French horse racing has returned and with that comes the anticipation of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in October!
If you like the horses and occasionally pick up on the big races then the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe buzz will not have escaped your notice. Over the last few weeks, speculation over the entries has been rife and odds chopping and changing on an almost daily basis.
If you’re not too knowledgeable on the race, don’t worry, here’s a quick run down to bring you up to speed. The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is a Group 1 flat horse race in France which is open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at Longchamp over a distance of 2,400 metres (about 1½ miles). The race is scheduled to take place each year, usually on the first Sunday in October and in this year, 2020, it will be on Sunday, October 4th.
Popularly referred to as the “Arc”, it is the second most prestigious horse race in Europe, and one of the most renowned international events in any sport. Many of its winners are subsequently regarded as champions, and its roll of honour features such highly acclaimed horses as Ribot, Sea-Bird, Dancing Brave, Zarkava, Enable and Sea The Stars.
The present sponsor of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC). The sponsorship agreement between France Galop and the QREC was signed in Doha in 2008. The prize money for the Arc is €5,000,000. Such high prize money makes it the richest flat race ran on turf.
The purse for the whole weekend of the “Arc” meeting now stands at €9.7 million (about US$ $10 million). It includes seven races classed at Group 1 level and four with Group 2 status.
Given the vast amount of money up for grabs at this race, it’s now easy to see why there’s so much interest in it. This year is as competitive as ever so for the latest and best odds available just check out the details below.
The Arc Records
A total of eight horses share the record for being the most successful. They have all won the race twice, the first being Ksar back in 1921 and 1922. Alleged won it twice in ’77 and ’78 but then it took another 25 years for another horse to win it twice. This was Treve, who won in 2013 and 14. Enable is the most recent horse to get two wins, they came in 2017 and 18.
Frankie Dettori is the most successful jockey in the history of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. He has raced six winners in his career. His first was Lammtarra in 1995, and also rode Enable on both their wins.
Andre Fabre takes the accolade as the most successful trainer. His first winner was way back in 1987, which was Trempolino. It appeared his winning days were over having not won one since 2006 with Rail Link. However, he returned in 2019 with Waldgeist to land his eighth winner.
The leading owners is are Marcel Boussac and Khaled Abdullah. They have both owned a total of six winners
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Odds
The two-time winner Enable is currently the favourite for this year’s race at 11/2. Last year he came second by only a length and half and already has experience of winning the race.
Almond Eye is the second favourite at 12/1. The Japanese horse had never raced in Europe before but bosts a good record in Asia. In nine races he has seven wins and one-third place.
Contrail is at 16/1, and like Almond Eye, this is its first race in Europe. Contrail has run three times, each of which finishing first.
Japan joins Contrail at 16/1. The Aiden O’Brien trained horse was in this race last year and finished fourth by a total of four lengths. Japan hasn’t raced since but will be looking to get at least one in before The Arc.
The final 16/1 priced horse is Logician. Logician has never raced at Longchamps before but boasts five wins out of five in flat racing.
There are lots more odds available on the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. These will change as the race gets closer, so it could be worth backing one now!