Mick Fitzgerald: Four to follow on Arc day at Chantilly

Fitzy goes through the card at to give you four worth backing at the French meeting.....

Mick Fitzgerald


1.10pm Prix Marcel Boussac

The Marcel Boussac has been won four times by Ballydoyle maestro Aidan O’Brien and he will be hoping that Magical will add to that impressive haul. I believe the French style of racing will suit this daughter of Galileo and even if ground conditions change, it will seemingly unimportant such is her quality.

She is my selection even if Freddie Head’s filly Polydream has looked really good so far. However, Magical’s experience swings it for me.


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1.45pm Prix Jean Luc Lagardere

No filly has won this race since Danishkada in 1986, but O’Brien is keen to buck that trend with Happily. She was a narrow winner of the Moyglare Stud Stakes over stablemate Magical last time out and looks to have a fantastic chance of grabbing a slice of history.

She is tough as teak and with no obvious French two-year-old star around, she has every chance.

The biggest danger is Olmedo, this horse looked so good first time out and was fully expected to win his last out. However, he just looked slow, horses can have off days and if this was his off day, he could be the value in this race.

2.20pm Qatar Arabian World Cup

This is a race for purebred Arabians worth a whopping 630k euro to the winner!

Ebraz is the most likely winner here, but look out for Tayf who is chasing a huge pay-out as part of a bonus for any horse who wins all legs of the Doha triple crown.

3.05 pm Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe

A belter of a contest that has us frothing at the mouth because of a battle between the best three-year-old fillies around. Winter who has bagged two classics over a mile and Enable who has won two over a mile and a half.

Enable is the obvious favourite as her form is so strong over this trip. These fillies have a hell of an advantage getting so much weight from the older horses. John Gosden has only supplemented one horse previously for an Arc and yes, you guessed it, Golden Horn won it!

It costs €120,000 to supplement into this race, but the winner does receive €2.85m for winning it, so that’s not to be sniffed at.

We also have the classic generation from the colts here with an Irish Derby and St Leger winner Capri plus, French derby winner in Brametot. The fact that Ryan Moore has sided with Winter is massive for her fans, she looked like she needed the run at Leopardstown and if she stays (and that’s a huge if) then she will be involved in the finish

I reckon Enable is going to be very tough to beat, but hard to back at even money or even a shade of odds on here. Capri at 20/1 is a very good value EW bet along with Order of St George.

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What do you think?