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Super filly Zarkava storms to Arc victory - 2008-10-05

Sunday, 2008, October 5
Writing by Dave Thompson, editing by Justin Palmer

PARIS, Oct 5 (Reuters) - Super filly Zarkava, ridden by Christophe Soumillon, stormed to victory in the $5.58 million Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Sunday, the world's richest race on turf.

The hot favourite, overcoming fears about the softish ground, took up the running with 300 metres to go and quickly put the issue beyond doubt. She has now won all her seven races.

Trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre for the Aga Khan, Zarkava became the first filly to win the Arc since Urban Sea in 1993.

The runner-up spot went for the second year running to Youmzain, ridden by Richard Hills for English trainer Mick Channon.

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