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QATAR PRIX DE L’ARC DE TRIOMPHE (Group 1)
Longchamp, Turf, 2400m
2 October 2011
It was a case of Deutsch and distaff delight at Longchamp yesterday after Gestut Berg Eberstein and Teruya Yoshida’sDanedream (Ger) (Lomitas) streaked to a five-length win in the G1 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in record time. Sent off at 27-1, the 3-year-old led home a 1-2-3 for the fillies to register a second success for Germany - the first since 1975.
Having won the G1 Grosser Preis von Baden on testing ground last time September 4, the bay - who was supplemented this week - showed her versatility on this fast surface. She was not for catching after streaking by fellow sophomore Shareta (Ire) (Sinndar) approaching the furlong marker, and stretched away to provide trainer Peter Schiergen and jockey Andrasch Starke with the fairytale outcome. It was left to Snow Fairy (Ire) (Intikhab) to complete the female trifecta.
Danedream has been brought along the hard way by Peter Schiergen, but instead of backing off a busy campaign, improved with experience. As early as last August, she showed her class in this country when finishing first - before being DQ’d and placed third - in the Listed Criterium de FEE at Deauville. Sixth in the G1 Prix Marcel Boussac on this card 12 months ago, she returned to her native land to run third in the prestigious G3 Preis der Winterkonigin over a mile at Baden-Baden later in October, before returning with a fourth in the Listed Premio Seregno over a mile at the San Siro April 10. The bay was third in the G2 Derby Italiano May 7, and gave every indication of her prowess with a 6 1/2-length success in the G2 Oaks d’Italia May 29. Fifth when giving winner Testosterone (Ire) (Dansili) too much rope under a five-pound penalty in the G2 Prix de Malleret at Saint-Cloud June 26, she progressed again to beat the 2010 German champion Scalo (Ger) (Lando) by five lengths in the G1 Deutschland-Preis at Hoppegarten July 24. That form had been underestimated by many, as was the case after her six-length defeat of reigning heroine Night Magic (Ger) (Sholokhov) in the Grosser Preis von Baden. But she had decent rivals strung out like jumpers that day, and the shrewd Teruya Yoshida was the prime beneficiary, purchasing a half share in the filly from Heiko Volz’s Gestut Burg Eberstein this week.
Danedream, advantageously drawn in stall two for the Arc, was settled in seventh against the rail as Treasure Beach (GB) (Galileo) set off in isolation. Shareta, tracked by St Nicholas Abbey (Ire) (Montjeu), took control in the home straight and, with the favorites failing to pick up with any relish from the back of the pack, Danedream had dead aim on the leaders. Once she was given the command, the diminutive raider settled the result before she reached the furlong pole, and the bargain €9,000 BBAG Breeze-Up purchase cracked the track record set by Peintre Celebre in 1997.
“It was a dream for me just to ride in the race,” jockey Andrasch Starke said. “It was a great performance. In the last two furlongs, she gave me a great feel, and when she kicked I knew she would win and was just dreaming.”
“The Arc is a race I have dreamt of for a long time, first as a jockey and then during my career as a trainer,” Peter Schiergen said. “It is an unbelievable moment, and I have thought for a long time that she is the best I have trained. To win by five lengths here at this track with that great ambience is the greatest moment in my life.” He added, “I have trained some nice horses, but she is by far the best, and I had great confidence in her. There was no hesitation to supplement her, as she was coming into the race beautifully. I also had confidence in Andrasch, and he rode a great race, so we’ll now savor the moment.”
Patrick Barbe, representing Teruya Yoshida, said, “Mr. Yoshida has watched the race from Japan and is absolutely delighted. We don’t know yet what we will do with her now, but she stays in training and has already run quite a lot this year already. If she is well, she could run in the G1 Japan Cup (at Tokyo November 27).”
Co-owner Volz owns a furniture store in Germany. Introduced to racing by his father, who also owned horses, he started going to the races at age three.
Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News