October 4, 2020 at 10:07 #1504858
Today we commemorate 100 years or the birth centenary of the Prix De.L’Arc De Triomphe,the most prestigious race of the European calendar.I am ranking the best ever performances to win the race in order of merit.
1.Sea Bird (1965)
Cut across the field as though setting the track ablaze to have 6 lengths to spare at the post.Reminiscent of a great emperor leading his knights a victory procession having demolished the best ever field assembled in an Arc.It included French Derby winner Reliance,Washington International winner Diatome,King George winner Meadow Court and American Derby winner Tom Rolfe.Sea Bird annexed opposition displaying supremacy over rivals in regions of divinty.Arguably never in a big middle distance race have rivals been reduced to such merciless submission.Sea Bird was simply like a Sun surrounded by planets.
Displayed the greatest finishing speed ever by a horse in the Arc travelling like a plane taking off a runaway.Conquered arguably the best Arc field ever with the likes of French Derby winner Bering,Dual Derby winner Sharastani,Champion racemare Triptych,Champion older horse Shardari,German Derby winner Archenago and Darara.Gave a sensation of a 360 degree reversal of plot in an epic like a manifestation of the energy of the divine.When Dancing Brave made his victory bid it virtually looked like a new race started lik a bunch of stars extinguished in a galaxy and a comet appearing.
Inspite of times when travel was debilitating Ribot trounced the best before him in the majestic manner .Morally he won by a margin of 8 lengths as shown in the patrol film. and not 6 as adjudged.Ribot exuded the aura of invincibility at its zenith.
The closest incarnate of Sea Bird majestically striding down the straight to win by 5 lengths in record time.Conquered some of the best horses in Pilsudski,Singspiel and Helesio.
Even though not at his best with the clinical or surgical precision of a surgeon Mill Reef sliced through a gap to win by 3 lengths in a field looking virtually impregnable at one stage.After hitting the front there was arguably never grace taken to such sublime regions in the Arc ,who looked as invincible as anyone winning in record time.Defeated the high class French filly Pistol Packer as well as the class colt Caro.
Compared favourably with Sea Bird conquering the great Sir Ivor by 3 lengths.Epitome of perfection in a racehorse perfectly blending speed and stamina.
Both fillies revealed finishing speed of lightning and thunder .Zarkava broke through an impregnable gap resembling a surgical operation by an army.Treve hit the front and ran away with the majestic strides of an invincible emperess.Rarely have such depths of acceleration been shown in recent times.
Unbelievable the manner he simply toyed with the best of opposition hitting the front in the mid-way,to cruise away. Defeated stalwarts like Trillion and Dancing Maid.
Treated the great Filly Allez France withe contempt never seen in her racing career,to win with authority of a great army.
Ground his rivals to dust by 5 lengths as few have ever did in the Arc in recent times.
Won in classical fashion by 5 lengths leading all the way.Defeated the talented Singspiel and Pilsudski.October 4, 2020 at 10:10 #1504859adminKeymaster
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I think the Alleged double were two of my favourite Arcs from a sentimental viewpoint but Dancing Brave’s was some race.
DavidOctober 4, 2020 at 10:26 #1504862
@David Was not Alleged better in 1978?Any view on my rating in order of merit?Zarkava aand Treve right up there? I feel after Sea Bird and Dancing Brave Peintre Celebre was oustanding and Ribot considering era.I don’t think Sea the Stars was at his best in the Arc.October 4, 2020 at 11:36 #1504879Cork All StarParticipant
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I think Treve’s second win was better than her first. She had a troubled preparation (to put it mildly) yet still managed to win impressively. Criquette Head was a truly great trainer and I think that was the best training performance of my lifetime.October 5, 2020 at 16:15 #1505071
How do you compare Treve to Zarkava?better?Close to a Sea Bird or Mill Reef?October 5, 2020 at 16:18 #1505072Cork All StarParticipant
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It is all subjective but I believe Treve was a better filly than Zarkava. She would not have beaten Sea Bird and I doubt she would have beaten Mill Reef.October 5, 2020 at 16:24 #1505073
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Would you place Sea Bird at the top?Any view on Dancing Brave compared to Mill Reef or Sea Bird?October 9, 2020 at 17:48 #1505480Crepello1957Participant
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Ribot was an outstanding racehorse and was also an outstanding stallion. Dancing Brave was not in that category at all and he had a parrot mouth.
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