By Simon Jackson.
Treve has looked unstoppable this season after winning all of her three starts and had been as short as 4-5 with the Irish bookmaker in recent weeks to win the Arc for the third successive year at Longchamp on Sunday.
The five-year-old Treve won twice at Saint-Cloud this summer before scoring by six lengths in the Qatar Prix Vermeille at Longchamp 15 days ago. She heads betting for the Arc from New Bay (9-2) and Investec Derby winner Golden Horn 5-1 (from 11-2).
Paddy Power said: “Treve looked brilliant in the Prix Vermeille, but Postponed posted a quicker time in the Prix Foy and with the ground looking like coming good for Golden Horn, we’re more than happy to lay evens about the dual heroine.”
The news follows a forecast of continuing dry weather in Paris and comments from trainer John Gosden, who has Golden Horn and Jack Hobbs entered in the Arc.
“If the ground is good to soft or better that would be great and he’d [Golden Horn] run and I’d think Jack Hobbs would then wait for the Champion Stakes, but we are very much in the hands of the weather and we’ll see how the ground plays,” Gosden said.
“If we get the ground, great, if we don’t then we might have to reverse the plans again.
“He has a lot of speed, the Breeders’ Cup comes later in the year. I walked that track (Keeneland) the other day when I was over there for the sales, it’s in good condition, and there’s no reason that couldn’t be a swansong for him at the end of the year which is something to consider as well,” the trainer said to Weatherbys.
Gosden added: “He’s probably the best three-year-old middle-distance horse I’ve ever trained and I’ve had a few through my hands.”
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