Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe: When is the Arc 2021? Which horses could run?

Paddy's looking ahead to the biggest race of the season!


*Odds quoted on the widget are Future Racing/Antepost prices which means that if your selection does not run in the race for whatever reason, you will lose your stake under traditional antepost rules

All roads lead to Paris and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is shaping up to be an absolute classic. The 2021 renewal takes place at Longchamp Racecourse in Paris on Sunday October 3 at 3pm.

The biggest names in the game are set to feature and Paddy’s top traders have been busy pricing up the antepost odds. Most of the clues are in place but the field still needs to be decided.


As it stands, 105 horses hold entries although a much smaller number will take part. Here, we take a look at the potential runners and riders.

Tarnawa’s season has been geared towards the Arc and the five-year-old mare is vying for favouritism with Epsom Derby and King George hero Adayar in our antepost betting after a narrow loss to St Mark’s Basilica in the Irish Champion Stakes.

Speaking after the ¾l defeat at Leopardstown, trainer Dermot Weld said: “All roads lead to Longchamp now.”

Hurricane Lane could join stablemate Adayar in Paris after a 2¾l defeat of Mojo Star in the St Leger at Doncaster. It was the Frankel colt’s third successive Group 1 success and trainer Charlie Appleby is considering a tilt at the Arc, despite no St Leger winner in history following up in the French race a few weeks later.

“The Arc is on everybody’s mind,” Appleby said. “I see no reason why we wouldn’t potentially turn up.”

St Mark’s Basilica continued his winning streak in the thrilling Irish Champion Stakes to maintain his prominent position in Paddy’s antepost market for the Arc, although the Champion Stakes at Ascot on October 16 is a more likely target or he could head straight to stud.

Snowfall lost her position at the top of the antepost market after a shock defeat to Teona in the Prix Vermeille. Roger Varian was delighted with his filly’s victory but expressed doubts whether she would run in the Arc.

“The sun will need to keep shining for the next few weeks,” Varian said.

One horse that definitely will not run is Wonderful Tonight after the Group 1 winner was sadly forced to retire due to injury. David Menuisier had built the four-year-old’s campaign around the Arc but she suffered a fracture to her right-hind fetlock last week.

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Antepost Odds

Tarnawa – 3/1
Adayar – 3/1
Snowfall – 9/2
Hurricane Lane – 5/1
St Marks Basilica – 10/1
Mishriff – 12/1
Chrono Genesis – 12/1
Teona – 12/1
Raabihah – 20/1
Deep Bond – 20/1
Love – 25/1
Alenquer – 25/1

The rest of Paddy’s antepost market for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is priced from 33/1 to 100/1.


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