Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
|Grade 1, ParisLongchamp
1m 4f, Class 1
1 Ace Impact 19/10F
2 Westover 32/5
3 Onesto 55/1
4 Through Seven Seas 10/1
15 ran Distances: 1¾l, shd, 1¼l
Time: 2m 25.50s (fast by 4.10s)
Ace Impact once again displayed his sensational turn of foot as he sprinted to glory at ParisLongchamp.
Unbeaten in five previous runs for trainer Jean-Claude Rouget, the Prix du Jockey Club winner was trying his hand at 12 furlongs for the first time in the European middle-distance championship.
Employing his usual waiting tactics, Cristian Demuro settled the Cracksman colt – who got very worked up in the paddock beforehand – at the back of the field before unleashing his electrifying burst in the closing stages to overhaul the gallant Westover and pull away for an impressive triumph.
Rouget said: “I won with Sottsass three years ago, it was incredible because I started in Pau a long time ago. It’s a long way (journey of training career) and two Arcs in four years is fantastic.”
He added: “I am like a very backward horse and I am just maturing now. So I hope I have a few good years again in front of me.
“I know how I started with jumpers and very bad Flat horses. With Millkom it was the first sign of a Classic career in 1994 and after we won with Le Havre and Stacelita and now we have a very strong stable.
“Thank you to all of my team. I have two teams now, one in Pau and one in Deauville. There is a lot of work always in a serious, serious way.
“We always say they are the best when they win, I think it is his strong acceleration. It is something I have never seen.
“I don’t know if he will go straight to the stud or run next year. It will be decided between the two owners and me, but I don’t know yet.”
Qatar Prix De L'Arc De Triomphe
€5,000,000 guaranteed, 3yo plus, 1m 4f, Class 1
Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
POS. (DRAW) DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1 (8) Ace Impact 3 8-13 J-C Rouget Cristian Demuro 19/10F
2 (1) 1¾ Westover 4 9-5 Ralph Beckett Rob Hornby 32/5
3 (9) shd Onesto 4 9-5 F Chappet Maxime Guyon 55/1
4 (5) 1¼ Through Seven Seas 5 9-2 Tomohito Ozeki Christophe-Patrice Lemaire 10/1
5 (7) nk Continuous 3 8-13 A P O'Brien Ryan Moore 14/1
6 (6) 2½ Bay Bridge 5 9-5 Sir Michael Stoute Richard Kingscote 13/1
7 (13) nse Sisfahan 5 9-5 Henk Grewe Lukas Delozier 109/1
8 (2) shd Feed The Flame 3 8-13 P Bary Christophe Soumillon 13/1
9 (14) hd Hukum 6 9-5 Owen Burrows Jim Crowley 11/2
10 (15) snk Simca Mille 4 9-5 S Wattel Alexis Pouchin 18/1
11 (12) hd Fantastic Moon 3 8-13 Frau S Steinberg Rene Piechulek 12/1
12 (11) 5 Place Du Carrousel 4 9-2 A Fabre Mickael Barzalona 26/1
13 (3) hd Free Wind 5 9-2 John & Thady Gosden Frankie Dettori 20/1
14 (4) 1½ Haya Zark 4 9-5 Adrien Fouassier Gerald Mosse 107/1
15 (10) 1½ Mr Hollywood 3 8-13 Henk Grewe Bauyrzhan Murzabayev 43/1