Trainer Criquette Head-Maarek is still abuzz over Treve's prospects
Last Updated: 16/09/13 1:00pm
Trainer Criquette Head-Maarek is still abuzz over Treve's prospects for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe after her impressive success in the Prix Vermeille on Sunday.
The three-year-old filly shot towards the forefront of the betting for Europe's premier middle-distance race after a startling display in the key Arc trial.
Frankie Dettori's companion came from a long way back in the Longchamp Group One, but Treve still struck by nearly two lengths in a quick time.
The unbeaten daughter of Motivator has already won on variants of ground in a four-race career, with her Chantilly-based handler convinced that the conditions will not be an issue back at Longchamp on October 6.
Head-Maarek said: "I do not think the ground was that soft in the Vermeille - it was sticky and a little bit yielding.
"She has won on soft and on good ground, so I would not be concerned about what it will be like on Arc day.
"I am always very relaxed when she runs. I think Treve was probably more nervous than her trainer at Longchamp.
"She looks perfectly fine, has eaten everything up and is perfect.
"We are now on the way to the Arc with her."
The Sheikh Joaan Al Thani-owned Treve will now have a short break before she returns to training for the Arc, for which she is the 9/2 second-favourite with Sky Bet behind last year's runner-up Orfevre.
Head-Maarek said: "When I returned home, I watched the race again and again and again on the television.
"She was fantastic and showed her tremendous turn of foot to everyone.
"We have obviously got to watch the other horses very carefully. Orfevre looked wonderful in the Prix Foy, and the other Japanese horse (Kizuna) was also very good in his trial (Prix Niel).
"We had the best time of all the races at Longchamp over that distance, though, so that might be very important.
"She will have a few days of rest now and then it is back to work."