Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe Preview

Sunday 4th October 2020

Last Year’s Race:

Runner Guide:

1.) Persian King (Draw: 7)
Jockey: Pierre-Charles Boudot
Trainer: Andre Fabre
Odds: 20/1

Comments: “Very smart horse who won the French 2000 Guineas last season, added a further two Group 1’s to his CV including impressive victory over Pinatubo here last time. Lively contender.”

2.) Royal Julius (Draw: 8)

Jockey: Shane Foley
Trainer: J Reynier
Odds: 150/1

Comments: “Very much up against it within this company, smart enough horse but would have to improve a great deal to play any form of role .”

3.) Way To Paris (Draw: 6)

Jockey: I Mendizabal
Trainer: A Marcialis
Odds: 33/1

Comments: “Seven-year-old who has had a fine campaign this season claiming a Group 1 success. Conditions shouldn’t be a problem, however, he still has a lot to find on the market principals on all known form.”

4.) Japan (Draw: 11)

Jockey: Yutaka Take
Trainer: AP O’Brien
Odds: 16/1

Comments: “Not quite found the form of his excellent three-year-old campaign this time around, would have a chance if bouncing back to the form of his Juddmonte International win of last season.”

5.) Sovereign (Draw: 10)

Jockey: M Barzalona
Trainer: AP O’Brien
Odds: 100/1

Comments: “Winner of the Irish Derby last season, only form to note of this term is a second of three effort in the King George behind Enable. Looks massively up against here.”

6.) Stradivarius (Draw: 14)

Jockey: O Peslier
Trainer: John Gosden
Odds: 13/2

Comments: “One of the best stayers of all time, won a third Ascot Gold Cup this season and posted a fine effort when second in the trial here the last day. Dettori may have stuck with Enable but you’d write Stradivarius off at your peril.”

7.) Sottsass (Draw: 4)

Jockey: C Demuro 
Trainer: J C Rouget
Odds: 8/1

Comments: “Last year’s Prix du Jockey Club winner and was an impressive third in this race also. Not quite found the same level of form this season despite another Group 1 success in the Prix Ganay. Still one of the more lively home candidates though.”

8.) Enable (Draw: 5)

Jockey: Frankie Dettori
Trainer: John Gosden
Odds: 6/5

Comments: “Outstanding mare who won this race in 2017 and 2018 before finishing second to Waldgeist in last year’s renewal. Won a second King George this term and followed up with an easy success in the September Stakes the last day. Ground could be an issue but she looks to have a massive chance to create history and make it a third Arc win.”


9.) Deirdre (Draw: 12)

Jockey: Jamie Spencer
Trainer: M Hashida
Odds: 66/1

Comments: “Winner at the top-level on two occasions but hasn’t been at that same level of form recently. Got a lot to find here and is probably best watched.”

10.) Gold Trip (Draw: 9)

Jockey: S Pasquier
Trainer: F Chappet
Odds: 33/1

Comments: “Group 2 winner back in June who was third over course and distance in Group 1 company behind Mogul the last day. Needs to take a considerable step up if he’s to cut it against this company, but still lightly raced.”

11.) Chachnak (Draw: 13)

Jockey: T Piccone
Trainer: F Vermeulen
Odds: 100/1

Comments: “Winner of Group 3’s but was well down the field in the Prix du Jockey Club. Looks well held here and is hard to fancy.”

12.) In Swoop (Draw: 1)

Jockey: R Thomas
Trainer: F H Graffard
Odds: 9/1

Comments: “German Derby winner on penultimate outing in Hamburg before following up with a fine second here behind Mogul over course and distance. Conditions look sure to suit and whilst he needs to improve, he’s a lively player.”

13.) Mogul (Draw: 3)

Jockey: Ryan Moore
Trainer: AP O’Brien
Odds: 14/1

Comments: “Looks the first-string of the O’Brien raiders and is the choice of Ryan Moore. Winner of the Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris over course and distance last month in impressive style, has every chance of getting involved here if building on that effort.”

14.) Serpentine (Draw: 15)

Jockey: C Soumillon
Trainer: AP O’Brien
Odds: 12/1

Comments: “Wide margin winner of this year’s Epsom Derby when allowed to dominate from the front, finished a solid fourth of ten behind stablemate Mogul here last time but will find it tough to dominate this race. Still a live each-way candidate, that being said.”

15.) Raabihah (Draw: 2)

Jockey: M Guyon
Trainer: J C Rouget
Odds: 14/1

Comments: “Smart filly who has won three of her five outings, the defeats have however come within Group 1 company and the ground here is an unknown. She’s still very much unexposed and could prove a big player if getting some luck.”



ENABLE (6/5) (Win) (Finishing Position: 6th)

RAABIHAH (14/1) (Each-Way) (Finishing Position: 5th)


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