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Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Tips

Trying to figure out who to back in this year's Arc? Our expert will preview Europe's biggest flat race, provide readers with their tips, as well as covering every race during Longchamp's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Festival.
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2019 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Ante-Post Tips

Watching Enable seal a history-making hat-trick of victories at Longchamp would be something incredible to behold. However, her odds-on price is offputting, considering the fact that no other horse has managed to win three Arc's on the bounce and that five-year-olds have only come out on top six times in nearly 100 years.

So, I'm going to take Enable on and the most obvious challenger to oppose her with is Aidan O'Brien's JAPAN, who has done nothing but improve in 2019.

Three-year-olds have won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 18 of the last 25 seasons and, in Japan, we have a three-year-old in this year’s renewal who can test, or maybe even beat, the great Enable.

READ: Jon's full preview plus a 50/1 outsider to watch...
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

"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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