The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

Who’s Going To Win The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe? A Preview from Hector Steiff

Sunday is the second day of the autumn meeting at ParisLongchamp, and it’s all about the feature, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Europe’s premier middle distance race is also the most valuable with a prize pot of five million Euros. This year’s renewal is a red hot affair that has attracted a field from Ireland to Japan, with plenty of English raiders, a German runner and, of course, plenty of home grown talent

Who’s going to win the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe? With some rain in the forecast in the run up to Sunday’s highlight, there’ll be plenty of runners with an excellent chance of landing the big prize if it turns into a test of stamina, so expect a tight spread at the top of the market

Ireland look to have a particularly strong hand, with Tarnawa, the multiple Group 1 winning filly having been campaigned for this race, while Aidan O’Brien’s Snowfall, who won The Oaks by a record breaking margin back in May sure to benefit form the testing conditions expected. That rain in the forecast has already prompted the withdrawal of Roger Varian’s Teona, the only horse to beat Snowfall this year when causing a shock in the Prix Vermeille over course and distance in September

The Ballydoyle powerhouse of Aidan O’Brien is triple-handed as he also has last season’s superstar filly, Love lining up alongside the five year old Broome, who has been kept in training with this race in mind. Love has yet to reach the heights of her Classic year, but has been campaigned at the very highest level and now has Frankie Dettori booked for the ride, and he knows how to win this race after scoring twice with the great filly, Enable. With both trainer and jockey right at the top of their game, this pair make great appeal to hit the frame at a big price. By contrast, Broome just looks a touch short of the very top level that is required to land this famous race

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Sottsass wins the 2020 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

The best English trainer this term is without doubt Charlie Appleby, with a string of top class successes coming from his Moulton Paddocks yard, and in Adayar and Hurricane Lane, who has been supplemented for Sunday’s feature, he will get plenty of market support. With a 6lb weight for age allowance in the three year olds favour, the Frankel colts, half brothers, must have good chance of being involved with both holding solid form on soft ground

Fellow English raiders are William Haggas’s Alenquer and Richard Hannon’s Mojo Star. Alenquer was an impressive winner of the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot on heavy ground, so will relish the conditions if they turn the race into a test of stamina, while Mojo Star was the surprise runner-up in The Derby behind Adayar, and filled the same spot behind Hurricane Lane in the St Leger so also has the legs for an endurance test

In a truly international event, two Japanese runners line up in Takashi Saito’s Chrono Genesis and Ryuji Okubo’s Deep Bond. The former has the Champion Jockey elect, Oisin Murphy guiding him around the Paris track, while Deep Bond arrives here with a course and distance win in the Prix Foy under his belt. Finally, to round up the foreign contingent, Marcel Weiss brings Torquator Tasso over from Germany fresh from his win in the Wettstar Grosser Preis von Baden

The home runners have their best chance with Raabihah, fifth in this race last year behind winning stablemate Sottsass. Jean-Claude Rouget brings his stable star here from a winning spin at Deauville, where she landed the Group 2 Prix de Pomone in commanding style. She’s a better horse than last year, and will get plenty of home support for the in-form trainer who will be hoping to make the frame at the very least

Who’s going to win the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe? Snowfall is the pick here in one of the hottest renewals of recent times. She gets a 4lb sex allowance from the two Charlie Appleby colts, Adayar and Hurricane Lane, and a 7lb concession from Dermot Weld’s Tarnawa. On the testing ground that is expected come Sunday, that may just be too much of an advantage for this season’s most exciting filly. Raabihah, Alenquer and Love all make each way appeal, but the winner is surely to come from the top four in the market

This preview has been brought to you by our regular correspondent, Hector Steiff

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