CHANTILLY, France — The 6-1 shot Found won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on Sunday, leading home a 1-2-3 for Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien in one of Europe’s most prestigious flat races.
Ridden by Ryan Moore, Found remained well positioned throughout and overhauled pacesetter Vedevani inside the final two furlongs and never looked like being caught at Chantilly.
“We’ve had our eye on this for a long time,” O’Brien said. “When Ryan rode (Found) as a two-year-old and said she could win an Arc, he was obviously right.”
Highland Reel, winner of the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot this summer, was second and Order Of St George, ridden by Frankie Dettori, was third.
“I’m so delighted for everyone. It’s a big team effort,” O’Brien said. “It’s a privilege to be here and be part of it. How can you see anything higher (in his career) than this? I couldn’t dream this would happen. You know how difficult the Arc is.”
The Roger Varian-trained Postponed was the 15-8 favorite and arrived unbeaten this campaign, but never challenged and finished fifth, while Japanese hope Makahiki was never in contention.
“It’s a feeling of disappointment as we went in hoping we would win, but the main thing is we still have a horse to go to war with and we can take him home and see how he comes out of it,” Varian said.