Horse Racing: Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe Preview and Early Odds
Published on September 18, 2017
Europe’s premier horse race is just three weeks away with the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe returning to Paris on October 1st. The race will be held at beautiful Chantilly Racecourse for the second straight year while its normal home, historic Longchamp, completes its €145 million renovation.
This year’s talented field will take aim at last year’s record-quick winning time of 2:23.61, posted by winner Found and jockey Ryan Moore who won the race for the second time (2010 he rode Workforce to victory as well). Is the new course partially responsible for the shaving of several seconds of any time since 2011, or was the 2016 field, most notably Found, just that strong?
Last year’s race was won by 1 ¾ lengths, but the race was most notable for trainer Aidan O’Brien placing all three of his horses in the money. Found was followed by Highland Reel and Order of St. George – both of whom are contenders to finish in the money again in 2017. The 16 runners in this year’s field vying for the $5 million Euro purse are still yet to be finalized, but there is a strong chance there will be some familiar names in the blocks taking aim at the overwhelming filly favorite, Enable.
However, last year was a keen reminder that nothing is guaranteed in horse racing. The overwhelming favorite entering the race was Postponed, after posting six consecutive wins including the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Dubai Sheema Classic, Coronation Cup and International Stakes. He finished a distant fifth, more than three lengths out of the money. Found was the fifth favorite by betting odds, Order of St. George seventh, and Highland Reel nowhere to be found.
Suffice it to say it was a fine afternoon, and a profitable one, for Aidan O’Brien. Can he repeat the magic in 2017??
Here’s a look at some early odds for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, or simply, “the Arc”
There are odds listed on another 15 or so horses, but for now, let’s keep our discussion slightly more narrow. Because despite all the many horses with odds, the clear and dominant favorite is Enable. The three-year old English bred filly has been dominant in races leading up to The Arc, most notably winning with almost boredom in her last race at Yorkshire Oaks on August 24th, leading trainer Josh Goodson to remark after the easy five-length victory, “She got lonely in the last part, she was looking around and idling. It’s not her favourite (sic) way of racing but she can do it that way.” That’s drop the mic awesomeness right there, and the reason she is a commanding favorite to win again in a few weeks in Paris.
The race is a long track compared to American Triple Crown Races, clocking in at 2400 meters, or a little over a mile and a half, so if the times seem slow at a glance – they aren’t.
Enable is obviously the favorite, but despite the overwhelming odds, there are a host of other horses who could push the filly in the biggest race of the year. Here’s a breakdown of some of the top contenders
Ulysses is far from the favorite, but a strong contender to finish in the money, and perhaps even push the seemingly indomitable filly, Enable.
There are a few challengers but the fine filly, Enable, is the overwhelming favorite for a reason. Her performance at the King George was just another in a long line of evidence that this is clearly the top horse in Europe and a force to be reckoned with. There is every chance she can follow in the footsteps of Mill Reef and Dancing Brave by winning the King George and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in the same season.
Stay tuned over the next couple weeks as the official field begins to round into form and odds shift. But if you want some early value, it’s hard to see the odds getting much more generous on Enable than the current even money +100.