Marvellous Treve

published: 04 Sep 2015 in Pedigree analysis

ON June 28 at Saint-Cloud Treve took a major step towards the completion of a remarkable historic feat. 

A comfortable victor over Flintshire, who was runner-up to her in last year’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe-Gr.1, in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud-Gr.1, the five year-old mare firmly established herself as favourite to capture a third running of the Arc.
  Bred by the Head family’s Haras du Quesnay in France, and trained by Alec Head’s daughter “Criquette” Head-Maarek, Treve made a fast and flawless rise to the top of the tree. Winner of her only start, going 1600m at Longchamp, at two, she returned to kick off her three year-old season with an easy victory over the same trip at Saint-Cloud. Jumping straight into classic competition on her third outing, Treve captured the Prix de Diane (the French Oaks-Gr.1) with an ease that belied the strength of the competition.
  In the rear early, she quickened away in the last furlong to score by four lengths. Behind her came the subsequent Irish Oaks-Gr.1 heroine Chicquita and Silasol, who had taken the Prix Saint-Alary-Gr.1 on her most recent start, while among those further down the field were Flotilla, previously successful in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf-Gr.1 and French 1000 Guineas-Gr.1, and the subsequent multiple Gr.1 scorer Esoterique.
  Away for three months, Treve tried 2400m for the first time in the Prix Vermeille-Gr.1, this time wearing the colours of Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani, who had purchased her privately from Haras du Quesnay after the French Oaks. Behind early, she carved her way through traffic to score by a very comfortable 1.75 lengths from the tough older mare Wild Coco. Then came her first Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe-Gr.1. 
  Three year-old fillies have often bloomed in the autumn at Longchamp, but few have ever been as dominant as Treve who was making only her fifth lifetime start. Running wide in midfield in the early stages, she threw down her challenge two furlongs out, and stormed clear to score by five lengths from Japanese superstar Orfevre and the French Derby-Gr.1 winner Intello. This effort earned Treve a position alongside Black Caviar as co-leader on the World Racehorse Rankings.
  Rather than resting on her laurels, Treve remained in training for a second crack at the Arc. This time, however, it was not all clear sailing, with some cracks appearing in the pedestal on which Treve had placed herself. She suffered the first defeat of her life on her reappearance, in the Prix Ganay-Gr.1, although it was no disgrace to go down by a short-neck to the redoubtable Cirrus des Aigles, himself a previous world-highweight, and one who had the benefit of a previous race that year. The nadir, however, had not yet been reached.
  Sent to Royal Ascot for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes-Gr.1 over 2000m, Treve could do little more than stay on at the same pace for third as The Fugue accounted for Magician by 1.75 lengths, with Treve another length away. Initially, her trainer suggested that Treve would be better suited by a return to 2400m, but her jockey had mentioned that Treve had never seemed to be travelling well, and subsequently it was discovered that she had pulled some muscles in her back.
  Away for three months, Treve could do no better than fourth, beaten around 1.5 lengths by long-shot Baltic Baroness, in the Prix Vermeille-Gr.1. While Criquette Head had warned that Treve would need the race, the verdict of the public in general was in, with the Racing Post summary, which stated “ . . . she just lacks the same brilliance of a year ago and it’s very hard to see her winning the Arc again, if indeed she even takes her chance”.
  Of course, Treve did indeed take her chance, and the race showed that she had finally returned to her magnificent best. As she had the previous year, Treve challenge from mid-pack two furlongs from home. She soon asserted herself, and was not troubled to score by two lengths from the Grand Prix de Paris-Gr.1 and Hong Kong Vase-Gr.1 captor Flintshire. They were followed by Taghrooda, who had been successful in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes-Gr.1 earlier in the year, and the St. Leger-Gr.1 victor Kingston Hill, with English Derby -Gr.1 winner Ruler of the World further down the field.
  It was initially announced that Treve would retire, but second thoughts prevailed with the result that she remained in training this year at the age of five. Thus, this May found her back in action in the 2100m Prix Corrida-Gr.2 where she scored a bloodless four length victory over Gr.1 winner We Are. Her Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud win was her only start since, and she’ll have one more outing before meeting her date with destiny at Longchamp.
