Danedream wins Arc de Triomphe for Germany

Danedream gave Germany its first Arc de Triomphe victory since Star Appeal in 1975 with a devastating performance at Longchamp on Sunday.

Danedream (3f Lomitas – Danedrop by Danehill) led home a trifecta for fillies winning by five lengths from Shareta (Sinndar) and Snow Fairy (Intikhab).  She clocked 2.24.49s for 2400m – the quickest time in Arc history.

Coolmore champion So You Think (NZ) did best of the colts in fourth place.  “The wide draw was a worry and he had quite a bit to do after getting back in the field,” Tom Magnier said.  “He lives to fight another day and, depending on how he comes through the race, might yet run in the Champion Stakes at Ascot or the Breeders’ Cup.”

Japanese breeder Teruya Yoshida bought a half share in Danedream on Friday from Gestüt Burg Eberstein, who purchased her for 9,000 euros as a yearling.  A G2 winner of the Italian Oaks in May 2010, Danedream was coming of G1 victories at Hoppegarten and Baden-Baden.  

Danedream’s sire Lomitas was put down in Germany last August.  He had been based at Sheikh Mohammed’s Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket for five seasons between 2002 and 2006 before returning to Gestut Fährhof.

Lomitas (Niniski) was Germany’s Champion 2YO in 1990 and started favourite for the following year’s German 2000 Guineas but he refused to enter the stalls.

After horse whisperer Monty Roberts exorcised his demons, Lomitas carried Gestut Fährhof’s colours to Group 1 wins in the Grosser Preis der Berliner Bank, Grosser Preis von Baden and Europa-Preis.  

At stud, his best son Silvano won the Arlington Million and HKJC Queen Elizabeth II Cup.  He was also the sire of  German 2000 Guineas winner Sumitas and German Derby winner Belenus.

Danedream climaxed a magnificent day’s racing at Longchamp.  There were seven Group 1 events on the Arc card starting with Kasbah Bliss (Kahyasi) in the Prix du Cadran.

Tangerine Trees won the premier sprint in France in the Prix de l’Abbaye.  He is a son of former Roseneath Stud shuttler Mind Games.

Elusive Kate completed an international G1 double for Elusive Quality in the Prix Marcel Boussac.  The former Darley shuttler is also the sire of G1 MVRC Manikato Stakes winner Sepoy.

Dabirsim (Hat Trick) confirmed his championship qualities in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere.  The son of a one-time Independent Stallions shuttler had won the G1 Prix Morny at Deauville in August.

Dream Ahead (Diktat), who opened his G1 account in the 2010 Prix Morny, defeated champion mare Goldikova by a head in the Prix de la Foret.

And Nahrain (Selkirk) stretched her unbeaten record to four with a narrow victory over Announce in the Prix de l’Opera.  The runner-up is also by Lanwades Stud sire Selkirk.