Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, 3.00 at Longchamp, 7 October 2018
Each year on the first Sunday of October we have one of the real treats of the racing year, as the best 1m4f performers in the world congregate in France, this year at Longchamp, for what for many is the world’s championship middle distance event. Here we take a look at the best odds and offers surrounding the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and provide our betting tips for the race.
This 1m4f Group 1 contest for runners aged three and older was first run at Longchamp in 1920. The €5 million in total prize money now on offer make this the richest turf race in the world, and not far behind the Dubai World Cup and Pegasus World Cup.
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Betting Tips
Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
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Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe 2018 Tips and Preview
The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is one of the key races towards the end of the flat racing season. Trainers of many of the leading middle distance horses of the season have been targeting the Arc for a while now and a suitably strong field will be assembled at Longchamp on Sunday afternoon. The strength in depth of this field is impressive but it’s the battle between the two fillies who top the betting – Enable and Sea Of Class – that is most exciting punters.
Sea Of Class to Have the Edge
Enable was the standout three-year-old filly of last year. She finished off an incredibly successful season which saw her win the Oaks, Irish Oaks, King George and the Yorkshire Oaks by triumphing in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Hopes were high that she would secure even more Group 1 wins this season but her victory on the all weather at Kempton a month ago is her only appearance of 2018 so far.
Enable’s lack of appearances this season were down to problems with her knees but racing fans were blown away by just how well she looked at Kempton and she was immediately cut into favouritism for the Arc. Her position at the top of the market has not changed but there is a real chance she will find Sea Of Class just a little too good at Longchamp.
Sea Of Class didn’t make any appearances as a juvenile but William Haggas’ filly wasted little time showing just how good she is. After losing by a neck on debut at Newmarket, Sea Of Class has won four on the spin, including twice at Group 1 level. The incredible burst through the field at the Curragh to pip Forever Together (who unfortunately won’t be making the trip to Longchamp) by a neck showed that she has the stomach for a fight and a frightening turn pace and she showed she can control a Group 1 race last time out in the Yorkshire Oaks.
Sea Of Class has steadily improved with every performance. Enable will be the biggest challenge of her career so far but the younger horse can rise to occasion by winning at a good price of 7/2 with bet365.
Capri to Improve from Recent Longchamp Outing
Capri, last year’s winner of the St Leger, turned up to Longchamp last month in dire need of a run. He hadn’t been seen since winning on heavy ground at Naas so it wasn’t a surprise that he finished towards the back of the field in the Prix Foy. Aidan O’Brien was happy just for Capri to blow away the cobwebs and he’ll believe that his four-year-old has what it takes to be a real contender on Sunday.
As you can tell from the odds of 40/1 that Coral are quoting about Capri’s chances, he’ll need to improve considerably from last time out. That’s well within this impressive horse’s capabilities as is a place at a generous price so back Capri each way.
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Previous Winners
- 2017 – Enable – jockey Frankie Dettori, trainer John Gosden
- 2016 – Found – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2015 – Golden Horn – jockey Frankie Dettori, trainer John Gosden
- 2014 – Treve – jockey Thierry Jarnet, trainer Criquette Head-Maarek
- 2013 – Treve – jockey Thierry Jarnet, trainer Criquette Head-Maarek
- 2012 – Solemia – jockey Olivier Peslier, trainer Carlos Laffon-Parias
- 2011 – Danedream – jockey Andrasch Starke, trainer Peter Schiergen
- 2010 – Workforce – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Sir Michael Stoute
- 2009 – Sea The Stars – jockey Michael Kinane, trainer John Oxx
- 2008 – Zarkava – jockey Christophe Soumillon, trainer Alain de Royer-Dupré
- 2007 – Dylan Thomas – jockey Kieren Fallon, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2006 – Rail Link – jockey Stéphane Pasquier, trainer André Fabre
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe History
With the inaugural running of this race in 1920 coming so soon after the end of the First World War, the title was chosen as a nod to the famous war monument in the French capital which was also the scene of a post war victory parade.
The concept for this contest was to create a race which allowed the best of the best to compete, on non-handicap terms, over the championship distance of 1m4f. Having grown to become the most prestigious – and with €5 million in prize money, also the richest – turf race in the world, “the Arc” has certainly delivered on its initial aim.
To look through the previous winners here is akin to taking a journey through a list of some of the greatest racehorses of the past century. Sea Bird (1965), Mill Reef (1971), Dancing Brave (1986), Montjeu (1999), Zarkava (2008), and Sea The Stars (2009) are just a few of the names to stand out.
To win Europe’s mile and a half championship once is no small feat, to do so twice therefore is an achievement worthy of considerable acclaim. As of 2015 seven horses had twice had their name added to the Arc roll of honour. Ksar was the first, winning in 1920 and 1921, being followed by the likes of the greatest Italian horse of all time, Ribot in 1955 and 1956 and the sensational filly Treve in 2013 and 2014.
Motrico deserves special mention as the only horse in history to reclaim the prize having lost it. Retired to stud following his victory here in 1930 he missed the 1931 edition, however having failed to produce the desired results in his stallion duties he was returned to the track in 1932, where he showed he still had what it takes on the track at least. Motrico was seven years old at the time of that second win, no other horse older than five has ever won this race.
Overall this has been a race in which the younger runners have fared particularly well. Of the first 94 editions, 59 were won by a three year old, 27 by a four year old, and only eight by a runner aged five or older.
The great French trainer André Fabre is out on his own as the most successful handler in the history of the race, with seven wins between 1987 and 2006.
Olivier Peslier was the man in the saddle for the Fabre trained winners Peintre Celebre (1997) and Sagamix (1998). With two further victories to his name, Peslier is included in the group of jockeys who have won this race four times. Jacques Doyasbére, Freddy Head, Yves Saint-Martin, Pat Eddery, Thierry Jarnet are the other members of this elite club. But it is Frankie Dettori who edged ahead of the pack with his fifth victory in 2017 on John Gosden’s Enable.