Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

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Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe preview
Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe preview

The world’s most prestigious horse race takes place this weekend as Longchamp hosts the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on Saturday afternoon. The Group 1 flat race is contested over a distance of 1m4f and this year’s renewal offers a massive purse of €5,000,000. Here at we’ll preview the much-anticipated race, offering the latest race odds and horse racing free bet offers from our betting partners at Betfair.

Race History

The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe was first contested in 1920 with three-year-old French colt, Comrade winning the inaugural race.

The race has been sponsored by the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club since 2008 and is now the richest flat turf race in the world.

Eight horses have won the ‘Arc’ twice including both Treve (2013 & 2014) and Enable (2017 & 2018) this century. Enable’s winning jockey, Frankie Dettori has a record six Arc wins whilst Andre Fabre is the race’s most successful trainer with eight previous wins.

British trainer, Sir Mark Prescott claimed the 2022 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe with Luke Morris riding Alpinista to victory. Vadeni and Torquator Tasso finished second and third respectively.

This Year’s Leading Contenders

There are fifteen confirmed runners for this year’s renewal and the market is headed by unbeaten Prix du Jockey Club winner, Ace Impact. The Arc has been the target for Ace Impact’s trainer, Jean-Claude Rouget since winning the Prix du Jockey Club and he took his record to 5/5 when comfortably winning the Group 2 Prix Guillaume d'Ornano at Deauville last time out.

Ace Impact’s chances were boosted by a favourable stall draw with the antepost favourite set to off from stall eight.

Continuous will start in stall seven and the bookies’ odds suggest he’ll be the main danger to race favourite, Ace Impact. The Aidan O’Brien-trained three-year-old, Continuous arrives at Longchamp on the back of Betfred St Leger success just two weeks ago. No horse has ever done the St Leger / Arc double although 1977 Arc winner, Alleged had finished second in the St Leger that year. Continuous has also won the Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes over Saturday’s 1m4f distance.

Hukum’s price has eased slightly since the draw was made after the two-time Group 1 winner was drawn right out in stall fourteen. Hukum was an impressive winner of the Coronation Cup at Epsom in June and was back in the winner’s enclosure when landing the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot a month later. Two horses have won both the King George and Arc in the same year whilst 2010 Arc winner, Workforce had finished fifth in that year’s King George renewal. Far from an ideal draw, but Hukum can not be ruled out of this.

Westover was second in the King George last time out but the Group 1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud winner has been handed a plum draw in stall one. The four-year-old could only manage sixth in last year’s Arc but he was running on and is a big player from an excellent draw.

Outside Chances

Since 1987, eleven runners have won the Arc having last run in the Prix Niel. The Group 2 race is run over the Arc’s C&D and serves as a trial for the big race. This year’s Prix Niel was won by 11/1 shot, Fantastic Moon. The three-year-old has been drawn out in stall eleven but he’s more than capable of landing this. Fantastic Moon has also won the Group 1 Idee 154th Deutsches Derby in Germany. There have been two German-trained winners of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe this century and Fantastic Moon is more than capable of following in the footsteps of Danedream (2011) and Torquator Tasso (2021).

If you’re looking for value at a bigger price then Frankie Dettori’s ride, Free Wind could be just that. Six time Arc winner, Dettori enters the race for the final time in his illustrious career and he could get a good run from stall three. Second in the Yorkshire Oaks last time out and this has served as a great prep race in recent years with both Enable (2017) and Alpinista (2022) following up by winning the Arc. Last win over 1m4f came in the Group 2 Lancashire Oaks in July 2022 but the Dettori factor should not be underestimated.

Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Odds

  1. 5/2: Ace Impact
  2. 11/2: Continuous
  3. 6/1: Hukum
  4. 13/2: Westover
  5. 8/1: Feed The Flame
  6. 11/1: Bay Bridge, Through Seven Seas, Fantastic Moon
  7. 20/1: Place Du Carrousel, Free Wind
  8. 28/1: Onesto, Simca Mille
  9. 33/1: Mr Hollywood
  10. 100/1: Sisfahan, Haya Zark

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