October 3 (UPI) – German raider Torquator Tasso stormed the middle of the course to register a huge surprise on Sunday at the 100th edition of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Group 1 at Longchamp in Paris, the jewel of the European racing season.
The lightly run 4-year-old was sent off at 70-1 odds, facing last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Tarnawa, this year’s Epsom Derby winner Adayar, and the winner of St Leger, Hurricane Lane.
These three, indeed, seemed to have to sort things out between them in the last 200 meters of the Arc. Then jockey Rene Piechulek gave the Torquator Tasso his best stride and he slowed down the three rivals in the final 50 meters to win by 3/4 length.
Tarnawa pitted Hurricane Lane to finish second. Adayar, who led a good part of the way, got tired at the end and was fourth.
“He’s a very strong horse,” coach Marcel Weiss said of the Torquator Tasso. “And René is a very cool jockey.”
Heavy rains overnight left Longchamp’s turf labeled “heavy”, jeopardizing the chances of some rivals.
Japan suffered another disappointment as Chrono Genesis, after running from close behind Adayar, collapsed the entire stretch to come home seventh and the two-time winner of Oaks Snowfall was never involved, getting involved. placing sixth after being well behind at the start.
Torquator Tasso secured a “Win and You’re In” spot in this year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf at Del Mar, but his connections did not immediately reveal his plans. His victory in the Arc makes the colt invaluable to the German breeding industry.
Tarnawa, however, could be available to defend his Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf crown.
“It has always been my goal, but the second is a lonely place,” Tarnawa coach Dermot Weld said, according to Racing Post.
“When she won the Breeders’ Cup she showed a tremendous pace. When she won both her Group 1s here last year she showed a lot of pace. You haven’t quite seen that pace. today because of the slimy ground.
“The Breeders ‘Cup Turf or the Breeders’ Cup Fillies and Mares (Turf) would be considered.”
Adayar, Snowfall and Chrono Genesis have already qualified for Breeders’ Cup slots by winning previous “Win and You’re In” races.
The winner, a son of Adlerflug, came to Paris after winning Group 1 Grosser Preis von Baden in his last start a month earlier. Before that he was second in Group 1 Grosser Preis von Berlin and victorious in Group 2 events in Hamburg and Mulheim.
If anything was missing from the century-old Arc race, it is the jockey who made the race a milestone throughout his illustrious career.
Coolmore Love’s filly’s late scratch with a temperature left Frankie Dettori without a lap in the Arc for the first time since 2013. The charismatic rider has won the race six times, twice with his favorite horse, Enable.