Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe – Race Preview

Sunday sees the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe taking place at Longchamp in Paris. Run over one and a half miles, the Arc is regarded as the most prestigious horse race in Europe and it has been won over the years by some of the greatest flat horses ever seen such as Mill Reef, Dancing Brave and Sea the Stars. This year’s renewal sees the filly Treve aiming for history, as she tries to win the race for a record-breaking third time having been successful the last two years.

Treve is the current ante-post favourite as she aims to write her name into horse racing history. Trained in France by Freddy Head, Treve comes into this year’s race in fantastic form having won all three of her races the season including a six length victory in the Prix Vermeil at Longchamp last month. With jockey Thierry Jarnet on board, Treve will take all the beating although the current drying ground at Longchamp is a slight concern with Treve preferring soft ground.

The Epsom Derby winner Golden Horn is trained in the UK by John Gosden and has been supplemented by connections to enter Sunday’s race. The leading three-year-old colt in Europe, Golden Horn followed up his Epsom win with victories in the Coral Eclipse and the Irish Champion Stakes but could only finish second in the Juddmonte at York in mid August, when beaten by 50/1 outsider Arabian Queen. With drying ground at Longchamp this week, Golden Horn has been well supported and is the current ante-post second favourite.

The Andre Fabre trained New Bay has also been in scintillating form this year, winning all three of his races including an easy victory at Longchamp last month in the Prix Niel. Fabre is the leading trainer in the Arc, having trained the winner six times, the last being Rail Link in 2006 and he will be hopefully that New Bay can give him his seventh success.

Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien’s only Arc success came in 2007 when Dylan Thomas took the spoils under jockey Kieren Fallon. O’Brien runs Found in this year’s race. Second behind Golden Horn in the Irish Champion Stakes, Found has been runner-up on four of her five runs this season. She does boast winning form at Longchamp however, successful in the Prix Marcel Boussac on Arc day last year.

Free Eagle is also trained in Ireland by trainer Dermot Weld. Winner of the Prince of Wales Stakes at Royal Ascot, Free Eagle finished third behind Golden Horn and Found in the Irish Champion Stakes but was badly hampered when challenging a furlong out. With a clear run on Sunday he could well make the frame.

Treve is the current 2.1 (11/10) favourite for Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe with Golden Horn 5 (5/1). New Bay is 5.5 (9/2), Free Eagle 17 (16/1) and Found 26 (25/1). The horse racing tips for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is Treve at 2.1 (11/10) and Found each-way at 26 (25/1).

By: Scott McGlynn


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