My Thoughts on the Prix de L’Arc de TriompheBy The UK Horse Racing Tipster
One of the great group 1 flat races in Europe is almost upon us, yes the race that they call the winners of "The Champion of Europe", the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe.
The Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe is a Group 1 flat horse race run at Longchamp, France, early October. This year it is being run on my birthday, October 6th, and if my choice Novellist wins it will be a brilliant birthday present!
The "Arc" as it's commonly known is one of the worlds most prestigious, and richest, flat races, and every year world-class thoroughbred horses come from all over the world to compete for this great group 1. You can view a list of previous Arc winners here.
The race is open to thoroughbreds over 3 year olds apart from Geldings and the winner gets to take home just under £2 million putting it in the top 4 richest races along with the Dubai World Cup, The Japan Cup and The Melbourne Cup.
Here is a video of some of the best Arc winners from 1989 to 2010.
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For me however it was WorkForce's win in 2010 that got me back into racing after a long period off watching football on a Saturday and getting kicked in the shins at TaeKwonDo for fun.
Workforce was the horse who won the 2010 Derby in record time, coming from the back to pass all the runners, take a massive lead and win the race in wonderful style.
You can see that race on my favourite races page. However he then went on to use similar tactics in the Arc later that year. He won the race and became Champion of Europe. You can watch that race here.
Next year it was the chance of the German horse Danedream to win the Arc.
It was a race packed full of famous wold class runners.
Horses with names such as St Nicholas Abbey, Snow Fairy, Workforce, Shareta, So You Think, Treasure Beach, Galikova and Sarafina.
However Danedream beat them all by a good distance and broke the course's record time, winning it in 2m 24.49s, beating the previous record of 2m 24.60s held by Peintre Celebre since 1997.
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Danedream was also the 2nd German horse to ever win the race after Star Appeal's win in 1975. I am hoping Novellist can make it 3 for Germany this year.
2012 was the final race of the season for the Triple Crown failure Camelot.
He had a chance to redeem himself by winning the Arc and make up for losing the St. Leger. However his poor 7th position in the race just proved how poor the 2012 crop of 3 year olds really were and this seems to have been franked again this year by his two defeats at the hands of Al Kazeem.
From this point of view he did not deserve to win the Triple Crown as it would have been a weak historical win. If put alongside horses like Frankel or permanent runner up Excelebration he would come nowhere in my humble opinion.
You can watch the 2012 Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe here which was won by the Irish horse Solemia at a starting price of 33/1.
He stole the race on the line from the Japanese star Orfevre who is again racing this year and is currently heading the market at 3/1.
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The 2013 Prix de L'Arc de TriompheThis year we again have a great crowd of runners racing in the Arc including the previous runner-up Orfevre. If it was a few months back I would have been rooting for Al Kazeem to win but he seems to have lost his edge lately being beaten in his last 2 races.
My money is already down on Novellist who has twice beaten the ex French Champion Cirrus Des Aigles.
This was the horse who famously lost against Frankel in his last ever race and was ranked 2nd in the world at the time.
Whilst Cirrus Des Aigles seems to have lost his spark this season, Novellist has beaten other good horses as well such as the Irish Derby Winner Trading Leather, Ektihaam and Hillstar in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
You can watch Novellists win in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes here.
Doesn't Novellist look good! If he races like he did here I can see him winning at a nice price.
I was so glad I managed to get a 3G signal on the way back from London to put a bet on this race on my phone. I was literally trying for 30+ minutes just to connect to Betfair due to a poor signal driving through the sticks, but luckily I got my bet on with 10 minutes to spare, and thank God I did!
Currently the prices in the Antepost market is looking like this:
|Ruler Of The World||10/1|
Is it crazy that Trading Leather who has been placed in every race but one this season is last at 33/1 or is it just a sign that he's facing such quality runners. I would say the latter.
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Also you can view the past winners of the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe here, and if you are looking for a way to narrow down your pick for the 2013 Arc then check out the free Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe System.
You can view the original article Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe - 2013 - Potential Winners at ukhorseracingtipster.com