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All roads lead to Longchamp and it’s finally time for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at the famous track. A star-studded field of 15 are set to break from the stalls at 3.05pm in a bid to claim bragging rights as the best middle-distance horse in training.
Breeders’ Cup heroine Tarnawa, Epsom Derby hero Adayar, St Leger champ Hurricane Lane and dual Oaks winner Snowfall are among the principal contenders for the €5m race but who are Paddy’s pals backing to come out on top?
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Tips
Timeform: “CHRONO GENESIS is a four-time winner at the highest level in Japan and is an extremely consistent and reliable performer. She was only narrowly denied by Mishriff in the Sheema Classic in Dubai in March, and that doesn’t leave her much to find with the pick of the European challengers.
“She showed a good turn of foot to run out a stylish winner of the Group 1 Takarazuka Kinen when last seen in action at Hanshin in June and she looks set to launch a bold bid. She is good value at a double-figure price.”
Paddy Power: “I have to forgive SNOWFALL‘s one defeat last time as the ground was fast and it was a prep race with no pace to aim at. The Oaks was soft ground and a strong pace and she was awesome. I could see the same again.”
Ruby Walsh: “Tarnawa was very good last year in a much lesser race. She ran well last time out when finishing second behind St Mark’s Basilica at Leopardstown. She also beat Silence Please in August. I have a slight doubt over Snowfall as she should have won at Longchamp last time out. Teona got the run on her that day. Elsewhere, Oisin Murphy rides Chrono Genesis and I feel that Love has regressed.
“It’s such a strong race but Godolphin will win it, either with Adayar or Hurricane Lane. Hurricane Lane looked like he was in the wrong race in the St Leger with the ease he travelled. That was 1m 6f. William Buick did ride him over Adayar in the Derby which keeps bringing me back to Hurricane Lane. However, the more I look at it, ADAYAR‘s form is so strong. Beating Mishriff in the King George is the finest bit of form on offer.”
Matt Chapman: “The statistics might be against my hopes, but my Arc 1-2-3 is: TARNAWA, Chrono Genesis and Hurricane Lane.”
Jason Weaver: ADAYAR proved that his Derby success with no fluke with a big win at Ascot in the King George where he put away one of the top class 10f to 12f performers. Admittedly, the ground is a bit of an unknown. The fact that William Buick decides to stick with him and the squad have decided to run him after a slightly interrupted preparation – where we didn’t see him in the trial – speaks volumes for his well-being at home.
Sean O’Sullivan, Racing Trader: Dermot Weld can finally win his first Arc with TARNAWA. She took a spell off and returned at Leopardstown in August, where she beat Silence Please. She then finished second behind St Mark’s Basilica in a brilliant race at the same track in September. She’s won on soft so if the weather worsens it won’t be a problem. She ticks the most boxes and is the most solid option. Christophe Soumillon is on board too which is always a good thing.
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