Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Weekend | The Greatest is but to return

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Yearly, there’s a buzz across the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe that’s powerful to explain.

Boil the race down and it’s a 1m4f European Group 1, the identical sort of race we see on the massive racing festivals all through the Flat season.

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However the Arc is a lot greater than that; there’s historical past, almost £4.5 million in prize cash, and a world curiosity that pulls horses from the UK, Eire, Germany, France, and even Japan.

This 12 months’s race seems large open, and I’ll talk about my fancy in a bonus column tomorrow, however as for right now, there are three horses that I wish to be with on Saturday from each Newmarket and Longchamp.

With good floor anticipated at each tracks, let’s start.


2:25 Newmarket: Sacred Angel @ 9/2 Basic – 2pt Win

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My curiosity on this 12 months’s Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes took successful yesterday when the information got here out about Reduction Rally’s lack of involvement as a consequence of a grimy scope.

🚨 Cheveley Park Stakes favorite Reduction Rally is a non-runner as a consequence of a foul scope

— Racing Submit (@RacingPost) September 29, 2023

As a lot because the information was unhappy, my second take a look at the fillies-only six-furlong contest noticed me land on Sacred Angel for Charlie Johnston and James Doyle.

The Darkish Angel filly has raced 4 occasions for the Middleham-based yard, profitable two of them in commanding trend from a distinguished place.

The primary of those victories got here on the Newmarket July Course when a dominant winner of a six-furlong maiden on good to agency floor; she beat Ornellaia (third) that day, a horse who gained at Wonderful Goodwood, completed second in a Group 2 in Deauville, and third within the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes since.

Regardless of the way of her win, she rocked as much as the Group 3 Princess Margaret Stakes in July as a 16/1-shot and blew the sphere aside underneath Jason Hart.

Achieved that very properly! Sacred Angel lands the Group 3 Bateaux London Princess Margaret Stakes at @Ascot for @jasonhart13 and @Johnston_Racing…

— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) July 29, 2023

On collateral type, she put four-and-a-quarter lengths between herself and Symbology who went on to complete a length-and-a-quarter behind Reduction Rally within the Group 2 Lowther Stakes subsequent day out.

Following that victory, connections despatched her in opposition to the colts within the Group 1 Morny on her first begin in softer situations; regardless of the sluggish floor, she confirmed nice character to complete fourth behind Vandeek, Ramatuelle, and River Tiber, probably among the most fun juveniles within the division.

In the present day, she has a low draw to beat which may hinder her possibilities, however her capacity is obvious and 5/1 is a good value for Sacred Angel within the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes.


3:00 Newmarket: Vandeek @ 13/8 with William Hill – 3pt Win

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If I’m a fan of Sacred Angel within the continuing race then I can’t let Vandeek go off unmentioned within the Group 1 Center Park Stakes.

The Simon & Ed Crisford-trained two-year-old is three from three this 12 months, a run that features the Group 2 Richmond Stakes at Wonderful Goodwood and the Group 1 Prix Morny at Deauville final day out.

Of the 2, his efficiency within the Group 1 contest impressed me essentially the most as the bottom was formally described as very gentle, but Andrea Atzeni nonetheless rode a relaxed race from the rear of the pack and bided his time.

Vandeek wins the Prix Morny after an exciting end at @fgdeauville! @Atzenijockey | @gainsboroughHQ

— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) August 20, 2023

This paid off as the attractive mover cruised into the competition behind the well-backed Ramatuelle and simply did sufficient in time to stand up on the road.

That run accomplished a hat-trick of wins in softer situations, although a glance by means of his pedigree means that higher floor may see him enhance additional.

By Havana Gray, a sire who has seen nearly all of his offspring race efficiently on good or higher floor, his Mukhadram half-brother, Mine’s A Double, gained thrice in a row on good to agency floor, so that gives hope to the concept that he can deal with a faster floor.

In what’s a aggressive race that would see the likes of Activity Drive and Lake Forest outperform their odds, Vandeek is a worthy favorite and must be revered.


4:08 Longchamp: Embesto @ 6/1 with William Hill – 1pt EW

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It truly is a disgrace that Roaring Lion is not round to proceed what ought to have been an extended and fruitful stallion profession as a result of this 12 months has been a standout 12 months for his progeny.

Operating Lion, Saint George, and Valiant King have all carried out to nice capacity over the summer season with out touchdown a Group-level race, one thing that Embesto has achieved.

The Roger Varian-trained three-year-old dead-heated with Mighty Ulysses final day out within the Group 3 Sovereign Stakes when exhibiting loads of promise; Mighty Ulysses is a hardy colt for John & Thady Gosden who completed a detailed fifth within the Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes behind Coroebus in 2022 and even beat Alflaila, a horse who would go on to win 4 races in a row, by simply over a size within the Listed Pomfret Stakes.

👀 Lifeless warmth within the @Tattersalls1766 Sovereign Stakes!

An important tussle between Mighty Ulysses on the rail and Embesto, with a last lunge close to the road from the latter incomes a share of Group 3 spoils at @salisburyraces

— Racing TV (@RacingTV) August 17, 2023

Moreover, Regal Actuality crossed the road in third that day and has since completed a staying-on second to Mutasaabeq within the Group 2 Joel Stakes yesterday.

On that type, he requires respect and he is likely one of the few on this discipline that prefers higher floor not like among the market rules forward of him.

Admittedly, Isaac Shelby may present us all what he promised in defeat to the likes of Kinross and Paddington this season, however on the prospect that he doesn’t recognize the bottom, the each-way angle of Embesto intrigues me at 6/1.

Author: Patrick Thomas