This winter, Trêve started the next chapter of her legacy, and she chose to do it in a unique fashion. Most mares will foal during the night, but in February Trêve produced a colt by Dubawi in the middle of the day.
“Not many mares foal at lunch time,” Jeffroy said. “I guess she is special, and she decided to stay that way. She is a great mother and gave a lot of attention to her foal. We sent her to Dubawi because physically she needs a horse that gives strength and power, and Dubawi is a proven stallion at the highest level.”
Both mother and son progressed well throughout the spring, and Al Shaqab announced in July that the foal, who will not be offered for sale, was successfully weaned from Trêve.
“Her foal is doing great and he has three other friends, who are well-bred, too, out of Zagora, Iltemas, and Barenia,” said Jeffroy. “As for Trêve, now she spends 24 hours a day enjoying the early autumn with her friend Iltemas.
“She is of course the most important mare here, but we treat her as any other horse. She is a horse, so we let her be a horse. She is out in her paddock all day and has the same routine but nothing special compared to other mares here.”
Trêve is back in foal to Al Shaqab’s multiple Group 1 winner Shalaa, who just finished his first season at stud, and she is due in March.
“Sending her to Shalaa was just a no-brainer,” Jeffroy said. “They matched physically, and he will bring some precocity to her. And why not breed our best two racehorses to each other? We all hope that she will give us a nice foal next year, and we are only starting to think about her potential stallion for 2018.”
Of the 20 fillies and mares to win the Arc since it was first held in 1920, only two have gone on to produce an Arc winner themselves: Detroit and Urban Sea. Detroit won the famed French race in 1980, and her son Carnegie followed suit in 1994. However, it is Urban Sea, an unexpected winner in 1993, who proved to be a great broodmare.
Urban Sea left her mark as the dam of two Epsom Derby winners, Galileo and the 2009 European Horse of the Year, Sea the Stars. Sea the Stars also won the Arc, but it was Galileo who rewrote the stud book. Generally accepted as the best stallion in the world, Galileo sired the first three finishers in last year’s Arc: Found, Highland Reel, and Order of St George.
Zarkava, who won the Arc in 2008, is expected to be represented in this year’s race by her Group 1-winning son Zarak, sired by Dubawi, so she could join the company of Detroit and Urban Sea.
Those at Haras de Bouquetot are aware of the realities of the breeding game but remain optimistic about Trêve’s career as a broodmare.
“There is no extra pressure,” Jeffroy said. “We can only hope she follows in the steps of Arc winners like Urban Sea or Detroit. As we all know, breeding is tough and hopefully she can give us another champion, but that’s the future nobody knows. If one of her foals would run in the Arc, it would already be a small victory, and imagine if he or she wins.”
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