The dust has only recently settled on a shock 2021 renewal of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the betting odds are already out for the 2022 edition.
2021 favourite and runner-up Tarnawa retires to the paddocks, but the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th could all return to Longchamp next year to challenge for Europe’s premier middle distance race.
German champion Torquator Tasso is a 20-1 shot to double up in the Arc as a five-year-old with William Hill. He may not set the world alight if he takes in a quiet series of local prep races for the Arc, but his odds have the scope to shorten if he can capture an early or mid-season contest such as the King George, Prix Ganay or Grand Prix de Saint Cloud.
Charlie Appleby’s middle distance stars Hurricane Lane and Adayar both look almost certain to stay in training at the time of writing, priced at 10-1 and 14-1 respectively with Sky Bet. Both Frankel colts have low mileage but the project for connections next year will surely be to try to get Adayar to win a 10-furlong Group One such as the Juddmonte International after a quiet spring. Therefore it is logical that Hurricane Lane heads the betting for the 2022 Arc and this time he will not have to run in the St Leger beforehand.
Sealiway was fifth in the 2021 Arc but then surprised in the Champion Stakes two weeks later. The Calas-trained colt is a 12-1 shot for the 2022 Arc but may instead take in international races.
Andre Fabre was without a runner in the 2021 Arc and he may look to a three-year-old next year for the big race. Ancient Rome was eye-catching in the Lagadere and will presumably take in the French Classics next spring. Coolmore’s son of War Front is a 33-1 shot for the Arc.
Native Trail (25-1) and Luxembourg (20-1) are plausible runners but given their future stallion profiles, they are probably both odds-against to line up.
The 2022 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe takes place on Sunday 2 October 2022 in Paris at Longchamp racecourse. It will be live on ITV Racing, At The Races and streamed on all good bookmakers’ apps, such as Fitzdares and William Hill.