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We have free horse racing tips ahead of Europe's premier middle-distance contest - the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
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.

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One of the most fascinating things about the race is the clash of each new classic generation of three year olds with the older horses. Recently the advantage has been with the younger brigade, but the balance is never too far in one direction or the other. 
The leading trainer in the Arc is French legend Andre Fabre. With a whopping 21 straight French Trainers’ Titles, it is no surprise that Fabre leads the way in victories in his countries’ most famous race with seven wins between 1987 and 2006. 

French trainers do well in general, and surprisingly it is one of the few Group One races that Aidan O’ Brien has failed to dominate, with his single victory coming in 2007 with Dylan Thomas.

One factor that has been increasingly important is the draw. Longchamp is a right handed track, with a couple of turns on the course for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, meaning that a draw in single figures can be very advantageous. Those drawn wider risk being caught wide going into the turns, or else must drop in behind horses early. Coming from far back requires plenty of luck in running in what can be quite a rough race.

Despite this, the race rarely throws up a bad winner, and the vast majority of Arc winners were Group One winners before taking part in the race. Longchamp requires tactical speed, and one thing all winners have in common is a proper turn of foot at the end of the race.

Frankie Dettori riding Golden Horn to Arc success.


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.

Top 10 Arc winners - 1989 - 2010

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