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Sakhee and jockey Frankie Dettori winning the 2001 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Results

Dateline: 10/07/01

In the 2001 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, Godolphin Racing's Sakhee captured Europe's biggest prize under a masterful ride by jockey Frankie Dettori. The win gave Dettori his 100th Group 1 victory. In the early going, 4-1 shot Saddler's Creek and huge longshot Anzillero led the procession around the huge Longchamp course, with Sakhee always close up in stalking position despite having to be rushed up early after breaking from the 15 hole. Foreign Affairs and Golan were also up near the front.

As the field raced down the backstretch, the quick pace took its toll and the early speed began to weaken, starting with Saddler's Creek who had dropped back to seventh in mid stretch and finished second last, beating only Chimes At Midnight who distanced as the 200-1 longest shot on the board. Anzillero earned the lead by default with 5f to go, but he too would tire and finish in 13th. Foreign Affairs, who had held fourth in the later stages, would fade at the top of the stretch and finish 10th.


Jockey Frankie Dettori celebrates his win in the 2001 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on favorite Sakhee.
Sakhee, however, would demonstrate his class and his deserving 2-1 favoritism in the field of 17. Leaving the weakening early speedsters in his wake, he took the lead at the top of the stretch. Closers Aquarelliste, who had been as far back as 10th, and Sagacity, coming from the back of the pack, also took advantage and made headway early in the stretch. But they were no match for Sakhee, who drew off in the final furlong to win by six convincing lengths in a final time of 2:36.10 for the 2400 meters over a soft course. Aquarelliste, the previously undefeated filly and 9-2 shot took second place, with 10-1 shot Sagacity a length back in third. Golan, who was also involved in the early pace, did well to finish fourth after having battled with the winner at a 1/4 mile to go.

Jockey Frankie Dettori aboard the winner said: "I was just the passenger. It was so easy, he could have gone around another time. He was a great horse, a beautiful horse to ride and very uncomplicated. I always thought that he was going to win this race but all I had to do was point him in the right direction."

Finish Horse Jockey Distance Back 3 Sakhee Dettori 17 Aquarellist Boeuf 6 lengths 10 Sagacity Take 1 lengths 15 Golan Fallon nose Final time: 2:26.10
Payoffs (based on 10F minimum): Gangnant 3 - 32F (win) Placé 3 - 20F (combo of place and show) 17 - 22F 10 - 54F Jumelé Gagnant 3-17 - 89F (exacta) Jumelé Placé 3-17 - 47F 3-10 - 240F 17-10 - 282F (this is like a quinella but your horses can finish in any of the top 3 positions) Trio 3-17-10 - 1,223F (trifecta)
Chart & Chart comments - from Racing Post


The finish of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe with Sakhee 6 lengths in front. Although he is alone in the photo, you can see how far back the rest of the field is in the big screen television. Owner Sheikh Mohammed said: "He is not yet in the same league as Dubai Millennium but he is a very good horse."


The trophy presentation. Trainer Saeed bin Suroor (far left) said that he will likely go on to the Dubai Champion Stakes at Newmarket instead of to the Breeders' Cup, citing distance concerns: "I still think that he is at his best over a mile and a quarter. We had to take our time with him, he had setbacks earlier this season, but we have always said that he is a good horse and he has proved himself."

Arc logo courtesy of France Galop, race photos by Bill Selwyn.

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