Sunday, october 2, 2016

Found wins the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and three records fall !

Found was the winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on Sunday in Chantilly, as three runners trained by Aidan O’Brien, all by Galileo, filled out the podium.
The race was controlled at the beginning by the pacemaker Vedevani, with Order of St. George and The Grey Gatsby falling in behind. In the home stretch, Found found a hold 400 meters from the post and she took advantage to draw away from the field. She won by just under three lengths, with Highland Reel coming in second and Order of St. George third, just over a length behind his stablemate. Siltajn’s Saga was fourth, in front of Postponed.

A few records were broken in the race. The time of 2 minutes, 23.61 seconds was a record for the race, which had been set by Bering in 1986, with a time of 2 minutes, 24.10 seconds.
A training record also fell, as Aidan O’Brien became the first trainer in history to rain the first three home.
And a record for stallion performance also was set: Galileo, considered to be among the best stallions in the world, became the first to see three of his offspring take the first three places.

Aidan O’Brien (trainer) : “I couldn’t even imagine this scenario. To see your horses finish in the first three places in the Arc is incredible! All three horses are by Galileo. The whole team at Ballydoyle have done amazing work and this is a fantastic reward.”