Bookies hail tremendous Treve
Treve ran out a brilliant winner of the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Sunday but the result was not all bad news for the bookmakers.
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The unbeaten filly had been understandably popular in the ante-post markets but some punters started to desert her after she drew a supposedly bad draw in 15.
Thierry Jarnet's mount made light of that negative in a rough race to scoot clear of the well backed favourite Orfevre and William Hill have already installed her as the 2/1 favourite to retain her crown.
"Treve has beaten a vintage Arc field with consummate ease. Connections have spoken of their desire to run her as a four-year-old, words that will send a shiver down the spine of anyone owning a potential Arc runner next year. She looks unstoppable,'' said their spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.
Only three firms quoted a price about Treve retaining her crown in 2014, with bet365 offering 3/1 and Stan James 4/1.
The result was a good one for Sky Bet with Michael Shinners revealing that the firm had emerged unscathed from Treve's demolition of her rivals.
Shinners said: "The winner was a small loser in our day-of-race book but a winner in the ante-post market so we're just about level on the race. It was a breathtaking performance from Treve and I hope she stays in training next year as she's clearly a very, very smart filly."
StanJames and Ladbrokes were two of the firms counting the cost with the former's Rory Jiwani reporting that they had laid one large ante-post bet on Criquette Head-Maarek's filly.
Jiwani revealed, "In our day of race book, Treve was a good result as we'd set out to lay Orfevre heavily. But she was a big loser ante-post mainly thanks to one bet of £22,500 at 9/2.
"No doubt that punter will be cracking open the bubbly tonight after Treve kept up the excellent recent record of three-year-olds and fillies in the world's premier flat race."
It was a similar story at Ladbrokes with Alex Donohue commenting: "The Arc had been kind to us for the past couple of years so Treve's win brought our lucky run to an abrupt end. It would have been much worse had Orfevre won so we can't be too miserable.
"It's difficult to begrudge the Al Thani team their success given their phenomenal investment and punters are likely to enjoy many more big days with them in the years to come."
Orfevre was playing the bridesmaid for the second year in succession and William Hill have priced up the Japanese superstar at 8/1 to fill the same position in 2014. He is the same price in their outright market.
Earlier on the card, Indonesienne paid a handsome compliment to last week's impressive Newmarket winner Miss France when winning the Prix Marcel Boussac.
Christophe Ferland's juvenile filly was brushed aside by Miss France when the pair clashed at Chantilly in August at Listed level but she stepped up on that form with a gutsy performance in the Group One over a mile.
Sky Bet cut Miss France to 6/1 (from 8s) for the QIPCO 1000 Guineas while introducing Indonesienne into the betting at 20/1 but it was the performance of Longchamp runner-up Lesstalk In Paris (14/1) that caught the eye of the firm's Richard Horner.
"We have introduced Indonesienne at 20/1 for the 1000 Guineas but the runner-up, Lesstalk In Paris, looked the best horse in the race having been ridden just a bit too positively and we make her a 14/1 chance," he commented.
Those moves were, more or less, reflected across the firms with sportingbet a standout 7/1 about Miss France although BetVictor make Indonesienne just a 12/1 chance with the disappointing Sandiva out to 25s (Stan James and Winner) from 12s.
Their Charlie McCann said: "Indonesienne's win in the Marcel Boussac will be music to the ears of those who backed Miss France from 20s to 8/1 for the Guineas in the wake of her Oh So Sharp success last month.
"Miss France previously beat Indonesienne at Chantilly at the end of August, although she was in receipt of 4lbs from the runner up. Once again there is likely to be a very strong French challenge for the first fillies' classic of 2014."
Many pundits had felt that it wasn't a vintage renewal of the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere and reaction was fairly mooted to the victory of favourite Karakontie in the colt's Group One.
Sky Bet introduced Jonathan Pease's youngster into the QIPCO 2000 Guineas betting at 16/1 although BetVictor were more impressed with their initial quote four points shorter but Stan James appear to be happy to lay as much as they can with their quote of 50/1.
The final race on the star studded card was the Prix du Cadran which went to German stayer Altano.
William Hill introduced the winner into the betting for the Ascot Gold Cup at 8/1 but the German stayer is a general 12/1 chance.
Leading Light heads the betting for the Royal Ascot stamina test at 5/1 (general) with the reigning champion, Estimate, available at 6s (Stan James).