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.