Sottsass wins the 2020 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe @France-Galop

The Mandarin’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe ParisLongchamp Racecard for Sunday October 3rd & Selections from Tipperary

Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac (Group 1) 1.15
Andre Fabre holds the key to this race with the highly rated trio of Raclette, Fleur d’Iris and Zellie. Raclette runs in the famous Juddmonte silks, is unbeaten after two starts and looks another Frankel filly right out of the top drawer, while Fleur d’Iris and Zellie were one and two in the Prix d’Aumale Group 3 Stakes here last time out. However, Zellie finished like a train on the outside that last day and now with Oisin Murphy booked for the trip might be the answer if he can eke out just a tad more, interesting

Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (Group 1) 1.50
Ebro River
He’s had a busy year, and this will be his ninth start since April, but he’s already a Group 1 winner having landed the Phoenix Stakes at The Curragh back in August. There’s plenty of weather about for the second day of the meeting and that’s right up his street, the one to beat

Qatar Arabian World Cup (Group 1) 2.25
Ebraz is hard to oppose for this Arabian Group 1 with recent course and distance form. He served it up to a few of these in that last run and, although that was on good ground, the grey does have form in the book on soft, go close

Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Group 1) 3.05
An absolutely cracking renewal, where half of the field have more than a fleeting chance of taking the big one. In the last twenty-seven years, no less than eighteen Arcs have been won by three year olds. There’ll also be plenty of pace with the likes of Chrono Genesis, Alenquer and Mojo Star, who can all get on with it and turn it into a test of endurance. That could suit the likes of Hurricane Lane and Tarnawa, who can sit off the pace, but preference is for Snowfall, just about the most exciting filly in her classic season for many a year. Her only loss this term was here, over course and distance in the Prix Vermeille, when just failing to reel in Roger Varian’s Teona. With that rival withdrawn on account of the softer ground, Snowfall’s path looks clear and she’s respected

Prix de l’Opera Longines (Group 1) 3.50
Joan Of Arc
If Snowfall doesn’t win the Arc, there could be a consolation prize in the Prix de l’Opera for the trainer-jockey partnership of Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore. She ran well for a long way in the Group 1 Prix Vermeille before finding the trip too far, so returned to ten furlongs she has to be a factor. She gets 5lbs from Audarya, third in this race last year and that could count for plenty on this slower ground

Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp Longines (Group 1) 4.25
Winter Power
Tim Easterby’s speedball is just about the fastest thing on four legs on this side of the Atlantic Ocean since the retirement of the great Battaash, but does save her best for York. She’s got form on soft going, and has already served it up to likely favourite, Suesa in the Nunthorpe, and if she can transfer the York form to here could be hard to reel in. Exciting

Qatar Prix de la Foret (Group 1) 5.00
Pearls Galore
A chance is taken on Paddy Twomey’s Pearls Galore, who lines up here possibly the least exposed of these. She’s a French import having originally been under Freddy Head’s guidance so the cut in the ground won’t come as a huge surprise and she’s improved no end this year. Kinross looks the main danger as he’ll be fine on this surface but Space Blues might prefer something quicker underfoot


Horse & Jockey Hotel Hurdle (Grade 3) 1.30
Saldier (nap)
He’s been a bit in and out this year, but a couple of spins on the flat seems to have done the trick, and he got it all together in the Grade A Galway Hurdle Handicap at the Festival, always prominent in a big field for that competitive race. This looks a whole lot easier, and he’s the one to beat

O’Dwyer Steel Dundrum Novice Chase (Grade 3) 3.45
Gin On Lime (nb)
A top class rematch is in store between Gin On Lime and Fan De Blues for this Grade 3 contest. They last clashed swords in the Rockshore Novice Chase at the Galway Festival, where Fan De Blues got the better of Gin On Lime by a length. They were on level terms there, but here Henry de Bromhead’s mare gets 7lbs which should give her the edge. He was the trainer that could do no wrong last season, but faces up here to the Master of Closutton, Willie Mullins for early season honours

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