Longchamp Saturday tips – Best bets on day one of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Festival
One of the biggest weekends in the global horse racing calendar gets underway on Saturday at Longchamp with the start of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Festival. We’ve picked out our Longchamp Saturday tips for the day’s Group racing features.
Top class horse racing action goes to post at Longchamp on Saturday for the first of two days’ racing as the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Festival gets underway.
Some of the biggest names in the equine world will descend on Paris’ premier Longchamp track and although the weather is forecast to be poor, the on-track action certainly won’t be with a nine-race card awaiting punters featuring two Group One contests amid five Group races to go to post.
We’ve picked our Longchamp Saturday tips for the best of the action at the top French venue on what promises to be an unmissable fixture.
LONGCHAMP SATURDAY TIPS – BEST BETS ON DAY ONE OF THE ARC FESTIVAL
12:30 Longchamp – Qatar Prix Chaudenay (Group 2) (3yo) (Grande Course) (Turf) (3yo) 1m7f
This could take some getting in likely very testing ground and so STEP BY STEP gets the vote given he finished a close runner-up over this course and distance in September behind Paix in the Prix de Lutece.
Yann Barberot’s Sidestep colt is a three-time winner in 2020 albeit at a lesser grade; but he handles soft ground well and won a Listed contest at Toulouse in June in testing conditions. Quicker ground the last twice might have counted against him, but his latest effort was promising and he remains a progressive sort who could yet have more to come.
He has a bit to find but proven stamina at the trip and with form in soft ground under his belt he can improve and he might prove hard to peg back if given a soft lead in front.
1:35 Longchamp – Qatar Prix Dollar (Group 2) (3yo+) (Grande Course: 2nd Post) (Turf) (3yo+) 1m2f
GLYCON has won four of his five starts, only meeting with defeat at Clairefontaine on his penultimate start behind Velma Valento; but Jean-Claude Rouget’s charge can enhance his fine strike-rate by taking this prize.
The Le Havre gelding won a Group Three over this course and distance last month, beating Villa Rosa by a short-head in a race which has thrown up two subsequent winners and he’s well served by a soft surface having previously won on heavy ground on debut here last October.
Now 2-2 at this venue, all but one of his four wins have come in the mud and the progressive four-year old can show another jolt of improvement to land this valuable prize.
2:15 Longchamp – Qatar Prix de Royallieu (Group 1) (3yo+ Fillies & Mares) (Grande Course) (Turf) (3yo+) 1m6f
EBAIYRA had a few of these behind when winning the Group Two Prix de Pomone at Deauville back in August and Alain Du Royer-Dupre’s charge can uphold that form with another win where this step up in trip ought to suit the Distorted Humour filly.
She made all the running that day over twelve furlongs, looking strong at the finish and was value for more than the official winning margin over Spirit Of Appen. That win came in soft ground so these conditions ought not to hold any fears for the progressive three-year old who also won a Group Three contest at Chantilly earlier in the campaign.
Still unexposed having had just five career runs to date, there could be more to come from her over this longer trip and with proven soft ground form in the book.
3:25 Longchamp – Qatar Prix Daniel Wildenstein (Group 2) (3yo+) (Grande Course) (Turf) (3yo+) 1m
THE REVENANT took this prize twelve months ago and the Dubawi gelding can successfully defend his crown with a return to winning ways following an absence.
Francois-Henri Graffard’s charge was winning for the sixth straight occasion when beating Olmedo in this contest last October in the wake of four months off the track but saw his winning run halted by King Of Change when sent to Ascot to contest the QEII Stakes on British Champions’ Day, beaten just over one length.
It is possible that run came just too soon for him after only 14 days following his win in this race and he hasn’t been seen since. The form of that Ascot run has been franked though by the third winning three times since which includes twice at Group Two level; while the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh home have all also won with fifth-placed Mohaather since winning a Group One.
A year-long absence is a slight worry, but he’s won when fresh previously and conditions will hold no fears given his win in this last year came in similar ground, while he has also won twice in heavy ground earlier in his career.
He could prove a tough nut to crack if returning from his absence at the peak of his powers and he can collect this prize for a second successive year.
4:00 Longchamp – Qatar Prix du Cadran (Group 1) (4yo+) (New & Grande Course) (Turf) (4yo+) 2m4f
CALL THE WIND won this contest in 2018, beating Holdthasigreen, and the Frankel gelding made the frame in all starts in 2019 following that success which includes finding only that same rival too strong when bidding to defend his crown last term.
Freddie Head’s charge then was beaten by Technician in the Prix Royal-Oak, but he has since won three of his next four which includes the recent Prix Kergolay from Ashrun, scoring by almost two lengths.
He has to rate the one to beat again given he possesses proven stamina at this distance and handles this deep ground as evidenced when touched off in the race twelve months ago. Also sure to be sharper for that recent return to action he returns to this longer trip which will suit and he still has scope as a stayer.
It would come as no surprise to see him follow up that latest win and he can take this prize for the second time in three years.