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A maximum field of 20 runners has been assembled for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Sunday.
The ultimate middle-distance contest, worth a cool €5,000,000, has attracted an eclectic mix of international horses.
Aidan O’Brien pair Luxembourg and Broome fly the flag for Ireland, while multiple Group 1 scorer Alpinista and Irish Derby winner Westover spearhead the British charge.
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German colt Torquator Tasso, the shock 72/1 hero of last year’s renewal, bids to join the elite club of back-to-back winners.
The home nation have plenty of representatives including three-year-old pair Onesto and Vadeni, while Titleholder is the standout of the Japanese contenders.
The latest Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe odds are on the Paddy Power website, otherwise Timeform’s nifty guide to the runners and riders can be found below.
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe runners
Trainer: John & Thady Gosden Jockey: William Buick Age: 5 Weight: 9st 5lbs Draw: 17
Impressive winner of the Juddmonte International at York last term and chased home the brilliant Baaeed in this season’s renewal of that race. However, no real excuses when behind 3 of these in the Irish Champion Stakes and both the draw and conditions have gone against him here. Cheekpieces added.
Trainer: Marcel Weiss Jockey: Frankie Dettori Age: 5 Weight: 9st 5lbs Draw: 18
Dual winner at the top level in Germany but standout performance to date was undoubtedly his shock success in this race 12 months ago. Had 3 of these behind when runner-up in the King George at Ascot in July but turned over by Mendocino when odds on at Baden-Baden since and stall 18 is a blow.
Trainer: A. Fabre Jockey: Bauyrzhan Murzabayev Age: 5 Weight: 9st 5lbs Draw: 19
Last season’s Prix Ganay winner who added to his tally with an all-the-way success in a Group 2 at Chantilly in June, proving 2 lengths too good for Bubble Gift. However, only seventh behind Alpinista in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud last time and he hasn’t been treated at all kindly by the draw.
Trainer: Francis-Henri Graffard Jockey: Mickael Barzalona Age: 4 Weight: 9st 5lbs Draw: 15
Talented colt who was runner-up in last season’s French Derby before finishing a fine fifth in this race 12 months ago. Game winner of the Champion Stakes at Newmarket on final appearance of 2021 but 0-5 this year and others essentially make more appeal.
Trainer: William Haggas Jockey: Tom Marquand Age: 4 Weight: 9st 5lbs Draw: 12
Twice placed in Group 1s last season and notched first success at the highest level when taking the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh in May. However, limitations subsequently exposed in the Eclipse and Irish Champion Stakes, and hopes now pinned on the first-time blinkers sparking improvement.
Trainer: Ryuji Okubo Jockey: Yuga Kawada Age: 5 Weight: 9st 5lbs Draw: 5
Did the job well when outpointing Broome and 4 others in the C&D Prix Foy last September but subsequently trailed in last of 14 in the 2021 renewal of this race. Already beaten twice by Titleholder in his native Japan this season and it’s hard to envisage him turning the tables on that rival here.
Trainer: Aidan O’Brien Jockey: W. M. Lordan Age: 6 Weight: 9st 5lbsDraw: 14
Looked better than ever when landing the Hardwicke at Royal Ascot in June but has found life tougher back in Group 1 company since. Finished down the field in this last year and a similar scenario is likely this time round.
Trainer: Yoshito Yahagi Jockey: Christophe Lemaire Age: 7 Weight: 9st 5lbs Draw: 20
Bagged a couple of big pots in the Middle East earlier this year and didn’t do much wrong when chasing home a progressive type in a Group 2 at Deauville last time. However, he was over 9 lengths adrift of Titleholder on home soil in Japan prior to that and is drawn widest of all here.
Trainer: John & Thady Gosden Jockey: Jim Crowley Age: 4 Weight: 9st 5lbs Draw: 16
Looked potentially top-notch when making a winning reappearance in a Sandown Group 3 during the spring. Back on track when landing the September Stakes in good style at Kempton last month but probably biting off more than he can chew in this company.
