Talking Horses: shock winner makes waves but Arc misses travelling fans

By: Greg Wood Monday 4 October 2021

The 100th running of the Arc had a headline-making winner but Longchamp needs more punters to recover its former glow

The sound of silence is never an entirely satisfying postscript to a big race, not least on a grand occasion like the 100th running of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, and there can be little doubt that Torquator Tasso, the 69-1 winner (80-1 with British bookmakers) at Longchamp on Sunday, was fortunate to find the race unfolding as it did, with little pace for much of the way, and on desperate, holding ground which was an ideal match for his German pedigree.

But you could see him coming from some way out, and unlike several rivals – Hurricane Lane, perhaps, in particular – Rene Piechulek was able to set off on one long, uninterrupted run on the winner after turning for home in an ideal spot, not too far from the lead. And he was, after all, a dual winner at the highest level already, albeit in German Group Ones which most of us dismissed – rashly, as it turns out – as no match for an English Classic.

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