The Prix De L'Arc De Triomphe is run over a distance of 1 mile and 4 furlongs and takes places at its temporary home at Chantilly on Sunday.

The race is certainly the highest quality Group 1 middle distance event on the European racing calendar and is arguably the best race of this type in the world.

Some true greats have the race over the past twenty years including Montjeu, Sinndar, Dalakhani, Zarkava , Sea The Stars and the renowned Treve.


This year Enable is a touch of odds-on to record another Arc victory for her trainer John Gosden but can she really be backed at theprice with confidence?

According to the official statistics no winner of the Oaks, Irish Oaks, Yorkshire Oaks or filly winner of King George has ever won the Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe. She’s going to have to do something really special on Sunday afternoon to unshackle herself from that statistical millstone.

Runner-by-runner guide


Victory aboard the John Gosden trained Enable would give her jockey Frankie Dettori a fifth Arc elevating him above Jacques Doyasbere, Freddy Head, Yves Saint-Martin, Pat Eddery, Olivier Peslier and Thierry Jarnet, who are all on four wins each.

Enable was supplemented on Wednesday morning at a cost of 120,000 euros as she was not entered at the first entry stage.

That fee will pale into insignificance if she manages to land the 2.85m euro first prize pot.


Sir Michael Stoute's four-year-old finished second to Enable in the King George before winning the Juddmonte International at York on his latest start.

Stoute's Coral-Eclipse and Juddmonte International hero will have his work cut out to reverse the form with Enable but Frankie Dettori does rate him as one of his main dangers.

Order Of St George

Donnacha O’Brien had to wait and see which of his father’s remaining entries he was going to be jocked up on and his father has decided it will be Order Of St George for his son based on the probable going come Sunday.

It is very possible AOB has out his son aboard his best chance in the race. Ryan Moore has already won an Arc and Donnacha is one of his offspring after all.

The five year old was third a year ago after a shock Irish Leger defeat but won that race with ease at the Curragh earlier this month.


French Guineas and Derby hero Brametot is reported to have been doing all the right things on the gallops and his trainer is enthusiastic about his chances.

After clocking up a hat-trick of wins at the start of the season a question mark had been hanging over him after the first disappointing run of his career when behind Eminent in last month's Prix Guillaume d'Ornano at Deauville.

Connections put that down to a ricked back and he is now firing again on all cylinders.

Dschingis Secret

Trained in Cologne by Markus Klug, Prix Foy winner Dschingis Secret has been the subject of sustained support in the betting this week based on the predicted going.

Adrie de Vries, who landed the Group 1 Preis von Europa in Cologne at the weekend for Klug, is relishing his first Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe ride on Dschingis Secret.


Winter's winning streak came to an end in the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown, but Aidan O'Brien believes enough in her to have a crack at the Arc with his dual Guineas heroine.

There is a slight doubt over her stamina lasting out over this 1m 4f however.


Another piece of the Ballydoyle jigsaw and a decent winner to boot in the recent St Leger at Doncaster.

It does make you wonder though if this was an afterthought but Capri cannot be dismissed lightly.


The four-year-old has had a break since winning the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud at the beginning of July but put in a nice gallop on Tuesday morning.

Zarak is a 14/1 chance with 888sport to give owner Aga Khan a fifth success in the Arc and Royer-Dupre a third.

Satono Diamond

Satono Diamond lines up in Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in an attempt to end years of Japanese heartbreak in the race.

His modest fourth of six in the Prix Foy hardly enhanced his standing as a serious Arc candidate and it is a struggle to make a real case for him.

Cloth Of Stars

Andre Fabre saddles Cloth Of Stars for Team Godolphin, who are looking for a third success in the Arc after a gap of 15 years.

Cloth of Stars beat Zarak to win the Group 1 Prix Ganay in Saint Cloud earlier in the season and appears to have been overlooked somewhat in the betting.


At Ascot Enable had Ulysses, Idaho and Highland Reel all in behind. It’s a fair call to say Idaho will be trailing her home again in this contest.

Seventh Heaven

Two-time Group 1-winning filly Seventh Heaven, had not been seen since a devastating display at Newmarket in May before trailing home last in the Blandford Stakes last time.

If she can bounce back from that she may be a lively outsider.

Seventh Heaven


Winner of the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud and the Prix Foy last season and set off this term in good form.

Underperformed last time out but does have the back-class to bounce back.

Doha Dream

Won the Prix Chaudenay here last year and showed he has the stamina required to win this. He seems rather big at 50/1 for an Andre Fabre trained runner.


Dual Group 1 winner Iquitos is a second runner in the race for Germany and will hoping to emulate the last German winner, Danedream in 2011.

One Foot In Heaven

Alain de Royer-Dupre runs the five-year-old One Foot In Heaven in this race rather than waiting for the Prix du Conseil de Paris at Chantilly on October 15th which indicates that he must be feeling confident about this one.

Then again the owners may simply want an Arc runner this year?


Andre Fabre’s Plumatic just lost a photo in the Group 3 Prix du Prince d’Orange when last seen out and will have to take a massive step up to trouble any of the main protagonists.

Satono Noblesse

Quite simply the travelling companion and pacemaker for his stablemate Satono Diamond.


To put it bluntly, on all known form Enable is going to have to seriously underperform or fail to act on the track or the going to not win on Sunday.

However, many strong favourites have come a cropper in this race because it does come at the end of a long and arduous season for many and even the best can flounder whilst at the top.

The predicted rain may just make the wonder filly vulnerable and the each-way thieves will be out in force trying to find something that can at best beat her and at worst, place behind her.

Two such horses to take Enable on with are Order Of St George and Dschingis Secret. Both will enjoy any cut in the ground and their stamina will come into play at the business end of the race.

SELECTIONS: Dschingis Secret and Order Of St George each-way.

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