Frankie Dettori’s Top 4 Rides on Arc Weekend

Frankie Dettori celebrates winning the 2018 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe aboard Enable.Frankie Dettori celebrates winning the 2018 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe aboard Enable.

Four of Frankie Dettori’s strongest chances at Longchamp this weekend

Frankie Dettori is one of the headline acts on any racecard, and that also applied to some of the biggest race days across Europe. He heads over to France this weekend for Longchamp’s two-day Arc meeting. Here at Racing Tips, we have identified four of Dettori’s top chances on Arc weekend.


STRADIVARIUS – (Saturday, 2:15pm, Prix du Cadran)

Frankie Dettori looks set to partner up with old ally STRADIVARIUS in Saturday’s Prix du Cadran. The staying sensation has won an incredible 19 of his 30 career starts, scoring in effortless fashion in the Doncaster Cup last time out.

With the likes of Princess Zoe (last year’s Cadran winner) and Trueshan (recent Goodwood Cup winner) expected to be in opposition on Saturday, this represents a tougher assignment for Stradivarius.

Connections wouldn’t want conditions to get too testing for Stradivarius, but with the majority of the weekend’s rain expected to drop on Sunday, he should miss the softest of the weekend’s ground.

A three-time Gold Cup winner, including on soft ground in 2020, Stradivarius will hold no stamina concerns at Longchamp – and therefore expect him to be staying on when plenty of rivals have cried enough.


LOVING DREAM – (Saturday, 2:50pm, Prix de Royallieu)

Lingfield didn’t appear to suit LOVING DREAM when a beaten favourite in the Oaks Trial earlier this season, but she left that form well behind when taking the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot next time out (Rab Havlin aboard).

Frankie Dettori got back across Loving Dream in the Yorkshire Oaks last month, but that proved too sharp a test against the likes of Snowfall and Loving Dream could only manage to finish a distant fifth.

Stepping up to 1m6f for the first time in this weekend’s Prix de Royallieu is expected to provide a more suitable test for Loving Dream, who is a half-sister to a 2m winner.


NATASHA – (Sunday, 1:15pm, Prix Marcel Boussac)

The George Strawbridge owned NATASHA is a filly bred in the purple, being a half-sister to French Derby winner Almanzor. She finished second in a Kempton maiden on debut in August, and has improved to win both starts since, making a winning turf debut at Sandown earlier this month.

Sunday’s Prix Marcel Boussac represents a significant step up in class, but Natasha firmly falls into the ‘could be anything’ category at this stage of her career.


LOVE – (Sunday, 3:05pm, Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe)

Frankie Dettori has ridden three of the last six Arc winners, and he has a live outside chance of further success in Europe’s richest race when he partners up with LOVE on Sunday.

Aidan O’Brien’s filly looked top-class at three before injury put paid to her season.

She picked up where she left off with an all the way victory in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot on seasonal reappearance, but Love has found life tougher since that success – twice finishing a beaten favourite (held in a Curragh Group 2 latest).

As such, she is away from the market principles for this year’s Arc de Triomphe, but there is little doubt that Love has the back form to feature if returning to her best, and Dettori has previous for riding Aidan O’Brien trained second string’s to victory in Group 1 contests.