Longchamp Tips

Time Race Our Tip Place Bet
1:15pm  Prix jean Luc Lagardere  Nando Parrado Place Bet
1:50pm  Prix Marcel Boussac  Tiger Tanaka Place Bet
3:05pm  Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe  Sottsass Place Bet
3:50pm  Prix de L’Opera  Alpine Star Place Bet
4:25pm  Prix de L’Abbaye  Make A Challenge Place Bet
4:55pm  Prix de la Foret  Earthlight Place Bet

Longchamp Tips: Your Tipping Guide To France’s Big Horse Racing Event, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

Looking for this year’s Arc tips? Our experts will have every race of this autumn spectacular covered, providing ante-post tips, expert previews, breaking news stories and betting updates.

Longchamp Tips

Longchamp racecourse is famous for being the home of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, one of the richest turf races in the world. The Arc often features a clash between Classic winners from different generations and some of the finest racehorses in Europe. Notable past winners include Mill Reef (1971), Dancing Brave (1986), Sea The Stars (2009) and Enable (2017, 2018).

Arc day features six Group 1 races while other top Longchamp races include the French Guineas. Arc Trials Day in September often reveals leading contenders as the top trainers finalise their plans for the big race.

Prix de l’arc de Triomphe

The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is one of the most prestigious horse races in the world. It was first run in 1920 over the Classic distance of a mile and a half and is named after the famous Arc de Triomphe monument.

The Arc is the Autumn target for the top middle-distance horses from Europe and beyond. Enable became the eighth horse to win the race twice when successful in 2017 and 2018. Previous dual winners include Alleged (1977 and 1978) and Treve (2013 and 2014).

The Arc de Triomphe has been won by many of the top names in the history of the sport including Sea Bird (1965), Mill Reef (1971), Dancing Brave (1986) and Sea The Stars (2009). Frankie Dettori rode a record sixth Arc winner when Enable gained her second success. Andre Fabre is the leading trainer with Waldgeist securing an eighth Arc win for the stable when defeating Enable in 2019.

You should look for proven Group 1 winners for your Longchamp tips. Most recent winners had won at least once at this level and over the Arc distance. Fillies and mares have a fine recent record in the race including dual winners Treve and Enable. Japan have gone close here on several occasions, notably with the well-backed Orfevre who finished second in 2012.

This year’s race is regarded by many as a match between Enable and Aidan O’Brien’s brilliant Oaks winner Love. The latter has won three Group 1 races by an aggregate of more than 18 lengths this season. If she does have an Achilles heel, it could be the ground. She has looked much happier on genuine good ground and testing conditions would be a concern.

Horses aged three and four have dominated the Arc. Waldgeist bucked the trend in 2019, becoming only the fourth five-year-old to win in over 70 years. Six-year-olds Enable and Stradivarius are bidding to become the oldest winner since Motrico (aged seven) in 1932. 

Arc de Triomphe betting

Love and Enable dominate the Arc de Triomphe betting with Aidan O’Brien’s three-year-old now a clear market leader. Love cemented her position at the head of the market with a comfortable success in the Yorkshire Oaks in August and has been kept fresh for the Arc. Enable has also enjoyed a light campaign and warmed up for the big race with an effortless victory at Kempton in September.

Leading stayer Stradivarius has been generally priced at around 16-1 and shaped encouragingly when narrowly beaten by Anthony Van Dyck in the Prix Foy. He will be a popular each-way bet for Longchamp tips in a race where the presence of “the big two” could scare off the opposition. The smallest field in recent times was in 2008 when Rail Link defeated only seven rivals.

Arc de Triomphe Weekend day 1

There are two Group 1 races in the first day of Arc de Triomphe weekend; The Prix de Royallieu for fillies and mares and the Prix du Cadran for four-year-olds and upwards. The Prix de Royallieu is over a mile and three-quarters with British and Irish-trained runners filling the first five places in 2019. John Gosden’s Epsom Oaks winner Anapurna came out on top under Frankie Dettori.

The Prix du Cadran is over two and a half miles and is one of the top staying races of the year. Previous British-trained winners include Sergeant Cecil (2006) and Quest For More (2016). Day 1 also features the Group 2 Prix Dollar (1m 2f), Prix Daniel Wildenstein (1 mile) and Prix Chaudenay (2 miles).

Arc de Triomphe Weekend day 2

The second day of Arc de Triomphe weekend is one of the finest day’s racing anywhere in the world. The card boasts six Group 1 races, opening with the Prix Marcel Boussac for two-year-old fillies over a mile. British and Irish-trained runners have dominated this race in recent seasons, Jessica Harrington’s Albigna (2019) making it five wins in six years.

The Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere is open to colts and fillies and both races influence the betting on the English Classic races for the following season.  Overseas raiders have also enjoyed plenty of success in the Prix de l’Opera for fillies and mares. Recent winners include Rhododendron for Aidan O’Brien in 2017 and Wild Illusion for Charlie Appleby the following season.

You must go back to Wizz Kid in 2012 for the last French-trained winner of the Prix de l’Abbaye over five furlongs, a race monopolised by British and Irish-trained horses. Glass Slippers won last year for Kevin Ryan and is expected to line-up against 2017 winner Battaash this time around. The final Group 1 action is the Prix de la Foret over seven furlongs, won last year by trainer William Haggas with One Master.

Favourites have a poor recent record in Arc de Triomphe betting. Enable (2017 and 2018) is the only horse to win as market leader in the past ten seasons. Solemia started at 33-1 in 2012, following Danedream’s 20-1 surprise victory the previous year. 

Longchamp Racecourse

Longchamp racecourse is situated in Paris between the Bois de Boulogne and the Seine. There are frequent flights to the French capital from all major UK airports. The nearest metro stations are at Porte d’Auteuil and Porte Maillot with free shuttle buses operating on weekends and public holidays.

Longchamp Racecourse is one of the top tracks in Europe and hosts the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in early October. The course stages over half of the Group 1 races in France including the French 1000 and 2000 Guineas in May.

Other important meetings at Longchamp include the Grand Prix de Paris in mid-July and The Arc Trials in mid-September. The venue has undergone extensive improvements in recent years with the Arc temporarily transferred to Chantilly in 2017. The course re-opened in 2018 with an increased capacity of 50,000 spectators.

Check our other racecourse guides for the big up-coming meetings including the Champions day at Ascot.

Arc de Triomphe Tips

Love is the hot favourite in the Arc de Triomphe betting as she bids to extend her winning sequence to four. Highly regarded as a juvenile by Aidan O’Brien, she has been a revelation as a three-year-old. She powered clear to win the 1000 Guineas before turning the Epsom Oaks into a procession with a scintillating 9 lengths victory. Love was not extended when winning the Yorkshire Oaks by 5 lengths on her most recent start.

Enable will be a popular Longchamp tip as she bids for an unprecedented third Arc victory. Successful in 2017 and 2018, her hat-trick attempt was thwarted by Waldgeist 12 months’ ago. Connections sportingly kept her in training for another year and she cruised to easy victories against inferior rivals at Ascot and Kempton.

Stradivarius has dominated the stayers’ division for the past three seasons with three Ascot Gold Cups and four Goodwood Cups. The six-year-old ran a good trial over course and distance in September but it will be a surprise if he is fast enough to trouble the market leaders. Soft ground could bring his stamina into play.

Longchamp Racing Tips

Another exceptionally strong raiding party from Britain and Ireland is anticipated for Arc weekend. As well as dominating the Arc betting, they are at the head of the market in most of the Group 1 races.

One notable exception is the Prix du Cadran where last year’s runner-up Call The Wind is fancied to confirm the promise of his impressive win in the Prix Kergorlay at Deauville. John Gosden’s Enbihaar was a close third in last season’s Prix Royallieu and is likely to return to Longchamp for another crack at the Group 1 prize.

Space Blues is unbeaten this season for Godolphin, claiming his first Group 1 in the Prix Maurice de Gheest in August. The Prix de la Foret looks tailor-made for the son of Dubawi. His Highness The Aga Khan has a great history with Arc weekend and Prix Vermeille winner Tarnawa looks his best chance of a winner this year. Trainer Dermot Weld has several options for the filly but the Prix de l’Opera looks the obvious target.

Battaash has looked almost invincible this season and bids to confirm King George form with runner-up Glass Slippers in the Prix de l’Abbaye. One note of caution is that his two previous visits to Longchamp racecourse have ended in defeat. His 2017 victory in this race came at Chantilly and he ran inexplicably badly here 12 months’ ago.

Tips for Longchamp Today

Andre Fabre has a tremendous record on Arc weekend and rarely has a runner in a Group 1 unless it has a winning chance. Fabre’s runners are always worthy of consideration for Prix de l’arc de Triomphe tips. Top Jockeys to follow for your Longchamp bets include Pierre-Charles Boudot, Mickael Barzalona and Christophe Soumillon.

French races are invariably run at a steady gallop before quickening as they enter the home straight. A high draw is considered a disadvantage in big fields for the Arc. The riders face the dilemma of using their horse’s energy in the early stages to hold a position or risk dropping in and try to make up ground in the closing stages.

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