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QATAR PRIX DE L’ARC DE TRIOMPHE (Group 1)
Longchamp, Turf, 2400m
7 October 2012
Firmly under the radar despite a latest third in the G1 Prix Vermeille over the same track and trip September 16, the Wertheimers’ filly Solemia (Ire) (Poliglote) caused a shock of major proportions in the G1 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe when wearing down Orfevre (Jpn) (Stay Gold) in the final strides under Olivier Peslier. In doing so, the home-bred provided trainer Carlos Laffon-Parias with a first renewal of the great race and her rider with a record-equaling fourth at a huge 41-1.
Always traveling easily in a prominent fourth against the rail, the bay was left in front at the top of the stretch but was soon swamped by Orfevre as Christophe Soumillon committed on the Japanese raider with 300 meters remaining. Although he quickly gained two lengths on her, he veered right to the rail and gave Solemia a chance which she took with relish as she broke the hearts of the raider’s followers with a withering effort close home. At the line, there was a neck separating the duo, with seven lengths back to Masterstroke (USA) (Monsun) in third and a further length back to Haya Landa (Fr) (Lando) in fourth.
Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News