Solemia wins Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
SOLEMIA provided Olivier Peslier with a fourth Arc de Triomphe.
Ridden by Olivier Peslier and trained by Carlos Laffon-Parias, the four-year-old filly claimed one of Europe's most prestigious prizes last Sunday when cutting down the Japanese star close home with over £20,000 matched at 1.01 on Betfair on the runner-up; Masterstroke was fully seven lengths adrift in third.
Ernest Hemingway and Robin Hood — stablemates of Camelot — cut out the early running with Solemia, well drawn in sixth, always prominent under Peslier.
However, it looked as though Orfevre was going to claim an historic first victory for Japan in the race at the 13th attempt when the four-year-old swept to the front under Christophe Soumillon having passed the whole field.
Having gone around three lengths clear, the son of Stay Gold began to tie up and, agonisingly for his supporters, Peslier forced the Poliglote filly's head in front on the line to claim a famous success.
Victory provided Peslier with a fourth win in the race as well as completing a double on the card for himself and Laffon-Parias.
He joins only Jacques Doyasbère, Freddy Head, Yves Saint-Martin and Pat Eddery as a quadruple winner
Peslier said: "I'm very honoured, and as I'm still riding maybe I will break that record.
"I was pushing her along with the pace but when I saw Orfevre go past I thought I would ride for second or third. Then I saw Orfevre slowing a bit, so I fought with her and I knew she could catch him.
"I respected Orfevre the most in the race, and I have ridden in Japan a lot so it's sad for the Japanese, but these things happen in racing."
Camelot was sent off as favourite on his attempt to recover his reputation after defeat in the St Leger and was given every chance by Frankie Dettori, but victory never looked likely and the three-year-old emptied out close home.
Solemia is owned, like the marvellous Goldikova, by the Wertheimer brothers and Alain Wertheimer said "she will run again this season, in Los Angeles at the Breeders' Cup".