Tiger Belle gained the third victory of her career when landing the Group 3 Prix d’Arenberg under Cristian Demuro for owners Shamrock Thoroughbreds in ParisLongchamp on Thursday last.
Having broken speedily from stall 2, the Cotai Glory filly raced into an early lead under Cristian before he asked her for an effort just under 300m out where she kicked clear and was able to fend off fast finishing English challenger Dawn Charger to win by a neck.
Speaking afterwards, Stephen Thorne said, “The draw was a huge factor and we wanted to take advantage of that. Cristian is a prolific rider in France and he has done exactly what we asked.
She’s a straightforward ride with a lot of gate speed and we used that to our advantage. We’re delighted. There’s a huge bunch of owners here today, a big syndicate, all supporting the filly.
She’s won her Listed and now her Group 3, and we have her entered in the Abbaye. The Platinum Queen won the Abbaye last year and she’s also by Cotai Glory. She’s not over-big but she’s got a big heart and you need a horse with plenty of speed for the Abbaye. She’s handled soft ground before, so we might be back here on Arc weekend.”