Soumillon hails 'unbeatable' Treve
Connections of the horses beaten by Treve in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe felt they ran onto an unbeatable rival on the day.
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For the second year in succession Christophe Soumillon rode Orfevre into second place but unlike 2012, was unable to offer any excuses.
He said: "This year he was feeling very well and I was confident. (But) with the weight (allowance) the older horses give to the three-year-olds it is quite difficult for them.
"We had a good run. I would have preferred to sit fifth or sixth with a stronger pace but I think Treve was unbeatable today.
"I was trying to give him a good blow coming into the straight, but Treve took off at the 350[-metre mark] and we couldn't follow her.
"I was hoping she would stop, but she didn't. "I think he's a great champion but unfortunately Treve was just too good.
"His attitude was really great, I'm very sorry for the Japanese fans, owners and trainers who want to win this beautiful race and keep finishing second."
Aidan O'Brien fielded two Classic winners in Investec Derby hero Ruler Of The World and St Leger winner Leading Light but neither could make the frame behind the impressive victor.
He said: "They've both run good races. It was messy but they finished off well and they are two nice horses to look forward to next season."