Celebrating André Fabre’s success in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

Tipsters Review - 03-Oct-2020


Celebrating André Fabre’s success in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

One of the most successful trainers in the world – and champion trainer in France on 24 occasions – André Fabre will no doubt be looking forward to the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. He’s the most successful trainer in the race’s history, with eight winners spanning over the last three decades, and will hope to add to his tally this year. While we await the upcoming odds in the betting exchange, let’s look back at Fabre’s famous wins in the prestigious race at Longchamp.

1987: Trempolino

Jockey Pat Eddery won his third successive Arc de Triomphe title, and fourth in total, while awarding Fabre his maiden victory in the race. The winning horse was Trempolino, a three-year-old colt, who set a new race record with a finish time of 2 minutes 26.3 seconds, two lengths ahead of Tony Bin. In 2018, Trempolino died at the age of 34, and Fabre paid tribute to his Longchamp hero, saying: "His great strength was his acceleration, and he loved fast ground. And, of course he had an exceptional jockey in Pat Eddery. I miss Trempolino and I miss Pat Eddery."

1992: Subotica

Only a neck separated first from second in the 1992 edition of l’Arc de Triomphe. A late charge from Thierry Jarnet in the saddle saw Subotica overtake the previously undefeated filly, User Friendly to capture the 5m Francs prize. User Friendly was the favourite going into the Longchamp race, having won The Oaks and the St. Leger, but a strong finish saw Subotica succeed and land Fabre his second victory.

1994: Carnegie

It was a second win for Jarnet and a trio of victories for Fabre in 1994. A short-neck separated winner Carnegie, from second-placed Hernando. Another great finish from jockey Jarnet – Carnegie took the lead in the final quarter-mile, overtaking the early leader and aptly-named, Broadway Flyer. It was a fourth win in a row and second at Longchamp for the colt, who had previously won the Prix Niel.

1997: Peintre Celebre

A new race record was set in 1997, as Peintre Celebre stormed to victory – five lengths ahead of Michael Stoute’s Pilsudski. It was a second successive win for jockey Olivier Peslier, who also went on to make it a third consecutive win the following year. The winning time of 2 minutes 24.6 seconds beat the previous record set by Trempolino. The colt was the favourite going into the race and took control in the final furlongs to win convincingly. A fourth victory in a decade for Fabre, who was fast becoming one of the biggest names in horse racing.

1998: Sagamix

It was back-to-back wins for the jockey/trainer duo of Peslier and Fabre, as three-year-old colt, Sagamix took the lead late on. The 2/1 favourite was unbeaten in four races heading into the Longchamp centrepiece and held off the challenge of Leggera, to win by a neck. It marked the end of a fine season for Peslier, who had previously won the Derby. A fifth victory for the trainer, who set a new record for the most successes in l’Arc de Triomphe.

2005: Hurricane Run

Irish jockey Kieren Fallon produced a wonderful ride on Hurricane Run to secure l’Arc de Triomphe in 2005 – his first victory in the race. It was a third successive win for the horse, who had previously secured an easy victory in the Prix Niel, as well as winning the Irish Derby. It wasn’t until the home turn, that Fallon seized the opportunity and went rail side, before finding a gap to run down the straight in some style – beating Westernerwith jockey Peslier in the saddle by two lengths.

2006: Rail Link

Rail Link claimed a surprise victory on the Arc, providing Fabre with his seventh victory in the prestigious Parisian race. The three-year-old was an outside chance at pre-race odds of 25/1 and colt had just enough to hold off Pride in the final stretch to win by a neck. Jockey Stephane Pasquier timed his run to perfection, producing a final sprint when it mattered – and he was tearful in the winner’s enclosure. He told BBC Sport: "I feel like I want to cry so much. My horse went well from the starting gates and did so well. I am very happy."

2019: Waldgeist

It was only last year that Fabre secured his eighth win in the Arc. There was no hat-trick for John Gosden’s Enable with Frankie Dettori in the saddle and instead, they had to settle for a runners-up finish – as Waldgeisttriumphed at Longchamp. It was agonisingly close, but the favourite just didn’t have enough in the tank – and instead, with 50m remaining, the fifth choice overtook the mare to win by one-and-three-quarter lengths, much to the disappointment of the crowd who were hoping to see history made. After the race, Fabre said: "I'm very proud Waldgeist managed to beat such a fantastic mare. I am delighted."



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