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Jarnet: Arc May Be Too Much For Horn
Treve's jockey Thierry Jarnet has dismissed claims from Golden Horn's owner-breeder Anthony Oppenheimer that his star colt could easily beat Treve in Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp, reports Sky Sports. Speaking to At The Races, a remarkably confident Oppenheimer said: "If we had good to firm ground, I think we'd win easily. I think we've got a great chance." He added: "Treve is not that mad on really good ground and is not that brilliant. I would be very surprised if we couldn't beat her and beat her quite well - that's on good ground, not soft." After partnering Treve in her final piece of serious work on Tuesday morning, Jarnet said: "I'm not so sure about that. When I saw his [Golden Horn] last race, I was not that impressed." He added: "Yes, he wins like a good horse, like a tough horse, but now he has run many times already this season and we will see if the Arc might not be one race too many for him." Treve will bid to become the first horse in history to win three Arcs on Sunday, but Jarnet says he is concentrating on the race itself. "It (winning three Arcs) has never been done before. However, it is not my priority," he said. "The most important thing for me is that everything goes well. We would obviously like to fulfil our dream and to win it." On hand to supervise Treve's final workout was trainer Criquette Head-Maarek, who commented: "My impression is good. She is well, she was not pulling, she was very relaxed. The pacemaker was going a good pace and she came very easy. Thierry thinks she is in top form, so let's keep our fingers crossed."