Last weekend I travelled to Longchamp for a weekend of first class racing. To anyone considering attending the meeting next year, don't give it a second thought. Getting to the racecourse couldn't be easier with free buses running from Porte d'Auteuil, just off the metro. I would recommend you back anything you fancy before you go as I was stung by "first past the post", or lack thereof, on the French tote. They also don't take any chances with British horses at a price. I backed Vent De Force at around 12's & got a good run for my money finishing second. I got paid out at a sixth of the price at 2/1. I'm not sure what British bookmakers paid but it's was bound to be a better deal.
At around £11 a day for admission to the racecourse its exceedingly good value for money regarding the first class racing that's on offer. UK racing doesn't compare. You can pay £26 & up for an average day of racing at Perth racecourse (my local), it's a no brainer. Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe was undoubtedly the highlight of the weekend. Seems obvious, but who would have thought the French filly could do it again. After a disappointing couple of runs in the UK & France, deemed to be back & feet issues, she was hard to fancy. A lesson in training master class from Criquette Head-Maarek, overcoming the odds to get last year's Winner back on form. Nothing can be taken away from the way Treve did it, kicking on by two lengths there was no catching her, leaving the rest to fight it out for second spot. Thierry Jarnet delivered Treve at the perfect moment & when he asked her to put the race to bed, no one was going to catch her. Longchamp racecourse erupted with cheers for the filly & emotions ran high as Jarnet gestured cheers towards the 4 year old filly. A very nice end to the terrific filly's career & further cements her place in history. There's no doubt in my mind where I'll be in the first weekend of October 2015.