Saturday tips for Longchamp – Through the card best bets on Arc Weekend day one
Saturday tips for Longchamp on Arc Weekend
The first of two top-class horse racing meetings goes to post on Saturday for day one of the Arc Weekend and with a quality racecard taking place we’ve picked out our Saturday tips for Longchamp.
There is top-class horse racing action going to post in France on Saturday with the first of two days’ racing at the premier French track where it Arc Weekend and the feature Prix de L’Arc De Triomphe goes to post on Sunday with a cracking line-up.
Back to Saturday and featuring a nine-race card which includes Group One action and a host of big names strutting their stuff it is an afternoon not to be missed in Paris and we’ve looked over the day’s racing action in France to pick out our Saturday tips for Longchamp on Arc Weekend.
SATURDAY TIPS FOR LONGCHAMP – THROUGH THE CARD BEST BETS
12:23 Lonchamp – Qatar Prix Chaudenay – Group 2 (3YO only) 1m 7f
INTERPRETATION might be worth chancing to get back on track and Aidan O’Brien’s Galileo colt can kick off Arc Weekend with a winner.
A three-time winner earlier in the campaign which included a Listed contest at Leopardstown in August, beating Fernando Vichi, he stepped up on those victories to post a creditable fourth to Hurricane Lane in the St Leger at Doncaster and a repeat of that performance could see him firmly in the mix here.
First-time blinkers are applied which could also prove a catalyst for better and if the softer ground doesn’t prove an inconvenience then he ought to go close here.
12:58 Lonchamp – Qatar Arabian Trophy des Juments – Arab Group 1 (4YO only) 1m 2f
This horse is open to Arabian-bred horses only and ELLIE DU PAON can come out on top having got back on the up at Mont-de Marsan latest.
The Dahees filly had also won at La Teste De Buch earlier in the campaign and she ran better than her bare form figures suggest subsequently prior to gettng back to winning ways last time.
She likely needs to take a forward step here as she takes in a tougher race but she could make her presence felt.
13:33 Lonchamp – Qatar Prix Daniel Wildenstein – Group 2 (3YO plus) 1m
THE REVENANT has met with defeat on both starts this term and returns from five months off the track; but the Dubawi gelding loooks worth sticking with and Francois-Henri Graffard’s charge can resume winning ways.
He had won three out of his fours starts last term having racked up a number of wins the season previously, taking this race enroute to landing the QEII Stakes at Ascot on his final run of the campaign and he has a very good record fresh.
Not seen at his best this term in two outings he will enjoy this softer ground having possibly found conditions too quick the last twice and there’d be no surprise in seeing him turn in a winning effort now back from five months off.
14:15 Lonchamp – Qatar Prix du Cadran – Group 1 (4YO plus) 2m 4f
The shoot-out between Stradivarius and TRUESHAN looks on and with conditions ideal for Alan King’s star the Planteur gelding can come out on top in the battle of these top stayers.
The progressive stayer has youth on his side taking on his older rival and he comes into this race having demolished his rivals in the Goodwood Cup back in July, readily running out a four lengths’ winner on the back of an excellent weight-carrying sixth in the Northumberland Plate.
Last season’s Champion Stayer relishes softer ground so these conditions will very much be in his favour and while he goes beyond two miles for the first time he has shown no signs of stopping in his races and can continue his upward curve to come out on top again here.
14:50 Lonchamp – Qatar Prix de Royallieu – Group 1 (3YO plus) 1m 6f
JOIE DE SOIR has been swapping wins with runner-up finishes and the Fastnet Rock filly can get back to winning ways here having found only one too good last time.
Andre Fabre’s charge had won a Listed race at Clairefontaine prior to chasing home the high-class Raabihah at Deauville in the Prix de Pomone where she had reopposing Valia behind and she can confirm that form here.
Softer ground is a plus and with further improvement anticipated over this longer trip she can strike another win.
15:25 Lonchamp – Haras de Bouquetot – Criterium Arqana Stakes (2YO only) 1m
PIERRE LE GRAND could be worth chancing to follow up his debut victory at Marseille last month and the Anodin colt can improve for the experience to double up.
Elias Mikhalides’ charge ran out a comfortable winner on that debut in a newcomers’ event, beating Tartuffe by a half-length and with the prospect of more to come he can double up here where the booking of Christophe Soumillon catches the eye.
He certainly needs to take a forward step on the back of that debut but he can get involved here.
16:00 Lonchamp – Qatar Prix Dollar – Group 2 (3YO plus) 1m 1½f
MEGALLAN can follow up his latest victory in the Sovereign Stakes back in August and John and Thady Gosden’s charge is expected to be competitive here under Dettori.
The Kingman colt might ideally prefer better ground as he struggled faced with softer conditions when down the field behind St Mark’s Basilica at Deauville in the French Derby; but he had won at Newcastle earlier in the campaign before making Hurricane Lane pull out all the stops in the Dante at York prior to that lesser effort.
Given a break he quickly bounced back to winning form in the Sovereign Stakes, beating Sir Busker and there’s surely more to come from him. This longer trip may help him pull out more and if handling the conditions here he can make his presence felt.
16:35 Lonchamp – Qatar Prix de la Place l’Etoile Handicap (3YO plus) 1m 1f
A tricky handicap contest which could see PRINCE HAMLET get some reward for a string of consistent efforts which has seen the Sommerabend colt finish in the frame on five of his last six starts.
The Sanchez runner was last seen finishing a close runner-up in a similar contest and he’d finished third on his last visit to this venue so if continuing in a similar vein of form he ought to go well again and no surprise to see him in the mix.
17:10 Lonchamp – Prix Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club Handicap (3YO plus) 1m 1f
Day one of Arc weekend ends with a competitive handicap where CALACONTA might be able to get back to winning ways.
Sylvain Dehez’s charge is a solid performer at this level and a past course and distance winner having struck here in April in similar conditions to these so he ought to have little issue with the ground.
He went off the boil somewhat thereafter but her latest runner-up finish at Chantilly last month was a step back in the right direction and if she can build on that performance then the Muhtathir filly can get back on the scoresheet with Maxime Guyon a good jockey booking.