Sunday tips at Longchamp – Through the card best bets on Arc day
Sunday tips at Longchamp on Arc De Triomphe Day
Another round of top-class horse racing action descends on the premier French track and our tipping team has picked out their Sunday tips at Longchamp where it is Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe Day.
There’s plenty of top-class horse racing action going to post in France on Sunday at Longchamp with the Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe dominating interest at the premier French venue and the classy contest spearheads a nine-race card that is crammed full of Group One races.
Indeed seven of the nine races that will go to post in Paris on Sunday hold top-table status and other feature races include the Prix de l’Opera and Prix de la Foret on an unmissable afternoon of French racing.
Our tipping team has looked over all nine races on the card in France to pick out their Sunday tips at Longchamp on Arc De Triomphe Day.
SUNDAY TIPS AT LONGCHAMP – THROUGH THE CARD BEST BETS ON ARC DAY
13:15 – Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac – Fillies’ Group 1 (Class 1) (2YO only) 1m
AGARTHA landed successive wins at Leopardstown and the Curragh in a Group Two prior to finding only one too good in the Moyglare Stud Stakes back at the Curragh latest, beaten less than one length.
Joseph O’Brien’s charge tried to make all that day where she only gave way in the last half-furlong and the Caravaggio filly ought to remain competitive if seeing out this extra furlong.
Her earlier win at the same venue in the Debutante Stakes came on soft ground so she shouldn’t have any issue with these conditions and she was an impressive winner from the front that day.
While she’ll likely find it harder to dominate this field over the extra furlong she could have more to offer and no surprise to see her in the mix.
13:50 – Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere – Group 1 (Class 1) (2YO only) 7f
EBRO RIVER boasts solid claims having already won at this level in the recent Phoenix Stakes and Hugo Palmer’s charge can get back to winning ways here.
The Galileo Gold colt has proven progressive this term, winning twice earlier in the season and running well in defeat in Group Two company prior to taking a big step forward at the Curragh in August where he ran out a three-parts of a length winner over Dr Zempf.
Not beaten far in the National Stakes where he again tried to make all the running he faded late into third but could bounce back returned to a softer surface although stamina for this trip remains unproven despite tackling the distance last time.
Perhaps he just lacked staying power late on at the Curragh last time or was unable to quite quicken up on the better ground; whatever the reason he comes into this race with solid claims and no surprise to see him make his presence felt.
14:25 – Qatar Arabian World Cup – Group 1 (Class 1) (4YO plus) 1m 2f
EBRAZ is on a hat-trick and arrives having won the Prix Dragon last time out over course and distance three weeks ago.
This is a very competitive renewal of this Arabian-bred runners only affair but he’s the highest-rated of these amongst the runners with an official mark and the Amer colt should continue to give a good account with proven course and distance form to call upon.
15:05 – Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe – Group 1 (Class 1) (3YO plus) 1m 4f
TARNAWA went through her four-year old career unbeaten but she was already a very smart filly and Dermot Weld’s charge can take this top prize back to Ireland.
Her four wins last term included the Prix Vermeille over this course and distance and she returned to this venue to land the Prix de L’Opera on this card twelve months ago before heading to the United States to also land the Breeders’ Cup Turf.
The Shamardal filly has looked as good as ever this term, sauntering to an easy victory on her seasonal return at Leopardstown before posting an unlucky runner-up finish behind St Mark’s Basilica in the Irish Champion Stakes where she was carried across the track by the winner.
That was a hugely creditable effort despite the defeat as it came on ground quicker than ideal and a trip possibly shorter than ideal; she’ll benefit from going back up in trip here while the softer ground is of no consequence and operating from a very good draw she ought to prove a leading contender.
15:50 – Qatar Prix de l’Opera – Fillies’ and Mares Group 1 (Class 1) (3YO plus) 1m 2f
Unbeaten PALMAS doesn’t have the best of draws for this contest but the German raider can uphold her perfect record here and ought to go close.
Andreas Wohler’s charge is 3-3 this term, turning in another impressive performance to land the Group One Preis der Diana by an easy six lengths and there’s surely better to come from her.
The Lord Of England filly tackles much softer ground this time but her debut win did come on good-to-soft ground so there’s some hope she’ll handle these more extreme conditions with her sire being a soft ground winner.
This is by far her toughest test to date but she can come through it with her unbeaten record intact if finding another chunk of improvement.
16:25 – Qatar Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp Longines – Group 1 (Class 1) (2YO plus) 5f
GLASS SLIPPERS has an affinity with this race having won the 2019 renewal in the mud and almost repeating the dose twelve months ago when chinned by a neck behind Wooded; Kevin Ryan’s crack sprinter can get back to winning ways here.
The Dream Ahead mare rounded off last campaign with a win in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint and she’s shown up well on both her runs this term, finishing third each time behind Suesa at Goodwood on her return and Romantic Proposal when denied by only three-parts of a length in the recent Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh.
Both those rivals reoppose here but this is her time of the year and conditions will hold no fears so another big run is expected from the five-year old who can reclaim her sprinting crown.
17:00 – Qatar Prix de la Foret – Group 1 (Class 1) (3YO plus) 7f
PEARLS GALORE could be worth chancing to get back to winning ways here and Paul Twomey’s charge can go close.
A dual-winner last term in maiden and handicap company the Invincible Spirit filly almost landed the spoils in testing ground next time when beaten only by the high-class Champers Elysees at Gowran Ark and she has continued her progression this term with a pair of wins at Group Three level before finding only No Speak Alexander too strong in the recent Matron Stakes.
That run represents some solid form with the third horse home subsequently finishing runner-up in a strong renewal of the Sun Chariot Stakes on Saturday past and she’s likely to have more to offer back over this trip.
The conditions ought not to prove too much of an inconvenience given she’s ran well previously in the mud and with a good draw to operate from here then she could make her presence felt.
17:30 – Qatar Grand Handicap des Flyers Presente par RMC (3YO plus) 7f
The draw is far from ideal for CALISTE who returns to the handicap ranks after some solid runs in conditions events and finishing runner-up in a Listed contest on similar underfoot conditions at Nantes in June.
Ludovic Gabdin’s charge is a past course and distance winner and won the Prix du Centenaire on this card twelve months ago; he could make his presence felt again back in a handicap although he’ll have some work to do to overcome a wide position on the track from his high stall.
He’s proven though on these conditions and he ought to make a bold bid under Stephane Pasquier.
18:00 – Qatar Prix de la Centieme Edition l’Arc Handicap (3YO plus) 7f
AGAPI MIA returns from five months off the track but if fit to go on her reappearance the Evasive filly can double up on her win tally.
Julien Carayon’s charge has proven progressive this term on the all-weather in France, making the frame twice at Chantilly before posting a very good third behind Angelissima back on turf at Saint Cloud.
Latterly seen back on the all-weather where she ran out a ready winner of a handicap from Bocciatore she can continue her winning run returning from a break if the softer ground doesn’t prove an inconvenience although she does have some experience on testing ground.
This is a drop back in distance but the race is likely to be run at a decent pace which will suit her and she come through late to strike.