Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe runners to consider as Longchamp going could be very soft

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It’s been bucketing it down in Paris over the last week so testing ground is set to play a key role in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

Boggy conditions have been the norm in recent years with the last three renewals of Europe’s richest race being run on heavy or soft ground.


The going at Longchamp is described as soft but further rain is expected to fall on Friday and Saturday.

Charles de Cordon, the clerk of the course, said: “The ground could get to very soft by Sunday, provided the forecast of 6-10mm of rain on Saturday proves accurate.”

If his prediction comes to fruition gone then it might be worth keeping runners with form in the book on very soft or heavy ground onside. We’ve gone through the field to pick out those horses…

We might as well start with the most obvious one. Torquator Tasso has already proven his class in seriously testing conditions at Longchamp having won last year’s renewal of the Arc on heavy ground.

Alenquer won last year’s King Edward VII Stakes on bottomless ground before placing third in Grand Prix de Paris over course and distance when the going was described as very soft. He is also from the same sire as Torquator Tasso but could only finish ninth in this 12 months ago.

Mishriff broke his maiden status on heavy ground at Nottingham in November 2019 before landing the Group 2 Prix Guillaume d’Ornano in similar conditions the following year. The bulk of his best form at the age of four and five has come on much quicker ground, however.

Sealiway was fifth in last year’s Arc and scored on heavy ground at Longchamp in the Group 1 Grand Criterium at the age of two, although the Galiway colt is winless in five races since landing the 2021 Champion Stakes on good to soft.

Grand Glory is a big price but landed the Listed Prix Zarkava when it was very soft at Longchamp earlier this year, was beaten by a nose in last year’s Prix de l’Opera on heavy and also won the Group 3 Prix de Flore on bottomless ground.

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