Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe: A Runner’s Guide

October 5, 2018 News

1: Defoe – (Stall 18) – Roger Varian/Andrea Atzeni

Beaten by a neck in his most recent outing in Germany, and is 0-3 in Group 1 races this season. Has showed promise earlier in the season with Group 2 and 3 victories to his name over the same distance. High draw not in favour.

Form: 0-1132

Age: 4

Weight: 9-5

Odds: 50/1

2: Salouen – (Stall 7) – Sylvester Kirk/Oisin Murphy

Runner up in Group 1 company behind Cracksman in the Coronation Cup, and wasn’t too far away in France behind Waldgeist in the same distance. Draw could be worse.

Form:-32343

Age: 4

Weight: 9-5

Odds: 100/1

3: Capri – (Stall 4) – A P O’Brien/Donnacha O’Brien

Behind 4 of these entries in previous run over this course and distance in September. Strong 3 year old form with Group 1 wins such as the Irish Derby and St Leger and Donnacha O’Brien on board for the first time. Among the better draws.

Form: 110-15

Age: 4

Weight: 9-5

Odds: 25/1

4: Way To Paris – (Stall 10) – Antonio Marcialis/Gerald Mosse

Italian trained Way to Paris has finished behind Waldgeist 3 times this season with closest effort coming back in May over this course and distance. Has since finished ahead of Capri and Clincher here and draw is not the worst.

Form: 242364

Age: 5

Weight: 9-5

Odds:125/1

5: Waldgeist – (Stall 13) – A Fabre/Pierre-Charles Boudot

French Group 1 winner back in July at Saint-Cloud, and comfortably beat five rivals in this race over C&D last month. Draw higher than connections might have hoped for.

Form: -51111

Age: 4

Weight: 9-5

Odds: 7/1

6: Cloth Of Stars – (Stall 9) – A Fabre/Vincent Cheminaud:

Runner-up in this race last year behind Enable, has since been beaten by Talismanic and twice by Waldgeist. Came into this race last year with a Group 1 win under his belt.
Form:-23364

Draw could be worse.

Age: 5

Weight: 9-5

Odds: 40/1

7: Talismanic – (Stall 8) – A Fabre/Mickael Barzalona:

Well drawn, but this is a tougher assignment than his Group 1 victory at the Breeders’ Cup, and has since won over 1m2f in a Group 3 and runner up behind Waldgeist over C&D.

Form:12-191

Age: 5

Weight: 9-5

Odds: 33/1

8: Tiberian – (Stall 5) – Alain Couetil/William Buick:

Yet to win this season, and 5th placed finish at Deauville in August was uninspiring. However, draw and jockey are both positives.

Form:0-4725

Age: 6

Weight: 9-5

Odds: 125/1

9: Clincher – (Stall 1) – Hiroshi Miyamoto/Yutaka Take:

Flying the flag for Japan this year and drawn well. Open to improvement but finished behind Waldgeist by 8l here in September over C&D.

Form:2-1336

Age: 4

Weight: 9-5

Odds: 50/1

10: Enable – (Stall 6) – John Gosden/Frankie Dettori:

Had a fantastic 2017, winning the Epsom Oaks and ending the season with victory at Chantilly. Looked as impressive as ever when beating Crystal Ocean at Kempton by 3.5 lengths when last seen. Very well drawn in stall 6.

Form:1111-1

Age: 4

Weight: 9-2

Odds: Evs

11: Neufbosc – (Stall 11) – Mme Pia Brandt:

Lightly raced colt with two wins to his name over C&D this year but came up short in Group 1 company behind fellow entry Kew Gardens. Draw is not plum, but not impossible either.

Form:121123

Age: 3

Weight: 8-13

Odds: 40/1

12: Patascoy – (Stall 2) – X Thomas-Demeaulte/Olivier Peslier:

Runner up behind fellow entry Study of Man in June, but has since been beaten comfortably in Group 2 company behind Knight to Behold. Draw is good enough.

Form:3-1222

Age: 3

Weight: 8-13

Odds: 40/1

13: Kew Gardens – (Stall 14) – A P O’Brien/Ryan Moore:

Highly drawn which is a negative, but has a Group 1 C&D to his name along with the St Leger in September.

Form:291131

Age: 3

Weight: 8-13

Odds: 10/1

14: Study Of Man – (Stall 19) – P Bary/Stephane Pasquier:

Group 1 and Group 2 victories earlier in the season, step up to 1m4f is sure to suit, but the widest draw in the field is a negative.

Form:-21135

Age: 3

Weight: 8-13

Odds: 33/1

15: Louis D’Or – (Stall 17) – T Castanheira/Antoine Hamelin:

Not beaten by a huge distance when third to Study of Man over 1m2.5f in June, stepped up in trip here in September but failed to convince, finishing behind both Neufbosc and Hunting Horn. Wide draw far from ideal.

Form:303356

Age: 3

Weight: 8-13

Odds: 150/1

16: Hunting Horn (Stall 12) – A P O’Brien/Seamie Heffernan:

Defeat over C&D last month between Brundtland in Group 2 company doesn’t make this horse the most appealing from the O’Brien yard and draw isn’t quite ideal.

Form:361382

Age: 3

Weight: 8-13

Odds: 40/1

17: Nelson – (Stall 3) – A P O’Brien/Michael Hussey:

Reliable pacemaker for Ballydoyle this season and has raced in three of Kew Garden’s victories. Yet to win since steping up from 1m2f, the draw is good enough.

Form:163567

Age: 3

Weight: 8-13

Odds: 200/1

18: Magical – (Stall 16) – A P O’Brien/Wayne Lordan:

Got close to Laurens in the Matron Stakes, but that was over a mile, and this filly is yet to prove she has the stamina for 1m4f.

Form:44-414

Age: 3

Weight: 8-9

Odds: 40/1

19: Sea Of Class – (Stall 15) – William Haggas/James Doyle:

Unbeaten since stepping up from a mile in May, Sea of Class has since added two Group One victories to her name in the form of the Irish Oaks and the Yorkshire Oaks. Has a tough draw to overcome.

Form:21111

Odds: 10/3