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Torquator Tasso and René Piechulek win the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe 2021 at Longchamp

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By Lee Mottershead, Senior Writer

The 100th edition of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, eagerly awaited, brought together a real who’s who of European flat racing. It ended with stunned observers who simply asked, “Who? “

For German races, Torquator Tasso’s remarkable victory was an unexpected but wonderful cause for celebration. For almost everyone, it initially delivered anti-climax and bewilderment as a 72-1 stranger swept through major Tarnawa, Hurricane Lane, and Adayar fantasies to achieve something few could have predicted.

Only two months ago, a horse that carried the colors of the German flag was defeated at home by the Alpinista trained by Sir Mark Prescott. That didn’t suggest his ticket to the Arc would bring in much return, but after success in the Grosser Preis von Baden, he set out again to capture what looked like a vintage staging of the Supreme Half-championship. – sport background.

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While the horse’s name had so far meant little to many racing fans, trainer Marcel Weiss and jockey Rene Piechulek were also not well-known names outside of their own country. Now, however, they take pride of place on an illustrious honor roll after combining to give their nation a third Arc triumph following Star Appeal and Danedream victories in 1975 and 2011.

Rain had hit the streets of Paris on Saturday night and Sunday morning, creating a sound that must have been music to the ears of a second-season coach and a jockey whose career was aided by the opportunities he offered. absence of Covid. international riders visiting Germany. Their horse loved the grueling terrain of Longchamp and in what has become a test of both bravery and brilliance, it was he who was the extremely deserving winner.

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Torquator Tasso (yellow, right) uses Tarnawa (left) and Hurricane Lane (white cap)

Torquator Tasso (yellow, right) uses Tarnawa (left) and Hurricane Lane (white cap)

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Considering the intensity of preparation for this Arc and the constant attention to so many of its main competitors, the postscript seemed oddly surreal, especially during a post-race press conference during which reporter Liz Price spoke to the winning coach and jockey. in German before translating their answers perfectly into French and then into English.

“It’s very difficult for me to understand – I can’t really digest that I won this race,” said Weiss, 44, assistant coach for 20 years before taking over the Mulheim yard from Jens Hirschberger at the end. 2019.

“We started planning the Arc last winter. I thought it was the strongest Arc in the last few years but still thought it deserved to go to the start. We would have been very happy s “he was third, fourth, fifth or 6. We would have considered that a success. The fact that he won is a bonus.

“You can’t go higher than the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. All coaches dream of it. That I won it is absolutely unreal.”

Not that Weiss was jumping for joy. Dressed in a sober black suit, he could have been mistaken for a low-key tax inspector. Nonetheless, although much more Ryan Moore than Frankie Dettori, he said his demeanor changed when the Torquator Tasso crossed the Longchamp winning line three-quarters length ahead of Tarnawa, who along with his eventual conqueror and Hurricane Lane , had only exceeded a long time. Chief Adayar just over half a furlong from home.

“During the race I was very calm,” Weiss admitted, before adding with a smile: “When we won I screamed but no one saw me.”

Piechulek was beaming positively. “There wasn’t a lot of pace in the race so I immediately tried to get a position with the leading horses,” said the 34-year-old. “I wanted to be in a place where, when we got into the straight, I could really throw my horse. The longer the straight, the better he gets better, so I wanted to use it to the fullest.

“I was honored just to be able to ride in the Arc. I want to thank the owners, breeders and the trainer for allowing me to ride the Torquator Tasso, even though I had never competed in the race. before. I can’t believe I won. Wait until tomorrow, then I might believe it.

Tarnawa coach Dermot Weld was already convinced. “It’s not a surprise,” he insisted. “I have the highest regard for German races. Every now and then they have a good horse.”

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Their last exceptionally good horse belongs in part to Helga Endres, 88, who, along with her husband, Peter-Michael Endres, is one of the forces behind Gestut Auenquelle, whose bristles won second place in the Deutsches Derby of the year. last.

Sadly, she was unable to step onto the winner’s podium, but instead stood close to him with the Arc’s silver trophy perched on her walker. Throughout the German national anthem, she sported a face that conveyed joy, as she had done when she was congratulated moments earlier by the Princess Royal.

“It’s fantastic – and, yes, I believe it,” she said. “I was so sure, so sure. He was number one so he came first in the parade and he also came first in the race. He’s always been number one for me. That horse is in my heart.

“I’m so happy I can’t believe it. I have a broken leg so there is not much I can do right now. I’ve been in sports all my life. I’m a skier and I never broke until I fell in the garden. The leg was already getting better. Now, thanks to this horse, it is much better. “

Find out more about the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe 2021:

“If we hadn’t had so much rain, we would have won” – Weld streets Tarnawa almost missed

Appleby points out lack of pace after Godolphin challenge takes off in the ground

“If the winner wasn’t 80-1 we would say this is the best Arc in decades”

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