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2019 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe meeting tips - Tips for the six Group Ones on Arc day at Longchamp

Enable winning last year's Arc at Longchamp.

Our expert takes a look through the betting for the six Group Ones on Arc day at Longchamp and provides readers with his tips.

I won’t waffle on about how big a day this is in the flat racing world, as we all know the history and prestige carried by the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and what Enable is trying to achieve. Around the feature race, there are five further Group Ones for viewers to enjoy and our expert has taken a look at each of them to provide readers with his top tips.

2019 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Meeting Day Two Tips

1:15pm Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac - Criterium des Pouliches (Group 1) (2yo Fillies) (Grande Course) (Turf) (2yo) 1m 


Considering the fantastic season Jessica Harrington has enjoyed with her juvenile fillies, the Cheveley Park-winning trainer will have been disappointed by Albigna’s performance in the Moyglare, where she finished sixth when starting as the favourite. Albigna is clearly the class angle here and could improve with the step up in trip, but I’d rather back MARIETA (8/1 Ladbrokes) at an each-way price.

Following an eight-length maiden triumph over six, Tony Piccone guided Marieta into the seven-furlong Prix du Calvados. Tropbeau proved a little too classy on the day, but Marieta ran well, bursting between runners to beat Walk In Marrakesh into second. 

The winner ran a fine race to place third in last weekend’s Cheveley Park and Mark Johnston’s third came up just a neck short in a Group One out in America. Marieta’s breeding suggests she should have no problem seeing out a mile and she’s been drawn kindly in stall three. 8/1 is a lovely each-way price in a fairly open renewal.

1:50pm Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere Sponsorise Par Manateq (Group 1) (2yo Colts & Fillies) (Grande Course) (2yo) 1m 


Armory won the battle for second behind the imperious Pinatubo in the National Stakes and he will undoubtedly improve again as he steps up to eight furlongs. I, however, would rather side with one of the unbeaten French colts ahead of him in the market and, while the market support is there for Victor Ludorum, I’ll be pinning by colours to ECRIVAIN (9/2 Unibet).

This son of Lope De Vega got up late in the day to win his maiden on soft ground at Deauville. Maxime Guyon then accompanied Ecrivain as he stepped up to Group Three company and Carlos Laffon-Parias will have been very impressed with his colt’s performance, where he defeated Hopeful and Charlie Appleby’s Al Dabaran quite comfortably to win the Prix des Chenes.

Unlike the favourite, Ecrivain has proven his quality in pattern-race company and he’s won around the tricky Grand Course here at Longchamp. There’s much more to come from this talented young miler.

Japan crosses the line at Longchamp to win the Grand Prix de Paris.

3:05pm Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Group 1) (3yo+ No Geldings) (Turf) (3yo+) 1m4f


I would dearly love to see Enable win a record-breaking third Arc on Sunday. However, considering many great horses have tried and failed to complete an Arc hat-trick and the poor record horses older than four have in the race, Enable offers little value from a punting stand-point.

I’ll be having a small each-way bet on French King (50/1 Unibet), as I think he’s been wildly underestimated considering what he’s achieved this season. My main punt, though, will be on JAPAN (6/1 Coral), who has progressed superbly as the season has played out and could still have more to give.

Aidan O’Brien’s colt has improved with every start this term and heads to Longchamp on the back of an excellent victory in the Juddmonte International. The form of that Group One hasn’t worked out particularly well, but Japan beat many top-quality operators that day, over a ten-furlong trip which seemed too short for a horse with confirmed mile-and-a-half staying power.

Japan has won here at Longchamp this season, sealing a rather snug victory in the Grand Prix de Paris. Ryan Moore has been drawn right on the shoulder of Frankie Dettori and Enable, so he’s perfectly placed to track Dettori’s early moves and pick the favourite off on the run to the line.

3:55pm Prix de l'Opera Longines (Group 1) (3yo+ Fillies & Mares) (Grande Course) (Turf) (3yo+) 1m2f


The bookmakers clearly think this year’s l’Opera is John Gosden’s for the taking, with two of his top fillies sitting happily atop the betting. Mehdaayih wouldn’t have looked out of place in the Arc, had she taken up her entry and the Cheshire Oaks winner could be tough to beat. That being said, I feel the progressive VILLA MARINA (20/1 Unibet) has been overlooked in the betting, after a cracking run behind Star Catcher in the Prix Vermeille and she will be much more comfortable back over ten furlongs.

Carlos Laffon-Parias rewarded his filly with a run in that Group One after watching her storm to victory over Edisa – who has since won the Oaks Invitational out in Belmont – in the Prix de Psyche. Olivier Peslier had to keep a lid on his mount as she trod a wide berth throughout the Vermeille, but Villa Marina picked up nicely when her jockey asked for an effort and did briefly run her way into second, before being relegated to fourth under the shadow of the post.

Returning to ten furlongs seems like a sensible plan and she will relish the extra cut in the ground here at Longchamp. Villa Marina offers stacks of each-way value at 20/1.

4:30pm Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp Longines (Group 1) (2yo+) (Sprint Course) (Turf) (2yo+) 5f


If I had to have an each-way punt here, I’d probably go with Invincible Army, who’s due a big run in a Group One and will relish the juicy turf at Longchamp. He will have to improve a considerable amount to beat BATTAASH (5/6 William Hill) though, who should be good enough to reclaim this title before heading off to the Breeders’ Cup.

Charlie Hills’ stable star looks to have matured this season. Where histrionics have plagued him in previous years, Battaash has been much more laid back now and recent results suggest he’s now at the peak of his powers. Hills’ five-year-old is capable of breaking track records on fast ground, but he’s also won twice on genuinely soft turf, including a sparkling victory in the Abbaye when it was staged at Chantilly two year’s ago. I don’t want to side against him.

5:05pm Qatar Prix de la Foret (Group 1) (3yo+) (New Course: 2nd Post) (Turf) (3yo+) 7f


City Light will garner the majority of the home support and last year’s surprise winner, One Master should be a significant player as she returns to her most suitable trip. The value bet here though, has to be GLORIOUS JOURNEY (14/1 Unibet), who beat three of the horses ahead of him in the betting at Newbury the last day and has clearly been laid out for a tilt at this title.

Charlie Appleby’s colt has won previously on French soil, powering home to claim a Group Three over a mile at Deauville last season. Glorious Journey was punted off the boards in the build-up to the Hungerford Stakes and went on to reward his backers handsomely, comfortably holding off Sir Dancealot, Safe Voyage and Hey Gaman in the Hungerford Stakes.

Glorious Journey loves soft ground, seven furlongs is clearly his perfect distance and he’s been pointed firmly at the Foret since that excellent victory at Newbury. 14/1 looks massive.

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