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Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Tips

2018 Prix de 'Arc de Triomphe Final Field

*Number) NAME (draw), age, weight, trainer, jockey (best odds)*

1) DEFOE (18), 4, 9-5, Roger Varian, Andrea Atzeni (50/1 Ladbrokes)
2) SALOUEN (7), 4, 9-5, Sylvester Kirk, Oisin Murphy (100/1 William Hill)
3) CAPRI (4), 4, 9-5, Aidan O'Brien, Donnacha O'Brien (25/1 Coral)
4) WAY TO PARIS (10), 5, Antonio Marcialis, Gerald Mosse, (150/1 Ladbrokes)
5) WALDGEIST (13), 4, 9-5, Andre Fabre, Peirre-Charles Boudot (7/1 Betfair)
6) CLOTH OF STARS (9), 5, 9-5, Andre Fabre, Vincent Cheminaud (40/1 William Hill)
7) TALISMANIC (8), 5, 9-5, Andre Fabre, Mickael Barzalona (40/1 Ladbrokes)
8) TIBERIAN (5), 6, 9-5, Alain Couetil, William Buick (150/1 Betfair)
9) CLINCHER (1), 4, 9-5, Hiroshi Miyamoto, Yutaka Take (66/1 William Hill)
10) ENABLE (6), 4, 9-2, John Gosden, Frankie Dettori (11/10 Betfair)
11) NEUFBOSC (11), 3, 8-13, Mme Pia Brandt, Cristian Demuro (50/1 William Hill)
12) PATASCOY (2), 3, 8-13, X Thomas-Demeauite, Olivier Peslier (50/1 Coral)
13) KEW GARDENS (14), 3, 8-13, Aidan O'Brien, Ryan Moore (10/1 Betfair)
14) STUDY OF MAN (19), 3, 8-13, Pascal Bary, Stephane Pasquier (33/1 Ladbrokes)
15) LOUIS D'OR (17), 3, 8-13, T Castanheira, Antoine Hamelin (200/1 Coral)
16) HUNTING HORN (12), 3, 8-13, Aidan O'Brien, Seamie Heffernan (66/1 William Hill)
17) NELSON (3), 3, 8-13, Aidan O'Brien, Michael Hussey (200/1 Betfair)
18) MAGICAL (16), 3, 8-9, Aidan O'Brien, Wayne Lordan (50/1 William Hill)
19) SEA OF CLASS (15), 3, 8-9, William Haggas, James Doyle (7/2 Ladbrokes)

*Odds correct as of 5/10/18 at 13:00pm*

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2018 Prix de 'Arc de Triomphe Tips

This year’s race could turn into a showdown between Enable and Sea Of Class – the two stand-out fillies of their generations. However, considering there are question marks next to both and the considerable gap in the betting just begging to be exploited, I’m going to pin my hopes on KEW GARDENS giving the girls a run for their money.

Some may say this year’s St Leger wasn't a vintage renewal, but there’s no doubting the two who pulled clear at the head of the field are both of genuine Group One quality and Kew Gardens ran a great race to beat Lah Ti Dar at Doncaster. 

Since winning the Queen’s Vase, Kew Gardens has been in excellent form and boasts a Group One triumph on French soil to further bolster his claims. This trip may be a little short of ideal, but Order Of St George proved last season that top stayers can contend in the Arc and ground conditions at Chantilly should be ideal.

2018 Prix de 'Arc de Triomphe Festival Tips

Day One - Saturday

James Doyle pushed Brundtland straight to the front, as the Godolphin flag-bearer faced off against Arc contender, Neufbosc and Aidan O’Brien’s Hunting Horn. As the odds-on favourite began to struggle and eventually fell away, Hunting Horn laid down his challenge to Brundtland, but Appleby’s colt showed grit and determination beyond his experience to win the Prix Niel by a nose.

15 furlongs is unknown territory for Brundtland. However, his sire, Dubawi has spawned many top staying types and the tenacity in which Brundtland held some high-quality colts at bay to win the Niel makes me believe this trip could be right up his street.

Day Two - Sunday

With You was my selection when she sauntered to victory in the Prix Rothschild and her defeat to Alpha Centauri and Recoletos – who boosted the form by winning the Prix du Moulin – is another solid piece of Group One form. She, however, has failed to win over this ten furlong trip and there are others with proven stamina.

