The Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe is the greatest flat race in Europe and will be run this Sunday (3rd October) over 12 furlongs at Longchamp in France. Last year we saw a truly great horse in Sea the Stars win it. Harbinger would have been a very interesting runner this year but with him injured and off to stud, this years race looks a fairly open affair.
Fame and Glory (pictured) amongst others, travels across the English Channel from Aidan O’Briens yard to take on the French hopefuls Behkabad, Sarafina and Planteur. The going looks as though it will be very soft or even heavy come Sunday afternoon, but it will be the same for all the runners. Fame and Glory has already shown that his best efforts have been on soft ground and he has had this race mapped out for him since he ran sixth in last years race. Cape Blanco joins him from Aidan O’Briens yard but this race might just be one too many in what has been a great season for him. The bookmakers seem to think so as they make him twice the odds of Workforce who he has finished in front of on two occasions. Workforce will come into the race a fresh horse as will Fame and Glory. Sir Michael Stoute is happy with the well being of Workforce and if he reproduces his Epsom Derby form he could go very close.
The race before the Arc, the Prix de la Foret run over 7 furlongs looks as though it could be a cracker. Super filly Goldikova is a warm favourite but she has disappointed before on soft or heavy ground. Special Duty comes into the race a fresh horse having been rested since her poor run in the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket’s July Meeting. Paco Boy and Dick Turpin travel over from Richard Hannons yard. Paco Boy won this race as a three year old. Dandy Nicholls sends over Regal Parade and the going will be just what he wants to produce his best form and he might well spring a surprise and beat this more illustrious field.