German filly Danedream is now worth many times her humble sales price and will remain in training with Peter Schiergen next year after her brilliant five-length victory in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
Supplemented for 100,000 euro ($A138,976) last week by her owners Gestt Burg Eberstein after winning Group Ones in Germany by similarly wide margins, she was far too good for her fellow females Shareta and Snow Fairy who followed her home in second and third.
Twice a Group One winner already this season, Danedream had a far more serious task on Sunday against the likes of Sarafina and Workforce – disappointing in seventh and 12th respectively – and she went off at 27-1 for French punters.
But to validate the effort, the three-year-old’s winning time of 2:24.49 was believed to be the fastest ever in the Arc.
Original owners the Volz family had recently sold a half-share to Japanese breeder Teruya Yoshida and Heiko Volz, son of Helmut, said: “We bought her at the breeze-up sale in Germany for 9,000 euro ($A12,508), and we just thought she would be a fun horse who could maybe win a race.
“She has just improved and improved, and now we’re here!”
“It’s the one everyone in the racing world wants to win, and for me it’s the number one race. I had two dreams, to win the Grosser Preis von Baden, and this race.
“She will stay in training next year with Peter, nothing will change. She has run seven times already this year, so I don’t think she needs to run again.”
Former Australian champion So You Think was staying on for fourth, with trainer Aidan O’Brien also saddling the fifth in St Nicholas Abbey.
So You Think remains a possible for the Breeders’ Cup.
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