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Thursday 19 October 2017

Criquette answers all her critics

A few months back it would have been hard to predict that Treve would win a second Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, Sizing Europe would pip the ultra-impressive Galway Plate winner Road To Riches in the dying stride on his first run of the season, and Rebel Fitz would be setting his sights on a Grade One at Christmas.

Last weekend we got it all and it really was a good weekend for the sport.

Sizing Europe managed to win a fourth renewal of the Gowran Park Grade Two that will surely some day be named after him, while Mick Winters has done a good job in getting Rebel Fitz back to his classy old ways.

However, there is no doubt that the training performance of the weekend goes to Criquette Head-Maarek who guided Treve to her second Prix de l'Arc.

When the same filly ran at Ascot and looked to have a horrific action and then failed to win next time out, it looked like her best was behind her, but her trainer knew best.

Have no doubt, the rocky road that Treve and Head-Maarek endured from Ascot to Longchamp last Sunday may have been much smoother had connections made the decision not to run on ground that was clearly too quick and her father Alec Head didn't mind admitting that in the press conference after Sunday's win.

Alec Head suggested that if he had been in Ascot with his daughter that Treve would have never run on that occasion but after she cruised to victory in the richest race on turf, few were picking the negatives out of Ascot.

Regardless of how she suffered the setbacks, to get any horse back to that form on such a big stage, especially a filly, Criquette undoubtedly deserves all the credit that is going to come her way and fair play to her.

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