Treve wins the Prix de Diane Longines.
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Treve wins the Prix de Diane Longines.
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John Gilmore

Treve in French Oaks Surprise; Flotilla 8th

Motivator filly scores classic glory in her stakes debut June 16 at Chantilly.

Treve unleashed an explosive acceleration in the straight and won the Prix de Diane Longines (Fr-I), or French Oaks, in her stakes debut June 16 at Chantilly.

Haras du Quesnay's Motivator filly, lightly regarded at 9-1 odds, raced near the back of the field early and rapidly advanced to take the lead from Sage Melody 300 meters out. She drove clear to a four-length victory from maiden Chicquita (16-1), who rallied from last, with two-time group I winner Silasol (7-2) a short neck back in third.

Bidding for a second classic success after winning the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (Fr-I), or French One Thousand Guineas, last month, 2-1 favorite Flotilla was never a factor and finished eighth in the 11-horse field.

Treve won for the third time in as many career starts for trainer Criquette Head-Maarek, who enjoyed a third triumph in the classic following previous wins by Egyptband in 2000 and Harbour in 1982.

Ridden by Thierry Jarnet, Treve was timed in 2:03.77 for 2,100 meters (about 1 5/16 miles) on turf rated as good.

A winner going a mile in her only outing as juvenile last September at Longchamp, Treve scored by 3 1/2 lengths going the same distance May 15 at Saint-Cloud in her season debut. She stepped up to handily defeat much more accomplished rivals in the French Oaks.

A Head family homebred, Treve is out of the winning Anabaa mare Trevise, a full sister to United States stakes winner Tsigane, who was grade I-placed. Her second dam, Trevillari, is a full sister to French group I winner Treble. Fourth dam Trillion was champion in the United States and Europe. A half sister to French group II-placed Trois Rois, Treve failed to meet her reserve at the 2011 Arqana October yearling sale on a final bid of €22,000.

Motivator, an 11-year-old son of Montjeu, stands at Queen Elizabeth II's Royal Studs at Sandringham.