Urban Fox has been a little overlooked in the betting and offers plenty of each-way value. That being said, three-year-olds have beaten their elders in eight of the past ten renewal of the Opera and WILD ILLUSION looks to be the one to side with back on French soil.

Charlie Appleby’s filly was a 25/1 shot heading into last year’s Prix Marcel Boussac, but still managed to prove her class by claiming a maiden Group One win. After finishing fourth in the Guineas on her reappearance, Wild Illusion had to settle for second behind Forever Together in the Oaks, and second again as Magic Wand claimed victory in the Ribblesdale.

At Royal Ascot, Magic Wand had a distinct advantage. Wild Illusion was carrying a three-pound penalty over 12 furlongs, on ground which was always going to be a little quick. The weights will be level on Sunday and, if Wild Illusion can produce the same run which saw her score a dominant victory on the Nassau over this trip last time out, the Ribblesdale tables could be well and truly turned.

2018 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Preview

Interest is already gathering momentum in readiness for the latest Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, to be run at Longchamp Racecourse in October. The race was won last year by the John Gosden-trained Enable. 

Owned by Khalid Abdullah, Enable had been the long time ante post favourite for the 2018 version of the race, but went down with a knee problem in May and is not expected to run until August. Enable was aiming to be the eighth horse in history to win the race twice, and the seventh to win it two years in succession. 

With Enable's setback, her stablemate Cracksman has taken over at the top of the latest ante post betting lists. Both Cracksman and Enable are trained by Gosden, and if Enable does not make it to the start line then Frankie Dettori's choice of mount will become a much simpler one. 

Other names in the frame when it comes to the number one flat race in France include Masar, Poets Wood and Crystal Ocean.
The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe has developed over almost 100 years of its history to become the most prestigious prize for middle distance horses in Europe.

First run in 1920, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe was conceived after World War One, and seeing as the Arc de Triomphe was the scene of the victory march of the allies in 1919, it was fitting to name the race after it. Run over one mile and four furlongs at Longchamp racecourse in Paris, the race has been won by some great champions down through the years, and is the most valuable race run on turf in the world.

Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Betting Tips

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"Ce n'est pas une course, c'est un monument"

The history of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe can be traced back to two previous races. The governing body of French racing created the Grand Prix de Paris in 1863, a race for three-year-olds from all corners of the globe. In 1893 it created the Prix de Conseil Municipal, an event for the leading horses in any age group. 

The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe was created in 1930 as a companion race to the Prix de Conseil Municipal. It was named after the Arc de Triomphe, the scene of the Allies' victory parade in 1919 at the end of the First World War. It has been run every year since, with the exception of the years lost to World War II.

Longchamp Racecourse

2018 will see the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe return to Longchamp after two years at Chantilly while Longchamp has been closed for improvements. The flat racing course is noted for its many inter-locking circuits and climbs that act as a test for even the strongest thoroughbreds.

 The course was opened in 1857 with French president Napoleon III (nephew of Napoleon Boneparte) in attendance. The going at Longchamp is typically firm, although this may change due to the recent installation of a customised irrigation system.

Notable Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Winners

In the earlier years of the race, multiple winners were more common, but since the fifties, only Alleged (1977 and 1978) and Treve (2013 and 2014) have won the race more than once. That is in keeping with its status as the premier test of a thoroughbred over middle distances. In recent years the race has taken on more of an international flavour, with challengers from as far as Japan becoming a more common sight.

Looking through the roll of honour for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is a treat in itself for racing fans. Great Epsom Derby winners such as Mill Reef and Seabird have immortalised themselves by following Epsom success with victory against their older counterparts in this race, while Dancing Brave atoned for Epsom defeat when he showed a devastating turn of foot to win the race in 1986.

In 1993 the race was won by the Jean Lesbordes trained mare Urban Sea. She is widely renowned as one of the greatest broodmares of all time, with the mighty Galileo and Sea the Stars (himself an Arc winner) among her progeny.

Indeed, in recent times the race has been dominated by great mares, with Danedream landing an international victory for Germany, while Zarkava, Solemia and Treve (twice) have also struck blows for the fairer sex. Treve will go down in history as one of the greatest race mares of all time, with devastating Arc victories in 2013 and 2014, along with a brave fourth place finish in 2015.

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