  Treve’s performances mark a degree of redemption for her sire, Motivator, a horse who has suffered his share of disappointments both as a runner and a sire. A son of Montjeu, a horse who more than made his mark as a sire in the southern hemisphere, Motivator went two-for-two as a juvenile, the second of those successes coming in the Racing Post Trophy-Gr.1.
  Motivator kicked off his three year-old campaign with a win in the Dante Stakes-Gr.2, then took the English Derby-Gr.1 by six lengths from Walk In The Park and Dubawi. Undefeated and regarded at the time as an exceptional Derby winner, Motivator was never to win again, going down by narrow margins to Oratorio in the Eclipse Stakes-Gr.1 and Irish Champion Stakes-Gr.1 and finishing fifth in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe-Gr.1.
  Retired to stand at the Royal Studs, Sandringham, Norfolk, in 2006, Motivator made a relatively slow start as a sire, and his progress wasn’t helped when a tendon injury prevented him covering any mares in the 2010 season. His first Gr.1 winner Ridasiyna, who took the 2012 Prix de l’Opera, appeared in his third crop, and following her success, Motivator moved to stand at the Haras du Quesnay, near Deauville for the 2013 season onwards. He is now sire of 21 stakes winners from five crops, and in addition to Treve and Ridasiyna, 11 more of his offspring have won Group events.
  Treve is out of Trevise, a winning daughter of sprint champion Anabaa (Danzig), who like Treve’s paternal grandsire Montjeu (Sadler’s Wells), is a familiar name in Australia. In addition to Treve, Trevise is dam of the Hernando colt Trois Rois, a Listed winner and Group placed in France. Trevise is a sister to the good miler Tsigane, who took a pair of Listed races in California, and was third in the Shoemaker Mile-Gr.1 and stands in Australia. The second dam Trevillari, by Riverman out of the Lyphard mare Trevilla, is a sister to Treble, who took the Prix Saint-Alary-Gr.1 and to Sine Labe, the dam of European Champion Sprinter Tamarisk.
  Trevillari is also a three-quarter sister to the remarkable Triptych, a daughter of Riverman and Trevillari’s second dam Trillion (a Gr.1 winner in France and Champion Turf Mare in the US). One of the great Europe distaffers of the later half of the 20th century Triptych owned the remarkable record of having won a Gr.1 event every year from two to six, almost always running against colts. Nine of her victories came at Gr.1 level, including the Irish 2000 Guineas, Criterium des Pouliches, Champion Stakes (twice), Coronation Cup (twice), and Matchmaker International Stakes.
  Tragically, Triptych died at stud in the US, as a result of an accident in which she ran into a vehicle being driven in a paddock by a night watchman. In addition Trevillari is three-quarter related to Triptych’s sisters, Barger and Triple Couronne. Neither was as talented as Triptych, but Barger did take the Prix Vanteaux-Gr.3 and run third in the Prix Saint-Alary-Gr.1. 
At stud she produced Group winners Narrative and Baya, and among the notable runners produced by Barger’s daughters is Tawqeet, a Kingmambo son who captured the AJC Metropolitan Handicap-Gr.1 and Caulfield Cup-Gr.1.
  Triple Couronne was unraced, but appears as second dam of Amorama winner of the Del Mar Oaks-Gr.1 and John C. Mabee Handicap-Gr.1. She also appears as the third dam of the recent Prix Jean Romanet-Gr.1 scorer Odeliz.
  Treve’s fifth dam is the tough and accomplished US race mare Margarethen, also ancestress of English and Irish Derby-Gr.1 victor Generous and his classic-winning half-sister Imagine, and of Hong Kong Champion Bullish Luck. We can also note that Margarethen’s half-sister Tim Marie has exerted a considerable influence in Australia and New Zealand as ancestress of such as Brave Warrior (sire of Show a Heart), Shamekha, Rebel Raider, Shamoline Warrior, Savabill, Tropic Thunder, Rising Romance, A Little Kiss, Cat d’Antibes, Mossfun and Able One (a New Zealand-bred who was a star in Hong Kong).
  Treve is the product of a prolific cross, as Montjeu and his sons have sired at least 29 stakes winners out of Danzig-line mares, eight of them Gr.1, also including Treve’s French Oaks-Gr.1 victim, Chiquita, and the Rosehill Guineas-Gr.1 hero Volkstok’n’Barrell. Treve’s dam is also inbred to Riverman, a horse whose sire Never Bend is half-brother to Bold Reason, the broodmare sire of Montjeu’s sire Sadler’s Wells. Treve’s second dam is actually by a son of Never Bend, out of a mare bred on a Northern Dancer/Hail to Reason cross, where Sadler’s Wells is by Northern Dancer out of a mare by a Hail to Reason-sired half-brother to Never Bend. n