Found: had finished second on her last five starts
PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
By Stuart Riley 3:10PM 2 OCT 2016
Report: France, Sunday
Chantilly: Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Group 1) 1m4f, 3yo+
FOUND, so often the bridesmaid this season, enjoyed her finest hour as she led home an Aidan O’Brien-trained one-two-three in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
Runner-up in the Tattersalls Gold Cup, Coronation Cup, Prince of Wales’s, Yorkshire Oaks and Irish Champion Stakes on her last five starts, the 2014 Prix Marcel-Boussac winner got her head in front when it mattered most.
And she did it with style, bursting between horses under Ryan Moore to power clear of stablemate and King George winner Highland Reel, with Gold Cup hero Order Of St George claiming third. Siljan’s Saga was the first horse not sired by Galileo to cross the line in fourth.
Settled in midfield, off a far stronger pace than is sometimes the case in the Arc, Moore negotiated the perfect path round the inner on the long home bend, before angling out and threading the four-year-old filly through the narrowest of gaps between Order Of St George and Postponed and then flying past the fading pacesetter Vedevani as Found powered to her crowning glory.
Last year she finished second in four Group 1s, before turning over the Derby, Eclipse, Irish Champion and Arc hero Golden Horn in the Breeders’ Cup Turf. This time she claimed Europe’s richest race for herself at odds of 6-1, to take her tally of Group 1 victories to three and earn quotes of 6-4 with William Hill for the defence of her Breeders’ Cup Turf crown.
Favourite Postponed, who had won his last six starts – including four Group 1s – travelled well for Andrea Atzeni in a prominent position but failed to pick up in the straight, finishing fifth.
“That’s racing, we’ll take it on the chin,” said trainer Roger Varian. “Andrea said he broke well but was trapped wide early on. He said he went into the big bend on the bottom on the wrong lead and took a while to switch on to the right lead. He didn’t pick up the way he usually can in the straight.”
Kevin Ryan’s The Grey Gatsby, who won the 2014 edition of the Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly, finished last and the trainer said: “That was very disappointing. He travelled good and was in a lovely position but it wasn’t his day. He just didn’t fire up the straight.”
More to follow . . .