We have a cracking weekend of Flat horse racing to look forward to. All the attention will be at Longchamp on Sunday afternoon as the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe will take place. Surely this will be an entertaining renewal once again. As expected, the top favourite is John Gosden-trained Enable. This horse is going for the third win in this classic race which will consolidate further his reputation as one of the best runners of the modern times.
In this article, our experts have reviewed the Arc and also have provided their tips on Saturday’s Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes which takes place at Newmarket.
Enable is coming to Paris with an extraordinary curriculum made of 13 wins from 14 career starts. The mission for the five-year-old Enable is to overcome the legendary Treve in securing three consecutive Arcs wins. You can back John Gosden’s starlet at 8/11 with 888Sport to land glory in Paris once again.
After winning spectacularly in 2017, she repeated himself in 2018 with Frankie Dettori. The Italian will attempt to lead her to a sensational third victory. Enable has already shown to be in great form this season having won in King George and Yorkshire Oaks. It is therefore not surprising to see that she is the one to beat this Sunday.
Enable will start from stall nine, and if everything goes into plans, she will make history. Since this is the highest class middle-distance race, some strong competitors will try to cause an upset. A strong team will represent Aidan O’Brien as he looks to secure the first win since 2016 when Found landed the Arc.
Japan is one of his horses. This three-year-old is the son of Galileo and is coming here on the back of a win at the Juddmonte International. This season he has also landed glory at Longchamp in the Grand Prix de Paris and can be backed at 6/1 with William Hill to stop Enable and win on Sunday.
Magical is at 12/1 with William Hill. She has some form to turn around as Enable well beat her in the Yorkshire Oaks. We don’t see her bringing too much of a threat to the top favourite.
Sottsass was seen last time winning the Group 2 Prix Niel at Longchamp. Surely a promising horse but looks short at 7/1 with Betway. She would need a massive career-best performance to defeat Enable. Horses like Waldgeist (18/1 with William Hill), Ghaiyyath (12/1 with BetVictor) and Fierement (40/1 with BetVictor) do add more depth to what should be a cracking renewal.
Karl Burke’s Laurens performed fantastically well last season in the Sun Chariot Stakes. The four-year-old will try to defend her Group 1 crown on Saturday in what should be a very competitive renewal at Newmarket.
Laurens is currently available at 4/1 with Betfred and it looks a bit short considering that she was well defeated by Iridessa last time out in the Matron Stakes. The pair will go head to head again on Saturday with Joseph O’Brien-trained Iridessa that can also be backed at 4/1 with bet365. We believe she has what it takes to edge the Sun Chariot Stakes.
Veracious has also been made the co-favourite and is available at 4/1 with bet365. She was last seen landing glory in the Falmouth Stakes and if she can repeat the same performance in this track, then surely will be the one to beat.
In what is an incredibly competitive race, Aidan O’Brien’s Hermosa is available at 4/1 with William Hill. In the Matron she was only second, so she does have some form to overturn against Iridessa and the price doesn’t look valuable at all. Lavender’s Blue is at 7/1 with bet365. She did fantastically well to land a Group 3 at Sandown Park last time out, but will need an extraordinary performance to keep up with the top favourites here.
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