Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Tips and Race Guide

The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is the world’s premier turf race and is staged over 12 furlongs at Longchamp on the first Sunday of October.

Longchamp, sometimes known as ParisLongchamp, is the jewel in the French Racing crown and plays host to the ‘Arc’ in Western Paris. The race currently carries a purse of €5,000,000 and is funded by Qatari sponsorship and early closing entries in the spring.

Racing is staged over two days, but the crowd swells on Arc Sunday and the recently-renovated grandstand holds a capacity of 60,000.

The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe was first run in 1920 at Longchamp racecourse. Its
name commemorates soldiers that celebrated the end of the First World War by parading
under the Parisian landmark.

John Gosden’s daughter of Nathaniel, Enable, won back-to-back Arcs in 2017 and 2018. The 2017 edition took place at Chantilly during the Longchamp reconstruction and she was crowned the first Arc winner at the new Longchamp, narrowly defeating Sea of Class. Enable was sportingly kept in training but failed to win a third Arc when reattempting in both 2019 and 2020. Enable was retired after the 2020 Arc.

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe News

2021 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Review

2021 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Review

It was a real thrill and privilege to be back at Longchamp last weekend after what has seemed an eternity since the 2019 edition – the last that paying spectators were able to attend. The weather more of less held up and for those that made the journey, the raceday experience was excellent.

On a sporting level, unless you backed him at 80-1, it was hard not to be underwhelmed by the Arc winner Torquator Tasso himself, who appeared to face an impossible task based on his form with Alpinista.

Here are my quick-fire thoughts on the main talking points from the weekend:

Raiders

The weekend was a resounding success for the raiders – in particular, the Brits. The home team won just two of the Group Ones, both on Sunday, with fillies Zellie and Rougir.

Ground

There were some strange comments in the build-up to the Arc, including from Charlie Appleby and the Longchamp clerk, suggesting the ground would be no worse that soft or good to soft. Those who followed the forecast closely were well-prepared for what was to come.

Spectators

Perhaps walk-ups suffered due to the terrible rain on Sunday morning, but the 15,000 who attended the 2021 Arc was a far cry from the 40,000 who saw Waldgeist in 2019. France Galop made an aggressive bid to target the British this summer, but it was clear that they were put off from Covid restrictions, including the expensive PCR tests on return. France Galop needs to get its own public, and Paris, engaged.

Jockeys

Frankie Dettori, William Buick, James Doyle, Oisin Murphy – the weekend belonged to them, in particular, Dettori. With Boudot on the sidelines, Guyon and Barzalona have dominated the Parisian tracks this year, in part, due to their connections to the Fabre stable.

The French jockeys, and most of their horses, appear uncomfortable when the British-based jockeys are able to set a strong tempo. Loving Dream was given the ride of the weekend on Saturday by Dettori in the Group One Prix de Royallieu (too bad for those of us who backed Believe In Love!).

Soumillon was celebrating a handicap win on Woot City in the lucky last on Saturday, but most of the the spectators had already left the course.

Arqana’s riches

The Criterium Arqana, a two-year-old race for Arqana yearlings run on the Saturday, is worth €140,000 to the winner and was won by an 89-rated son of Zarak, Purplepay. Clive Cox had the right idea running Pavlodar. More need to target the race.

2022 prospects

In Zellie and Angel Bleu, the Group Ones for two-year-olds on Arc Day were won by battle-hardened juveniles who are likely to be overtaken next year. The ones to follow at the highest level next year are Real World and Dubai Honour.

 

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Top Trainers 

1. André Fabre 8 wins

2. Charles Semblat 4 wins

3. François Mathet 4 wins

4. Alec Head 4 wins

5. Frank Carter 3 wins

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Top Jockeys 

1. Frankie Dettori 6 wins

2. Jacques Doyasbère 4 wins

3. Freddy Head 4 wins

4. Yves Saint-Martin 4 wins

5. Pat Eddery 4 wins

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Tristan’s French Racing Tips – 03 October

Tristan’s French Racing Tips – 03 October

A few conspiracy theories may do the rounds this afternoon if 11/8 favourite Raclette is pulled at the eleventh hour for the Prix Marcel Boussac and Fabre’s other two, Fleur D’Iris and Zellie, fight out the win. With the rain continuing to tip down in Paris this...