Trainer: Sarah Steinberg Jockey: Rene Piechulek Age: 4 Weight: 9st 5lbs Draw: 1
Fine second to Alpinista in the Grosser Preis von Bayern on final start of 2021 and produced much his best effort of the season so far when edging out Torquator Tasso at Baden-Baden 4 weeks ago. However, he has come up short in 4 previous starts on these shores and that trend is likely to continue.
Trainer: Toru Kurita Jockey: Kazuo Yokoyama Age: 4 Weight: 9st 5lbs Draw: 10
Winner of the Japanese St Leger last October and made it 3-3 this season when landing another valuable prize at Hanshin on his latest start in June. On that evidence he’s still improving but conditions here are likely to be very different to anything he’s previously encountered.
Trainer: M. Delzangles Jockey: Olivier Peslier Age: 4 Weight: 9st 5lbs Draw: 13
Winner of a substandard renewal of the Prix Niel over C&D last September prior to finishing eighth in this race the following month. Will do well to better that finishing position this time round, for all that he’s done little wrong this season.
Trainer: Gianluca Bietolini Jockey: Maxime Guyon Age: 6 Weight: 9st 2lbs Draw: 9
Went close in the Prix de l’Opera on this card last season and twice successful at around 1¼m here during the spring. However, she failed to land a meaningful blow in the Prix Vermeille last month and the jury remains out as to whether she truly stays this trip.
Trainer: Sir Mark Prescott Bt Jockey: Luke Morris Age: 5 Weight: 9st 2lbs Draw: 6
Top-class mare who extended her impressive winning sequence (unbeaten in last 7 starts) when landing the Yorkshire Oaks in August. This assignment demands a clear career-best but she possesses a terrific attitude, not to mention versatility (with regard to ground/tactics), and a bold show is likely.
Trainer: Jean-Claude Rouget Jockey: Christophe Soumillon Age: 3 Weight: 8st 13lbs Draw: 2
Impressive winner of the Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly in June and backed that up when beating Mishriff in the Eclipse at Sandown. Wasn’t seen to best effect behind Luxembourg and Onesto at Leopardstown last time and he’s a major player upped to 1½m here from a good draw.
Trainer: Jean-Claude Rouget Jockey: Cristian Demuro Age: 3 Weight: 8st 13lbs Draw: 4
Nearest at the finish when fourth to Vadeni in the Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly in June, faring best of those held up from a wider draw. Subsequently improved when landing a Group 2 at Deauville but he’s likely to find this too hot, for all that further progress is entirely possible.
Trainer: Fabrice Chappet Jockey: Stephane Pasquier Age: 3 Weight: 8st 13lbs Draw: 11
Did well to finish as close as he did when fifth to Vadeni in the Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly in June and has improved since, winning the C&D Grand Prix de Paris prior to chasing home Luxembourg in the Irish Champion Stakes (4 of these rivals behind, including Vadeni). Strong each-way claims.
Trainer: Ralph Beckett Jockey: Rob Hornby Age: 3 Weight: 8st 13lbs Draw: 7
Frankel colt who was unlucky not to finish closer when third in the Derby at Epsom in June. Dominant in the Irish equivalent later that month but that form has taken several knocks since and he was bitterly disappointing in the King George on his latest start.
Trainer: Yasuo Tomomichi Jockey: Yutaka Take Age: 3 Weight: 8st 13lbs Draw: 3
Victorious in the Japanese Derby in May and understandably shaped as though in need of the race when fourth in the C&D Prix Niel following a four-month break. Still has relatively low mileage but conditions are a concern (done most of his racing on fast ground) and improvement is certainly needed.
Trainer: Aidan O’Brien Jockey: Ryan Moore Age: 3 Weight: 8st 13lbs Draw: 8
Sidelined with an injury after finishing third in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket during the spring. Winner of both starts since returning to action in August, latterly accounting for 5 of these rivals in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown, and he promises to be suited by this step up to 1½m.
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