Found leads home Arc one-two-three for awesome O’Brien

Found: had finished second on her last five starts

PICTURE: Patrick McCann ( Found leads home Arc one-two-three for O'Brien
By Stuart Riley 3:10PM 2 OCT 2016

Report: France, Sunday

Chantilly: Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Group 1) 1m4f, 3yo+

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FOUND, so often the bridesmaid this season, enjoyed her finest hour as she led home an Aidan O'Brien-trained one-two-three in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Runner-up in the Tattersalls Gold Cup, Coronation Cup, Prince of Wales's Stakes, Yorkshire Oaks and Irish Champion Stakes on her last five starts, the 2014 Prix Marcel-Boussac winner got her head in front when it mattered most.

And she did it with style, bursting between horses under Ryan Moore to power clear of stablemate and King George winner Highland Reel, with Gold Cup hero Order Of St George claiming third. Siljan's Saga was the first horse not sired by Galileo to cross the line in fourth.

Settled in midfield off a far stronger pace than is sometimes the case in the Arc, Moore negotiated the perfect path round the inner on the long home bend, before angling out and threading the four-year-old filly through the narrowest of gaps between Order Of St George and Postponed and then flying past the fading pacesetter Vedevani as she powered to her crowning glory.

Last year she finished second in four Group 1s, before turning over the Derby, Eclipse, Irish Champion and Arc hero Golden Horn in the Breeders' Cup Turf. This time she claimed Europe's richest race for herself to take her tally of Group 1 victories to three.

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