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The 100th edition of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, Europe's richest race worth more than $A8m, produced one of the race's most sensational upsets when Torquator Tasso achieved an 80-1 upset at ParisLongchamp.
The Marcel Weiss-trained colt pounced late in the hands of Rene Piechulek to win from Dermot Weld's Tarnawa and the Charlie Appleby-trained Hurricane Lane, whose stablemate Adayar was fourth after leading for much of the way.
It was the third German success in the mile-and-a-half race after Danedream in 2011 and Star Appeal in 1975.
Mojo Star and Hurricane Lane broke well from their inside draws, but William Buck soon hit the front on the free-running Adayar.
The Derby and King George hero entered the straight a few lengths to the good, but he tired in the final furlong. Tarnawa and Hurricane Lane came on strong towards the inside - but Torquator Tasso was the last to challenge and nabbed the pair in the dying strides.
Weiss, a former assistant to Jens Hershberger, is in just his second year with a licence.
He trains 50 kilometres from Mulheim and is a private trainer for owner Gestut Auenquelle.
Weiss said: "That was beautiful. He's a very nice horse, he's all heart.
"He's a very strong horse. That was amazing.
"Rene is a very cool jockey, very cool. It was his first ride in the race."
It was not to be for Tarnawa, who is now likely to defend her Breeders' Cup Turf crown at Del Mar.
Weld said of Christophe Soumillon's mount: "We know the speed she has, but she just couldn't quicken in the gluey ground." The Irishman added: "Second is a lonely place."