The prestigious Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe is fast approaching and is the most valuable turf race in Europe and second in the world only to the Everest. It is again set to be held at Longchamp on October 6th and is all about the record breaking filly, Enable. Can she become the first horse to win this famous race on three occasions? Here we cover the leading contenders at this stage for the best online horse race, that is set to be a very supported event by punters.
Enable heads the betting at a general 11/10 as she goes in search of her third Arc in succession following successes in both 2017 and 2018. The five year old daughter of Nathaniel continues to deliver and is seen by many as the world’s best racehorse. She is coming of the back of two further Group one victories this season, including the battling success over Crystal Ocean in the King George at Ascot.
Spine-tingling! Enable wins the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes again in a titanic battle up the @Ascot straight with Crystal Ocean! pic.twitter.com/tD76zmVmbd
— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) July 27, 2019
Enable has now won 12 of her 13 lifetime starts, with her only defeat coming back in 2017 on only her second start. If she can continue to maintain her form then she is going to take the world of beating in France and could yet surpass the likes of Ribot, Alleged and Treve in winning this famous race on three occasions. This would all but cement her legacy as one of the all-time greats.
Crystal Ocean is again set to renew his rivalry with the filly and is the general second favourite at 5/1. He has yet to finish out of the first three in his 16 lifetime starts and continues to be one of the most consistent top level performers in training. He has continued to improve with age, which is no surprise considering he is trained by Sir Michael Stoute. This culminated with his breakthrough Group one victory at Royal Ascot, as he landed the Prince of Wales’s Stakes impressively. He is again expected to pose the biggest threat to Enable.
Crystal Ocean wins the Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes! @Ascot #RoyalAscot pic.twitter.com/rDkMIpf12K
— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) June 19, 2019
The recent French Derby winner Sottsass is the current third favourite for the race at 8/1. The three year old is trained by J-C Rouget and has improved dramatically in recent starts. This started with a six and a half-length victory in the Prix de Suresnes. He then followed this up most recently with the breakthrough Group one victory in the French Derby, when downing the favourite Persian King by two lengths. If he can improve again then he could just pose a threat to the leading pair for the home team.
SOTTSASS WINS G1 PRIX DU JOCKEY CLUB ??@CristianDemuro lands the French Derby for a second time in three years on Sottsass who sweeps past Persian King to land the French Classic at @fgchantilly very impressively ?
? @AtTheRaces pic.twitter.com/Ru03Cbg104
— World Horse Racing (@WHR) June 2, 2019
The final contender worth a mention at this stage is the Aiden O’Brien trained, Japan. He can be supported at around 9/1. He is a hugely exciting three year old as is coming off the back of a recent victory at the track when landing the Group one Grand Prix de Paris. Prior to this he had landed a gamble at Royal Ascot in the Group two King Edward, when powering up the straight to win by just over four lengths.
Japan had clearly taken time to come to himself as he was beaten over five lengths in the Dante, before running a half-length third in the Derby, despite drifting heavily in the betting. It would appear he is now clearly the top three year old from the UK, so could also be a major threat to the other leading contenders.
?? Japan wins the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes
Lift off for Ryan Moore and Aidan O’Brien!#RoyalAscot pic.twitter.com/c3b1dwjOmz
— ITV Racing (@itvracing) June 21, 2019