The 2019 Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe weekend takes place on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October and the world waits with bated-breath to see if Enable can create history with a third win in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
Check out our stats, analysis and free tip for the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe, as well as our best bets for the Prix Du Cadran and the Prix De L’Abbaye.
Prix Du Cadran Analysis
16:35 on Saturday 5th October
The Prix Du Cadran is the Group 1 highlight of the first day of the 2019 Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe meeting and some of the best stayers in Europe will battle it out for a first prize of €189,00 over a stamina-sapping 2 miles 3 furlongs and 194 yards.
The French challenge is headed by Call The Wind, who is looking to win it for a second successive year. But perhaps the best-named winner would be Way To Paris, who is an interesting contender stepping up to this trip for the first time after posting two decent performances behind Marmelo and Waldgeist.
But the Brits have trained two of the last five winners with High Jinx and Quest For More and neither of those was in the same league as this year’s favourite.
Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe Analysis
15:05 on Sunday 6th October
The Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe takes place over 1 mile 3 furlongs and 204 yards and is the richest race in Europe with the winner picking up a cool €2,809,972.
The odds-on favourite Enable has already earned a place in the record books with two wins in the race but an unprecedented third would set her apart from her predecessors. A draw in stall-nine isn’t ideal but shouldn’t be a worry as she possesses the tactical pace to get into a good early position.
Fillies also have a great record in the race, and seven of the last eight editions of the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe have been won by the fairer sex. But she will have to create history if she is to win a third, and Marienbard is the only 5-year-old in the last 30 years to win the race.
But if you’re not going to back Enable, the question is who do you take her on with? She’s already brushed aside Magical and Waldgeist on numerous occasions. That means the 3-year-olds Japan and Sottsass could be her biggest rivals. Japan could have easily been trying to follow in the footsteps of English Derby winners like Sea The Stars, Workforce, or Golden Horn but, after only finishing third in the Derby, he has taken his form to a new level, culminating in a win over Enable’s old rival Crystal Ocean last time. He could give Aidan O’Brien a third win in the race but his draw in stall-10 isn’t ideal.
Prix De L’Abbaye Analysis
16:30 on Sunday 6th October
This blink or you’ll miss it Group 1 is run over 4 furlongs 213 yards and it’s not for the faint-hearted punter having produced its fair share of shocks over the years. English-trained winners have dominated the last six editions and it will be a major surprise if this lucrative prize does not again make its way across the English Channel.
The big question for punters is which Battaash will turn up. The Charlie Hills-trained 5-year-old was devastating in the 2017 edition but flopped last year behind the re-opposing Mabs Cross. But Battaash won his first Nunthorpe at the third attempt this year and, if he turns up in the same form, he’ll surely win.