t immediately reveal plans. His Ark victory makes the colt invaluable to the German breeding industry.
Tarnawa, however, may have available to protect its Longines Breeders’ Cup turf crown.
“That had always been my goal, but second is a lonely place,” said Tarnawa’s trainer, Dermot Weld, according to the Racing Post.
“He showed tremendous pace when he won the Breeders’ Cup. He showed a lot of momentum when he won his two Group 1s here last year. You didn’t see that pace today because there was sticky ground.
“The Breeders’ Cup Turf will be considered again or the Breeders’ Cup Phillies and Mars (Turf).”
Adyar, Snowfall and Chrono Genesis have already qualified for the Breeders’ Cup slot by winning the “Win and You’re In” race.
A son of the winner, Adlerflug, came to Paris after winning Group 1 grocer Preis von Baden in his last debut a month earlier. Before that, he had finished second in the Group 1 grosser Preis von Berlin and was victorious in the Group 2 events in Hamburg and Mülheim.
If there was anything missing in Ark’s Centennial race, it was the jockeys who made the race a turning point during his illustrious career.
The late scratch of Coolmore’s filmy Love with Temperature left Frankie Dettori without an arc ride for the first time since 2013. The charismatic rider has won the race with his favorite horse, Saksham, six times, twice.