Prix ​​de l’Arc de Triomphe: Torquator Tasso rider Rene Piechulek gains confidence for ParisLongchamp title defense | Race News

Rene Piechulek thinks Torquator Tasso has every chance of successfully defending his Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe title in the fall.

The five-year-old was a shock 80/1 highlight winner at ParisLongchamp last year, triumphing at huge odds for trainer Marcel Weiss and rider Piechulek after winning the Group One Grosser Preis von Baden in the his warm-up.

Torquator Tasso disappointed on his return this season, but after finding winning form in a Group 2 in Hamburg he finished a fine second behind Pyledriver in the King George at Ascot last month on unsuitable ground.

A rehearsal in the Grosser Preis von Baden is next on the agenda on September 4, with Piechulek reporting that Adlerflug’s son is in fine form at home.

He said: “He’s fine. He’s fine. When he came back from King George, the coach was happy with him.

“He had a perfect race. Everyone was happy – the trainer, the owner and me. The next stage is Baden-Baden.

PJ McDonald hits the air as Pyledriver beats Torquator Tasso to win the King George at Ascot

“The plan is working at the moment. He knows he’s up for any race – a fast race, a slow race. He likes to race and likes loose ground. He’s a really good horse – he has won four Group 1s.

“I really can’t wait to get back to him in the Arc. You’d like to think he’d have every chance again.”

Torquator Tasso is an overall 7/1 chance for the Arc on October 1, live on Sky Sports Racing.

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