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Dettori Confident Of Treve Victory
Frankie Dettori believes Treve is a worthy favourite as she prepares to make her British debut in tonight's Gr1 Prince of Wales's Stakes (2000m) at Royal Ascot, reports racinguk.com. Dettori missed the ride on Treve when she won last year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, but was back aboard the 4YO in her seasonal opener at Longchamp in April when beaten by Cirrus Des Aigles in the Gr1 Prix Ganay. "Group Ones are never easy to win, but she's a good horse and I can't wait to ride her. She's the one to beat," said Dettori. "The ground was very heavy in the Ganay, it swung it his (Cirrus Des Aigles') way unfortunately. It was her first race of the season, he'd had a race and perhaps he was more fit than me." Trainer Criquette Head-Maarek feels her filly is versatile regarding the trip, which is two furlongs shorter than the Arc. "It is difficult to say if this mile and a quarter is her best trip as she has showed a tremendous turn of speed over a mile and a half, won over a mile and broke the track record in last year's Prix de Diane (over an extended mile and a quarter)," she said. "I would love to have another Royal Ascot winner (Gold Splash in the 1993 Coronation Stakes was her only previous winner) especially with Treve because her sire, Motivator, stands at our family farm (Haras du Quesnay in Normandy). It is always a fantastic day whenever you win a race at Ascot." Treve faces a field of seven in tonight's Prince Of Wales's with the biggest threat, if there is one, likely to come from Gr1 winners The Fugue, Magician and Dank.