Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, 3.05 at Longchamp, 6 October 2019
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
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Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe 2019 Tips and Preview
The first Sunday in October is a date marked in the diary of many a racing fan, signalling what is one of the real highlights of the flat racing season. Longchamp is the stage for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe which, with over £4.5million in total prize money up for grabs, is now the second richest turf race run anywhere in the world.
The race commonly known simply as “The Arc”, may not bestow quite the breeding prestige upon its winner as the Epsom Derby for example, but for many, it is now THE 1m4f championship event of the season. Open to all colts, fillies and mares aged three and older, here we do really get to see who is the best of the best. The 2019 edition of the race looks to be a cracker, and potentially a truly historic occasion…..
Electric Enable To Make It Three?
Eight stars of the turf have landed this excellent event on two separate occasions in the past, but none have yet managed to pass the winning post in front for a third time. Superstar mare Treve was the last to attempt the feat – coming home in fourth in 2015 following back to back wins in the two previous editions – and this year it is the turn of possibly the greatest mare of modern times – Enable.
This John Gosden trained star was 2½l too good for the field back in 2017, before hanging on grimly by a short neck from the ill-fated Sea Of Class twelve months ago. That narrow margin of victory may put people off backing the daughter of Nathaniel at odds on (10/11 with bet365) but it should be remembered that she did endure something of an injury hit preparation in 2018.
All appears to be going swimmingly this time around, and with wins in the Coral-Eclipse, King George, and Yorkshire Oaks already under her belt this season, she arrives in great heart and is the one to beat. Jockey Frankie Dettori was struggling to fight back the tears following that recent Yorkshire Oaks success, and the floodgates may well and truly open should she pull this one off.
Japan To Win It At Last?
Japan is a nation which loves its horse racing, and there are few prizes our friends in the east covet so intensely as the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. They haven’t quite managed to win the race yet, although they have had a few near misses – the frontrunning El Condor Pasa being reeled in close home by the brilliant Montjeu in 1999 springing to mind.
The Japanese trainers are well represented amongst the current entries once again in 2019, with the Grade 1 winning duo of Deirdre (33/1 with Ladbrokes) and Blast Onepiece (25/1 with bet365) looking to boast the best form claims. Both are amongst the outsiders though, and it seems more likely that the race may fall to a horse going by the name of Japan, rather than one trained there.
The rumours at the start of the season suggested that Japan was the best of the Aidan O’Brien trained three year olds, and whilst it has taken a while to come to fruition – only fourth in the Dante, and third in the Derby – those initial murmurings now appear to have been correct.
Already a course and distance winner having landed the Grand Prix De Paris here, he again showed his class when mastering Crystal Ocean over 1m2f in the Juddmonte Interntianal at York last time out. This son of Galileo appears to be improving at a rate of knots and – receiving weight from his elders – may prove the biggest threat to the favourite. At 7/1 with Ladbrokes, he looks a solid each way option.
Jean-Claude To Break Arc Duck?
Jean-Claude Rouget has been one of the top trainers on the other side of the Channel for some time now, having claimed most – if not all – of the major French Group 1’s over the years. He hasn’t yet sent out the winner in this, but if the prize is to stay on home soil this year, it may be he who boasts the strongest claims.
Rouget’s runner, Sottsass, wasn’t particularly well fancied ahead of the French Derby at Chantilly in June, having only previously won in Listed company, but he proved well up to Group 1 level on the day. Powering right away from the extremely highly regarded Persian King to score by an easy 2l, he looked a potential superstar in the making. We haven’t seen him since that race, but one benefit of that will be that he arrives here fresher than most. Likely to be suited by this step up in trip, he looks a danger to all at 8/1 with Coral.
Best Of The Rest
The winner seems most likely to come from the three runners mentioned above, but there are plenty of others who connections will believe are in with a chance.
John Gosden’s Anapurna (20/1 with Ladbrokes) merits plenty of respect having landed this seasons Oaks in most tenacious style, whilst the consistent Waldgeist (16/1 with BetVictor) ought to go well for Andre Fabre, having finished a close fourth in the race twelve months ago.
Crystal Ocean (7/1 with Ladbrokes) has already had his heart broken by both Enable and Japan this season, but looks set to return for another crack. It’s also hard to discount Ghaiyyath (10/1 with Coral) for Godolphin following his 14 length romp in a German Group 1 last time out.
All in all, this looks to be building up to be one of the races of the season yet again.
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Previous Winners
- 2018 – Enable – jockey Frankie Dettori, trainer John Gosden
- 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 is ahead of the pack with his fifth and sixth victories in 2017 and 2018 on John Gosden’s Enable.