Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Preview & Quiz
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Preview & Quiz
This Sunday sees the 2016 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe meeting at Chantilly as a selection of the worlds best flat horses go head to head on neutral ground in France. The iconic meeting is usually held at Longchamp but due to that been under renovation, it has been moved to Chantilly for the next couple of years. In this blog we will be previewing four of the eight Group 1 races on Sunday including the big one as Roger Varian’s POSTPONED looks too top off a near perfect season in style.
Prix de lOpera
But first we will start off with the fillies only Prix de lOpera where there is a red hot favourite in the ever improving SO MI DAR. The Andrew Lloyd-Webber filly was one of the hot favourites for The Oaks before being withdrawn due to injury. She then made a winning return to a race track winning predominantly on hands and heels over 1m 2f in the middle of September at Yarmouth which has only enhanced her chances of maintaining her unbeaten record in the Prix de lOpera. Her main rival looks set to be Yorkshire Oaks winner and Aiden O’Brien trained SEVENTH HEAVEN. She has also had a terrific year as a three-year-old with her only loss coming too half sister Minding in The Oaks. It may be a little closer than the bookies are suggesting but we fully expect SO MI DAR to reign supreme and maintain her unbeaten record. Get her best priced 11/8 at Bet365 HERE.
Prix de la Floret
Well, it’s safe to say this race looks pretty one sided, IF the rain stays away. Unsurprisingly the well backed fav is the Henry Candy trained LIMATO who was also runner up in this race last year and we fully expect him to go one better and claim the €171,000 prize money this year. Limato has had a rather interesting season finishing 4th in the Lockinge Stakes on his first outing but then excelling back over 6f in the July Cup at Newmarket to win by two lengths. He was then a big favourite for the Nunthorpe Stakes but heavy rain and deteriorating ground paved the way for a superb MECCA’S ANGEL masterclass with Limato finishing back in second. He was then entered into the Haydock Sprint Cup but with torrential rain at Haydock, he was pulled out just before the race. IF, as forecasted, the weather stays dry, then it will be extremely hard to beat the four-year-old gelding. But if the rain does come and Limato is withdrawn or if you’re just looking for some sort of each way value, we fancy Weber Park Stakes winner BRETON ROCK to go close. Get LIMATO at best odds 5/4 at Bet365 HERE or get BRETON ROCK at best odds 12/1 at SkyBet HERE.
Prix De lAbbaye
This is a little tougher to predict than the other races simply because, it’s all down to what the weather does! Michael Dods trained mare MECCA’S ANGEL looks the obvious favourite for the race after destroying Limato in the Nunthorpe Stakes but connections have recently stated the horse needs rain at Chantilly and for the ground to ease off or else she will be pulled and with the forecast looking like it will suit faster ground horses, it is at the moment seeming increasingly unlikely that she will run. But, if she doesn’t the show still goes on! We’re really liking the look of the Sir Mark Prescott filly MARSHA. Since winning the City Walls Stakes at York in July, she has gone onto put in two career best performances in Group races with her most recent one coming a couple of weeks ago at Chantilly where she finished 2nd behind Just Glamorous so it’s safe to say she is prepared for the race. Get MECCA’S ANGEL best priced 2/1 at BetStars HERE or get MARSHA best priced 14/1 at BetVictor HERE.
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
Now for the big one, the infamous Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and we can really only see one winner in this iconic mile and a half race. It did originally look like it was going to be a battle between the Jean-Claude Rouget trained LA CRESSONNIERE and Roger Varian’s Juddmonte International winner POSTPONED but La Cressonniere was pulled out at the start of this week after sustaining an injury in training. This has then left POSTPONED as the outstanding favourite and rightly so with the horse been unbeaten since his move to Roger Varian and his four wins coming in one Group 2 contest and three Group 1 contests. If you fancy some each way value, Ascot Gold Cup winner ORDER OF ST GEORGE could look a great bet. Despite been dragged back in trip, it is certainly a horse with plenty of talent and if he can discover any of his 1m 6f form over a mile and a half, he will should go close for place money. Get POSTPONED at best priced 2/1 at SkyBet HERE or ORDER OF ST GEORGE at best priced 20/1 HERE.
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