Sunday tips for Longchamp – Day two Arc Festival best bets
A top-class racecard awaits punters on Sunday at Longchamp with the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe taking centre stage; can Enable take her place in history as the first triple-winner? We’ve picked out our Sunday tips for Longchamp where eight classy contests head to post.
Sunday promises to be an unmissable afternoon of top-class horse racing action at Longchamp, dominated of course by Enable’s bid to win an unprecedented third Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on what is likely to be the final run of her career. Can she bow out with a win?
In addition to that top class contest, there are a further five Group One races on the card with two big handicaps drawing the fixture to a close. We’ve looked through the day’s sextet of Pattern races and have picked out our Sunday tips for Longchamp on an unmissable afternoon of equine action in France.
SUNDAY TIPS FOR LONGCHAMP – PRIX DE L’ARC DE TRIOMPHE FESTIVAL DAY TWO BEST BETS
1:15 Longchamp – Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (Grand Criterium) (Group 1) (2yo C&F) (New Course: 2nd Post) (Turf) (2yo) 7f
Original selection St Mark’s Basilica misses out leaving the way open for NANDO PARRADO to get back on the scoresheet.
Clive Cox’s charge had built on a promising debut fifth to land a shock win at Royal Ascot, beating Qaader to land the Group Two Coventry Stakes. The Kodiac colt then showed that victory to be no fluke when chasing home the high-class Campanelle at Deauville in August in the Group One Prix Morny, beaten two lengths.
That was a solid performance which showed that a more testing surface held no fears so she should cope with these heavy conditions; while the step up to seven furlongs ought to suit and can bring about further improvement so she looks the one to beat in the day’s opening Group One.
1:50 Longchamp – Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac – Criterium des Pouliches (Group 1) (2yo Fillies) (Grande Course) (Turf) (2yo) 1m
Original selection Pretty Gorgeous is an absentee from the race so our selection switches to the progressive TIGER TANAKA who has only been beaten once in her career where the Clodovil filly possibly found the shorter trip too sharp on ground that didn’t suit.
Cha Rossi’s charge handles this ground well, latterly winning the Group Two Prix Francois Boutin at Deauville where she ran out an easy five lengths’ winner over La Gioiosa.
This is tougher upped to a Group One, but there could be more to come from her and proven in the conditions and at the trip she looks worth chancing to improve again and she can make her presence felt here.
3:05 Longchamp – Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Group 1) (3yo+) (Grande Course) (No Geldings) (Turf) (3yo+) 1m4f
The big race of the day lost a little of its’ sparkle when 1000 Guineas and Epsom Oaks heroine Love was taken out earlier in the week on account of the ground, but the latest renewal of this Group One remains a strong one where Enable will be a popular winner should she take her place in history with a third win in the race.
An emphasis on stamina will suit Stradivarius but he’s been beaten on all attempts at this trip and a chance is taken on last year’s third SOTTSASS to finish closer this time around.
Jean-Claude Rouget’s charge had won his previous three outings which included a Group Two over course and distance, and he showed soft ground held no fears with a battling third in this contest where he was beaten just over three lengths.
Fourth on his return which might have been needed, he won a Group One at Chantilly when taking the Prix Ganay prior to going down only by a neck behind Skalleti at Deauville and he ran better than the bare result when fourth latest behind Magical in the Irish Champion Stakes where he didn’t get the best of runs.
Going back up in trip will suit and he copes well with this deeper ground so every chance he can post a big run and follow in the footsteps of Waldgeist who won the Prix Ganay prior to taking Arc success.
3:50 Longchamp – Prix de l’Opera Longines (Group 1) (3yo+ Fillies & Mares) (Grande Course) (Turf) (3yo+) 1m2f
Original selection Fancy Blue is another absentee from our original selection so the vote now goes to ALPINE STAR who finished just behind that one in the recent Prix De Diane at Chantilly.
That run followed a good win by the Sea The Moon filly in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot and she followed up her near-miss by claiming a second silver medal behind the top-class Palace Pier in the Prix Jacques Le Marois in August.
Conditions were heavy that day but she showed no issues on the ground and the front two cleared five lengths clear of Circus Maximus and others in what was a very solid performance. She’ll have no issues going back up in trip and with no fears over the ground Jessica Harrington’s charge looks set for a big run.
4:25 Longchamp – Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp Longines (Group 1) (2yo+) (Sprint Course) (Turf) (2yo+) 5f
No Battaash in this contest with the ground forcing Charlie Hills to take his stable star out of the reckoning; while defending champion Glass Slippers will look to defend her crown.
However, fast-improving MAKE A CHALLENGE can come out on top for Denis Hogan and the Invincible Spirit gelding goes from strength to strength as he climbs the sprinting ladder.
He proved himself a smart sort last term, but he’s taken his form to new heights this campaign and wasn’t beaten far behind Glass Slippers at the Curragh latest in the Flying Five where he travelled well into the race but perhaps wasn’t helped by having to race widest of all on the quicker ground.
That bare form does leave him with a bit to find in order to overturn that form with Glass Slippers; but the application of first-time blinkers might help eke out some improvement, while he’ll be better served by a return to a softer surface and he can make his presence felt here.
4:55 Longchamp – Qatar Prix de la Foret (Group 1) (3yo+) (New Course: 2nd Post) (Turf) (3yo+) 7f
EARTHLIGHT ran better than the bare result when finishing fourth in the Maurice De Gheest, losing his unbeaten record in the process; but Andre Fabre’s charge quickly bounced back from that reversal with a defeat of the reopposing Tropbeau over course and distance to take the Prix du Pin.
The Shamardal colt had won his six previous outings leading up to his defeat which included winning the Prix Morny and Middle Park Stakes, and he appeared to win with something up his sleeve latest having perhaps not been altogether suited by the way the race developed when meeting with his defeat.
These more testing conditions are an unknown, but he looks the one they have to beat as a dual-Group One winner and if the ground doesn’t inconvenience then he can register another win.