Sir Mark Prescott has won his first-ever Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at ParisLongchamp after Alpinista edged past Vadeni in the legendary French race.
Europe’s richest race had a very competitive 20-horse field and it was a thrilling contest over a mile and four furlongs.
On heavy ground, the five-year-old Alpinista always looked well placed to challenge with Japanese contender Titleholder setting the pace.
With one furlong to go, the grey mare nudged in front and jockey Luke Morris was able to steer her to victory, repelling the challenge of Coral-Eclipse winner Vadeni (8/1 to win Champions Stakes) while last year’s winner Torquator Tasso, ridden by Frankie Dettori, finished third.
It was the sixth consecutive Group One triumph for the Kirsten Rausing-owned charge, following on from victory in the Yorkshire Oaks at York.
She has also won three times in Germany as well as one at Saint-Cloud.
An emotional Prescott said it was was one of his greatest days in the sport and says Alpinista – who backed up her tag as ante-post favourite – is a joy to work with.
“It’s absolutely marvellous but the last 100 yards absolutely killed me. Such a relief she held on,” said the popular 74-year-old Newmarket-based trainer.
“Luke has ridden for us for 11 years and Miss Rausing has had horses with us for 36, so I’m very lucky. I trained her grandmother so it’s hard to think of a better day.
“It has been a great day. She does everything right, she made training easy, she’s got a little bit better every time.”