Japan's hope Makahiki finishes 14th, Team O'Brien completes 1-2-3 in Arc
Japanese Derby winner Makahiki failed to show his form in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on Sunday at Chantilly Racecourse, succumbing to 14th in a field of 16 horses. After winning the prep race, Prix Niel (G2), last month on the same Chantilly grounds, Makahiki was sent to post as one the top two favorites. However, starting from the No. 14 gate, the Deep Impact colt was forced to run wide with little cover and failed to show the burst that had given him five wins from six starts.
The other favorite, Ireland’s Postponed who had won six straight races going into the Arc, finished fifth, more than six lengths behind the winner, Ireland-trained Found.
The day belonged to Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien and his team of three horses in the field. Found, the 4-year-old mare and runnerup in all of her last five races, hugged the fence until the field hit the final straight, where she bursted between horses under Ryan Moore's guidance. Once she hit the front, the Galileo mare maintained her speed to hold off her stablemate and King George winner, Highland Reel, by 1 3/4 lengths, who was followed by her other stablemate, Order Of St George, by another 1 1/2 lengths.
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