A stunning result in Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (G1) at Longchamp, Paris:
Gestut Auenquelle's TORQUATOR TASSO, the German-bred whose odds floated as high as 80-1, stormed down the center to engage TARNAWA and HURRICANE LANE and ultimately surge past them, going on to win Europe's richest turf race by half a length.
The 4-year-old Colt trained by Marc Weiss became just the third German winner of the Arc. STAR APPEAL had won it in 1975 and DANEDREAM most recently in 2011.
The Breeder's Cup Challenge Series extended internationally for Arc day, with five Win and You're in Races throughout the card. The Arc was the premier piece, and granted its winner TORQUATOR TASSO an automatic start in the 2021 Breeder's Cup Turf (G1) on November 6th at Del Mar.
"That was beautiful." trainer Weiss said after the race. "He's a very nice horse, he's all heart. He's a very strong horse. That was amazing. Rene is a very cool jockey, very cool. It was his first ride in the race."
A weekend of substantial rain preceded Arc day, which must've delighted the connections of TORQUATOR TASSO, as their star colt does his best running over the heavy, wet turf. TORQUATOR TASSO was crowned Germany's top performer last year after capturing the Grosser Preis von Berlin (G1) and finishing second in the German Derby.
Sent off at odds of 71-1, and ridden by Arc debutante Rene Piechulek, TORQUATOR TASSO broke well and settled mid-pack, toward the outside of HURRICANE LANE and TARNAWA, while ADEYAR controlled the pace upfront.
ADEYAR was tracked by CHRONO GENESIS who raced a length back in second. The field of 14 raced compactly through Swinley Bottom with positions relatively unchanged.
When they turned for home, ADEYAR shot forward to a three length advantage but suddenly hit a wall and began to fade. TARNAWA and HURRICANE LANE weaved through traffic and burst forward once in the clear—matching strides, neck and neck, almost inseparable. But to their outside was a flying TORQUATOR TASSO who was finishing fastest of them all. With a determined rally, he charged up the center and got up on even terms with the dueling TARNAWA and HURRICANE LANE, and surged past them to cross the line half a length in front.
TARNAWA's head bob got her up for second, while HURRICANE LANE settled for third. The final time for the twelve furlongs over a course listed as heavy was 2:37.62. The replay is shown below:
"We would have been very happy if he'd finished third, fourth, fifth or sixth - we would have considered that a success," Weiss continued. "You can't really go higher than the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe - I've dreamt about it, and now I've won it. It's absolutely unreal."
Although TORQUATOR TASSO earned his spot in the Breeder's Cup Turf (G1), it's unlikely we'll see him at the surf. Trainer Weiss mentioned a possible trip for the Japan Cup.
TORQUATOR TASSO is a four-year-old son of ADLERFLUG out of TIJUANA by TOYLSOME. He scored his third Grade 1 victory and has finished in the top three in all seven Grade 1 attempts.
Source: Marcus Hersh, DRF, Jim Gluckson, Paulick Report, Jon Lees, Horse Racing Planet