Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Preview – Sunday 7th October
Last updated: October 4, 2018 by Leon Marshal
Sunday’s Group 1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is the richest race in Europe with the winner earning over £2.5million. The race attracts the best middle-distance horses and has been won by many legends of the turf. Sea Bird won by six lengths in 1965 while two-time winners include Ribot (1955 and 1956), Alleged (1977 and 1978) and Treve (2013 and 2014).
Epsom Derby winners to score here include Mill Reef (1971), Lammtarra (1995), Sea Of Stars (2009) and Golden Horn (2015). One of the most popular winners in the history of the race was Dancing Brave in 1986, ridden by the late Pat Eddery. Andre Fabre is the most successful rider in the history of the race with seven winners, his most recent being Rail Link in 2006. Enable won the race last season for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori.
Enable favourite for second Arc victory
John Gosden produced Enable to win impressively at Kempton Park last month in her first appearance since winning this race last October. The daughter of Nathaniel was expected to be tested by King George runner-up Crystal Ocean but she brushed him aside to win by three and a half lengths. That run offers every encouragement that she could be as good as she was last season when beating Cloth Of Stars and Ulysses.
Enable’s closest market rival is Irish and Yorkshire Oaks winner Sea Of Class, supplemented for £107,000 after her most recent success. The daughter of Sea The Stars is trained by William Haggas and has won four of her five races, all on good to firm ground. She held Epsom Oaks winner Forever Together by a neck at the Curragh before quickening away from her rivals at York. That victory stamped her as the best three-year-old middle-distance filly of her generation.
St Leger winners have a woeful record in this race but that has not prevented Aidan O’Brien from declaring Kew Gardens. The Galileo colt got first run on Lah Ti Dar when beating that filly in the Doncaster Classic last month. He was well beaten at Epsom in June but has left that form well behind since. The St Leger is over a mile and three-quarters and puts the emphasis firmly on stamina.
Fabre saddles three in the Arc
Andre Fabre will run three horses in his bid for an eighth Arc victory. Waldgeist has been the best backed horse in the ante-post market, the winner of his last four races. He was narrowly beaten in last season’s French Derby before finishing fourth in the Irish Derby. He beat Coronet by a nose in the Group 1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud before beating stable companions Talismanic and Cloth Of Stars at Longchamp.
Talismanic also finished ahead of Cloth Of Stars at Chantilly in March before running poorly in the Dubai World Cup. He was given a 137-day break to recover from his exertions and returned with a victory at Deauville in August. This has been the aim all season for Cloth Of Stars and the five-year-old should be spot on after his run behind Waldgeist. He has now finished behind his stable mate in three consecutive outings.
Study Of Man beat Patascoy in the French Derby over an extended mile and a quarter in June. He was beaten at odds-on next time before finishing sixth to Roaring Lion in the Irish Champion Stakes. This will be his first attempt at a mile and a half. Capri was beaten over six lengths behind Waldgeist in the Prix Foy and finished last but one in this race a year ago.
Enable @Evens Bet365
Cloth Of Stars @50-1
Each-way 1/5 odds, 1,2,3
The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is due off at 3.05 at Longchamp on Sunday 7th October and will be televised live on ITV.