Olivier Peslier capped off a fine day at Longchamp with a historic win on Solemia in the Prix L’Arc de Triomphe.
The 33-1 outsider bolted up on the outside of on-course favourite Orfevre who had come to lead in the final two furlongs.
Peslier won the Prix Marcel Boussac earlier in the day on board 10-1 shot Silasol, setting up a double for trainer Carlos Laffon-Parais.
Christophe Soumillon and Orfervre looked to have timed the run to perfection but Peslier’s mount kept on strongly to deny Japan a first ever Arc.
Mickael Barzalona sent 11-1 Masterstroke after Orfevre before Solemia’s challenge but the young jockey had to settle for third on the Andre Fabre-trained colt.
Some bookmakers paid out on fourth place and many punters who had 150-1 shot Haya Landa would have been laughing as jockey Franck Blondel ensured he was next in after the top three.
Aidan O’Brien’s Camelot was a disappointing seventh although part owner Derrick Smith attested it to a long hard season coupled with soft ground in France.
Smith said: “I think it was the combination of a long season and the ground but we look forward to next year as I think the plan is to stay in training.”
Camelot finished just ahead of Sir Michael Stoute’s Sea Moon and Prince Khalid Abdullah racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe also spoke of the very soft ground in Paris.
“He ran an honest race,” said Grimthorpe. “The draw didn’t help but he had a reasonably good run up the inner if he had been good enough. It’s specialist ground out there.”
It wasn’t a vintage Arc day as from nine races only two favourites lived up to their tag as the ground played havoc with many of the top horses.
The two favourites saw Richard Hughes win on Olympic Glory (6-4) for Richard Hannon as William Buick drove home Gordon Lord Byron (5-2) for Tom Hogan.
Prix L’Arc De Triomphe: Results
1. Solemia 33-1
2. Orfevre 4-1 Fav
3. Masterstroke 11-1
4. Haya Landa 150-1