Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Odds and Preview – Horse Racing Betting October 6

Enable can make history at Longchamp

Horse Racing Betting

The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, one of the richest races in Europe and the highlight of the Flat racing season in France, was back at its traditional home last year – now known as ParisLongchamp – after two years ‘in exile’ at Chantilly. Thousands will again flock to the course on the first weekend of October to watch some of the best horses in Europe compete in 16 races over two days worth 9.4 million euros in prize money.

The Arc is open to colts, fillies and mares aged three and upwards but, because it was originally designed to serve as a showcase for French thoroughbred breeding, geldings are forbidden from running. How the French would love that breeding to pay dividends this year but the betting suggests we are set for another dominant performance from English and Irish raiders.

Recent Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Winners

2010 Workforce 3 Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute
2011 Danedream 3 Andrasch Starke Peter Schiergen
2012 Solemia 4 Olivier Peslier Carlos Laffon-Parias
2013 Treve 3 Thierry Jarnet Criquette Head
2014 Treve 4 Thierry Jarnet Criquette Head
2015 Golden Horn 3 Frankie Dettori John Gosden
2016 Found 4 Ryan Moore Aidan O’Brien (run at Chantilly)
2017 Enable 3 Frankie Dettori John Gosden (run at Chantilly)
2018 Enable 3 Frankie Dettori John Gosden

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe History and Trends

In 2003, a promotional poster described the Arc as ‘Ce n’est pas une course, c’est un monument’ – which roughly translates in English to ‘It’s not a race, it’s an institution’.
The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, run over 1m4f, has certainly carved a niche in equine history. First staged on Sunday 3 October 1920 and now has a traditional slot on the first Sunday in October. It has been won by some of the best middle-distance horses of their generation.
In 1935, the event secured state funding by the means of a lottery, which awarded prizes according to the race result and the drawing of lots. The system was first used in 1936 but was discontinued only two years later. The Arc was cancelled twice during World War II, in 1939 and 1940, but was run at Le Tremblay in 1943 and 1944. Government funding of the race resumed in 1949, with money obtained through the Loterie Nationale, and prize money for the Arc and its supporting races soon rocketed. However, since 1982, the meeting has been privately sponsored.

    • Andre Fabre has trained the winner on seven occasions
    • Frankie Dettori has ridden six winners
    • Fillies or mares have won eight of the last 12 renewals
    • Sixteen of the last 17 winners had won a Group 1 race previously
    • Only two of the last 17 winners had not won over 1m4f previously
    • More than three-quarters of the last 17 winners were drawn eight or lower
    • Most recent winners had already had at least four runs in the current season
    • No French-trained winner since 2014

Frankie fears nothing as Enable bids to make history

ENABLE has earned the right to be called ‘The Queen of Longchamp’ and John Gosden’s brilliant five-year-old has bookmakers running scared she bids for an historic third victory in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
John Gosden’s brilliant mare became the eighth dual winner of Europe’s premier middle-distance contest last season and has been kept in training with the main aim of becoming the first horse to win the race three times.
While she overcame a troubled preparation last term to hold off Sea Of Stars by a short neck, this year’s campaign has gone much more smoothly with a hat-trick of Group 1 victories in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown, the King George at Ascot and the Yorkshire Oaks at York.
She has never been beaten over the Arc distance of 1m4f and Frankie Dettori will not hear of defeat now for his prize mount. A draw in stall nine is probably not ideal but there are only 12 runners this year so her starting berth may not be as crucial as in bigger fields. She is only a best 8/11 with 888sport to make history but her form is worthy of those odds and it’s sometimes best not to look a gift horse in the mouth.
Waldgeist (18/1 with William Hill) was fourth last year but only third behind Enable in the King George and also behind Magical (a general 12/1) in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot. Aidan O’Brien’s filly was 10th last year and has had a rear view of Enable in three meetings since.
If there is to be an almighty upset, it may be one of the three-year-olds who provide it as the three Japanese raiders shouldn’t be able to hold a candle to the favourite.
Epsom Derby third Japan is the choice of Ryan Moore and has improved over the summer, winning the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp before just getting the better of Crystal Ocean in the Juddmonte International at York. He is a general 6/1 but of equal interest is Sottsass. Drawn on the inside, the latter is bidding to be the first home-trained winner of the Arc in five years and advertised his claims by winning the Prix Niel on Trials Day at Longchamp – he is a best 7/1 with Boylepsorts among others and is the each-way alternative to The Queen of Longchamp.

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Current Best Odds

Enable 8/11, Japan 6/1, Sottsass 7/1, Ghaiyyath and Magical 12/1, Waldgeist 18/1, Fierement 40/1, French King and Blast Onepiece 50/1, Nagano Gold 80/1, Kiseki and Soft Light 100/1

(Odds correct at 10.30am October 4)