Treve starts Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe bid with victory

Treve was ridden by Thierry Jarnet

Treve's preparations to win a record Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe began with success in the Prix Corrida.

The five-year-old, who could become the first horse to win the Arc three times in October, made easy work of the mile and a quarter at Saint-Cloud.

In her first outing since 2014's Arc success, the Criquette Head-Maarek-trained mare stayed with the pack until moving clear after the final turn.

Treve's next entry will be the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on 28 June.

Owner Sheikh Joaan had been expected to retire Treve at the end of last year, but opted to bring her back for another campaign.

BBC Sport's Cornelius Lysaght
Having been beaten in her first two races of 2014, and knowing that an attempt at an unprecedented third Arc win in the autumn is the over-riding priority, expectations were not excessively high for Treve here.But she was quite superb, moving magnificently through the race, before positively slamming We Are, a Group One race winner who had the advantage of race-fitness. It looks like it will be very hard to stop Treve making history in the Arc on 4 October.

"She did everything I thought she would so I am delighted," said Head-Maarek.

"She will improve a lot on that and there's so much to look forward to, with the Grand Prix back here the next step."

The Arc, Europe's premier middle-distance event, will be held at Longchamp on Sunday, 4 October.

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