Treve’s jockey Thierry Jarnet to retire

Treve streaks to her 2014 Arc victory under Thierry Jarnet

PICTURE: Edward Whitaker ( Thierry Jarnet, rider
of Treve, set to retire By Peter Scargill 1:20PM 24 FEB 2017

THIERRY JARNET, who guided the remarkable Treve to back-to-back victories in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, is to retire, according to reports in the French press.

The jockey, 49, was crowned champion in France four years running from 1992 to 1995 and often shone in the top races, winning the Arc four times among a host of other major races.

According to Paris Turf, Jarnet has concerns about one of his knees and that it will not allow him to compete at the level his wants.

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Jarnet joined Andre Fabre as stable jockey in 1990 and claimed a number of top races for the trainer including his first Arc on Subotica in 1992 and the 1991 Champion Stakes on Tel Quel.

During a golden spell in his career he also claimed Group 1s on the likes of Victoire Bleue, Apple Tree, Arcangues, Pennekamp, Intrepidity, Sunshack, Moonlight Dance, Luna Wells, Nononito and Grape Tree Road before falling down the pecking order at Fabre's at the end of 1996.

He also claimed a second Arc in 1994 on Carnegie, but had to wait until 2013 to win the race again when he landed the first of his Arc victories on Treve.

Man in demand

Jarnet twice lost, and twice regained, the ride on Treve. He was initially replaced by Frankie Dettori after the filly was purchased by Sheikh Joaan Al Thani, but was called back into the saddle after Dettori broke his ankle in a fall just before the Arc.

Dettori returned to ride Treve in 2014, but after back-to-back defeats in the Prix Ganay and Prince of Wales's Stakes he was again replaced by Jarnet, who steered the filly to a blockbuster success in that year's Arc.

While he continued to ride in, and be successful in, top races in France after losing the main role with Fabre, Jarnet's career did not properly pick up again until he partnered with first Freddy Head and then his sister Criquette Head-Maarek, who trained Treve.

Jarnet rode the brilliant Moonlight Cloud to six Group 1 wins for Head, including three runnings of the Prix Maurice de Gheest, and also partnered Charm Spirit to victory in the 2014 Prix du Moulin for the same trainer.

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