PARIS (WNN) – German jockey René Piechulek rode 80-1 outsider Torquator Tasso to win his debut at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on Sunday.
The Marcel Weiss-trained colt won the G1 grocer Preis von Berlin to qualify for L’Arc, but some had predicted a victory for Piechulec in the 100th race of the race at Longchamp, western Paris.
“I had the privilege of riding in this amazing race. It would be only tomorrow that I would realize that I had won,” said the 34-year-old. “He was super relaxed throughout the race and once we got to the finish straight away He hit Top Gear.”
Leading up to the race, Piechulec said he expected to take advantage of the heavy rainfall in Paris in recent days, and the Longchamp track was suitably wet.
Torquatto Tasso, named after a 16th-century Italian poet, was able to get away from experienced French jockey Christophe Saumillon on Tarnava, with Hurricane Lane in third place.
Weiss found it hard to believe.
“I stumble for words,” he said. “You can’t really go above a Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.”
It was the third German victory in the Showcase Race after the 2011 Dendream and the massive outdoor star appeal in 1975.
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