French Racing Tips – 02 October

French Racing Tips – 02 October

The Group One Prix de Royallieu at 2.50pm has an open feel to it with Raabihah now taking her chance in the Prix de l’Arc tomorrow. Alain de Royer-Dupre is quitting the training ranks at the end of this season and his 15/8 favourite Valia ticks many boxes here. She...

Qatar Prix Daniel Wildenstein – Preview

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How to get there

Metro

Longchamp is served by metro stations to the north-east and south-east of the racecourse. Above Longchamp, patrons can take the Metro Line 1 to Porte Maillot and then a shuttle on major racedays and Sundays from the bus stop of the 244 bus. Alternatively, they can take the Metro Line 10 to Porte d’Auteuil and the shuttle bus leaves from the top of the station at street level.

The shuttle adds time to the journey but from then it is a non-stop transfer, making the small wait worthwhile.

Taxi

If you are treating yourself to a trip to Longchamp whilst on holiday or are able to split the fare, a taxi makes sense, even from Central Paris or Gare du Nord.

An Uber costs about €35 from Central Paris to the racecourse and takes half an hour.

Fly

Longchamp can be reached via Charles de Gaulle or Orly airports. Orly is much closer and is well worth selecting if you can. From there, it is a 40-minute taxi to the racecourse.

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French Racing Tips – 17 October

French Racing Tips – 17 October

It's hard to keep up with the Listed Prix de Ranelagh, every year it seems to keep moving. We are used to it taking place at Chantilly and being farmed by the British raiders but this year it is back at Longchamp. Progressive three-year-olds do well with the 3lb...

Prix de la Foret – Tip

Prix de la Foret – Tip

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Tristan’s French Racing Tips – 03 October

Tristan’s French Racing Tips – 03 October

A few conspiracy theories may do the rounds this afternoon if 11/8 favourite Raclette is pulled at the eleventh hour for the Prix Marcel Boussac and Fabre’s other two, Fleur D’Iris and Zellie, fight out the win. With the rain continuing to tip down in Paris this...

French Racing Tips – 02 October

French Racing Tips – 02 October

The Group One Prix de Royallieu at 2.50pm has an open feel to it with Raabihah now taking her chance in the Prix de l’Arc tomorrow. Alain de Royer-Dupre is quitting the training ranks at the end of this season and his 15/8 favourite Valia ticks many boxes here. She...

French Racing Antepost Tips – 29 September

French Racing Antepost Tips – 29 September

Five of the last seven winners of the Prix de l'Opera were three-year-olds and I fancy that the good run of the classic generation will continue this weekend. Snowfall and Tarnawa will disappear from the list at 10.30am UK time this morning and although Love is quoted...

French Racing Tips – 12 September

French Racing Tips – 12 September

A couple catch my eye on the Arc Trials card this afternoon, which I have previewed for Race Sharp here.   My first bet this afternoon is speculative but I have been planning for a while to get Media Stream back onside once he gets a better surface. This son of...

French Racing Tips – 09 September

French Racing Tips – 09 September

Ahead of a sumptuous weekend of racing which promises to throw up plenty of clues for Arc weekend, the Prix d'Aumale this afternoon at Longchamp presents an attractive betting opportunity with the UK books. George Boughey and Karl Burke send fillies who appear to have...

French Racing Tips

French Racing Tips

A high-class card at ParisLongchamp this evening and our bet goes in the Group 2 Prix de Malleret, with Adhafera looking overpriced at double-figure odds this morning. The Jean-Claude Rouget-trained daughter of Sea The Stars won a good-ground maiden in April, but was...

French Racing Tips

French Racing Tips

It happened again this week. On Friday after a dodgy canter to post at Lyon-Parilly, I was dead keen to oppose Jerome Reynier's Ursuly, despite her taking a step down in class. The form pick was clearly Valdarann, a recent winner at Bordeaux, so I made him my bet -...

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