2021 Arc Winner Torquator Tasso Retired To Stud

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing

Torquator Tasso

2021 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Torquator Tasso has been retired to stud after his latest run in the prestigious ParisLongchamp race when finishing a superb third when looking to retain his title.

A superb horse for trainer Marcel Weiss during the last few years the son of Adlerflug was seen 16 times during his career, going on to win six times but placing in all but two events during his career.

Torquator Tasso was known for being a mud lover over a staying trip and although having his knowledge, he went off the 2021 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at odds of 80/1 and caused a huge shock when seeing off the market rivals Tarnawa and Hurricane Lane to claim the biggest victory of his career.

With his season all tailored towards trying to retain his title in Paris at the start of October, this season he made his debut at Baden-Baden when needing the run massively.

Off the back of that he landed a Group Two at Hamburg and then went over to England for the Group One King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes and was a good second to Pyledriver.

Running once more before the Arc at Baden-Baden when second again in the Group One Grosser Preis von Baden, it was now all systems go to Paris.

Getting his preferred conditions for a second season running, he was unfortunately drawn in stall 18 and left with little to no chance but he ran a screamer to finish third behind Alpinista and French Derby winner Vadeni.

He will now be sent to stud where he will hopefully have as just a good career as his trainer said: “We are grateful that he enjoyed such an outstanding career and that he has come back safe and sound. We always said he would retire if he ran well.”

(Credit ATR) Looking back on his superb third in the Arc, Weiss added: “Frankie could not go forward too fast, otherwise Tasso would not have anything left at the end of the race.

“He rode exactly according to plan and did everything right.“He is the horse of a lifetime and deserves a long and happy career at stud.”

Overall, he landed three Group One races earning over £3.7million in prize money, making him the highest-earning German horse in history.