Day One Prix de l'Arc De Triomphe Meeting Preview 2023

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing

Longchamp - September 29 2023
Longchamp 11:23
Chris Hayes

Harbour Wind

J: Chris Hayes
T: D K Weld
Age: 3
Weight: 9-2
Days: 37

The first selection on day one of the Arc meeting at ParisLongchamp comes in the Group Two Prix Chaudenay over 1m7f and we are siding with the Irish raider Harbour Wind.

A model of consistency during his career to date making his debut over a mile at Cork in May when getting off the mark at the first time of asking.

Given a gelding operation, he returned in June and was stepped up to 1m2f when half a length behind the winner Pivotal Trigger for Jessica Harrington.

Sent back out 11 days later at Navan over the same trip he got back to winning ways in convincing style when bolting up by seven lengths.

Last seen being stepped up markedly in trip to 1m6f at Leopardstown in the Listed Vinnie Roe Stakes, he revelled in the distance to bolt up again by just under four lengths.

He is versatile when it comes to ground winning on both soft and good ground and stepping up an extra furlong could bring improvement for a yard that went close in the race last year.

Longchamp - September 29 2023
Longchamp 12:33
Frankie Dettori

Emily Dickinson

J: Frankie Dettori
T: A P O'Brien
Age: 4
Weight: 8-13
Days: 60

The feature race of the afternoon on day one of the meeting in France is the Group One Prix Du Cadran over 2m4f and having emphatically been won by Kyprios for Aidan O'Brien last year, we think he can do it again with Emily Dickinson.

Showing at the end of last term that she truly wanted a trip to aim at when scoring over two miles of soft to heavy ground at the Curragh in the Group Three Loughbrown Stakes, she has been campaigned that way this term.

Making a winning start to her season at Navan in the Listed Vintage Crop Stakes when bolting up by five lengths over 1m6f, she then went to Leopardstown over the same distance in the Group Three Levmoss Stakes and put up a run that was too bad to be true.

Sent to Royal Ascot when running a cracker in the Gold Cup finishing back in fourth behind the likes of Courage Mon Ami, Coltrane and Subjectivist on ground that was too quick for her, she then went to the Curragh and got back to winning ways in impressive style taking the Group Two Curragh Cup by three lengths.

Last seen at Glorious Goodwood over two miles in the Goodwood Cup in what turned out to be a farce of a race, she finished best of the rest in second behind runaway winner Quickthorn.

She has always looked like a horse that would be ideal for the Prix du Cadran, getting back to 2m4f on her ideal soft conditions, she should be tough to beat if on a going day.

Longchamp - September 29 2023
Longchamp 14:33
Mickael Barzalona

Melo Melo

J: Mickael Barzalona
T: F-H Graffard
Age: 4
Weight: 9-5
Days: 20

The other Group One on the card on Saturday is the Prix de Royallieu over 1m6f and we are siding with the French based Melo Melo for trainer Francis-Henri Graffard.

Starting her campaign off this term at Saint-Cloud in the Listed Prix de la Porte de Madrid when only going down by half a length, she improved for that run to again only go down by the same distance back in second in the Listed Prix Lord Seymour at Longchamp.

Stepped up in trip to 1m6f over C&D she got back to winning ways in impressive style in the Listed Prix Gold River and then made it back to back successes when taking the Group Two Prix de Pomone at Deauville.

Last seen when a head second to dual Group One winner Warm Heart in the Group One Prix Vermeille on good to soft ground, the softer the better for her and returning to a trip she has already won over this season makes her one of the more likely winners.

Longchamp - September 29 2023
Longchamp 15:08
Sean Levey

Isaac Shelby

J: Sean Levey
T: Brian Meehan
Age: 3
Weight: 8-11
Days: 35

The penultimate selection of the afternoon from Longchamp on Saturday comes in the Group Two Daniel Wildenstein over a mile and Isaac Shelby for Brian Meehan makes big appeal.

A smart juvenile when winning on his first two starts including in the Group Two Superlative Stakes, he finished the season when being outclassed in a good renewal of the Group One Dewhurst Stakes.

Returning this term on soft ground in the Group Three Greenham Stakes he ran out a very easy winner of the race, revelling in the conditions.

Sent to Longchamp over C&D in the Group One French 2000 Guineas he finished a head second being chinned late on by the big priced Marhaba Ya Sanafi.

Tried at Royal Ascot on ground too quick for him in the Group One St James's Palace Stakes he was no match for runaway winner Paddington back in fourth with the ground not to his liking.

He got back to form at Glorious Goodwood next time out when only going down by a head to Kinross in the Group Two Lennox Stakes running a cracker on good to soft ground.

Last seen at York in the Group Two City Of York Stakes when again behind Kinross but this time back in fourth with a common theme prevailing that he is not as good a horse on quick ground.

Getting back to a C&D he has ran well at this season at a higher level and returning to a surface with juice in it, sees him have plenty in his favour to return to winning ways.

Longchamp - September 29 2023
Longchamp 15:43
Mickael Barzalona

Horizon Dore

J: Mickael Barzalona
T: P Cottier
Age: 3
Weight: 9-0
Days: 27

The final event of the afternoon in France we have a selection for is the Group Two Prix Dollar and it is very hard to go against Horizon Dore seeking a four timer.

Unbeaten on his two starts last term as a juvenile, he made his debut this year in the Group Three Prix la Force when looking to need the run back in fifth.

Sent to Chantilly next time out when bumping into Big Rock again but getting closer in second in the Group Three Prix de Guiche.

Since then he has gone unbeaten in his last three races, getting back to winning ways when upped to 1m2f at Longchamp and bolting up in a Listed event.

Sent to Saint-Cloud in the Prix Eugene Adam when winning comfortably again by over two lengths and last time out he landed a hat-trick of wins in the Group Three Prix du Prince d'Orange, again winning comfortably.

Twice a winner at Longchamp this season, handling soft ground, he has big claims to land a four timer.