Trainer Criquette Head-Maarek has announced that Al Shaqab Racing's Treve (Fr) (Motivator), who joined an elite group in winning her second Group 1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe last weekend, will stay in training next year and aim for a third Arc. Connections had previously announced during the week that the 4-year-old filly would be retired and bred to Dubawi (Ire) (Dubai Millenium) next year.
Head-Maarek told the Jour de Galop, "Sheikh Joaan made the decision - Treve will remain in training next year. The goal is to bring home a third Arc. For the moment, the filly will continue to rest at Haras du Quesnay, as she did last year. We will resume after her vacation and decide in due course on her programme. I am thrilled to to keep the filly. When a filly is good at four, she's just as good at five. With her, it was just a question of physical problems, and we have found ways to resolve them."
Harry Herbert, racing manager for Sheikh Joaan's Al Shaqab racing operation, said, "The Sheikh will keep Treve in training next year to try to go for a third Arc. She has come out of the race brilliantly. She is moving great, kicking and bucking and looking really well. Initially, we thought that the Arc would have drawn her career to a close, and maybe she would go to see Dubawi at stud. But, on reflection, and following discussions with the Sheikh and Criquette, we are all keen to carry on, so long as the filly herself is absolutely fine."
Treve will not run again this season and will spend the winter at the Head family's stud, Haras du Quesnay, in Normandy. The daughter of Motivator will then head back to her Chantilly stables in February, with a view to returning to the track early next summer.
Herbert added, "Her well-being is of paramount importance to all of us, everything will be in the best interests of the filly. She will have a very limited 5-year-old year, trained specifically for the Arc. She will first go to Quesnay in November until February 14, when she will head back into training with Criquette. She will probably not run until June or July time, but only on suitable ground. If it doesn't work, then obviously we will draw stumps and she will have missed one year of breeding. But she is a remarkable mare, and the Sheikh likes the fact that racing fans worldwide can enjoy her for another year. To get an unprecedented Arc treble up, this is a chance to do something that has not happened before."
Extracts from Thoroughbred Daily News / www.tattersalls.com (p)