G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

No Stopping Cracksman's Ace Impact In The Arc

   Bringing the house down at ParisLongchamp in the panama hat G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Sunday, Gousserie Racing and Ecuries Serge Stempniak's brilliant Ace Impact (Ire) (Cracksman {GB}--Absolutly Me {Fr}, by Anabaa Blue {GB}) ripped up the rule book in scintillating style to become the first colt to win the revised 10 1/2-furlong G1 Prix du Jockey Club and this prize in the same season. "C'est enorme," uttered an emotional Jean-Claude Rouget after watching his unbeaten star rattle home past most of his rivals under a...

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Hukum Handed Wide Draw For Arc, No Woes For Ace Impact

Shadwell's Hukum (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) was on Thursday handed stall 14 for Sunday's G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at ParisLongchamp, with the long-time favourite and G1 Prix du Jockey Club hero Ace Impact (Ire) (Cracksman {GB}) in the middle in stall eight. Wide draws are notoriously difficult to overcome in the autumn showcase and the Owen Burrows-trained G1 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth S. hero will have to emulate the feats of Golden Horn (GB) in 2015 and Dalakhani (Ire) in 2003 if he is to...

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Rouget Pleased With Ace Impact Ahead Of The Arc, As Field Takes Shape

The undefeated G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe favourite Ace Impact (Ire) (Cracksman {GB}) is pleasing trainer Jean-Claude Rouget ahead of the big day on Sunday. He is one of 16 on the radar for the ParisLongchamp showpiece after Sprewell (Ire) (Churchill {Ire})'s defection at the latest forfeit stage on Tuesday. A colourbearer for Gousserie Racing and Ecuries Serge Stempniak, the five-for-five G1 Prix du Jockey Club hero ran out a three-quarter length winner of the G2 Prix Guillaume d'Ornano when last seen in August. "Why shouldn't I be...

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Qatar Arc Weekend Tickets On Sale

Tickets have gone on sale for the 2023 G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at ParisLongchamp on Oct. 1. The 2023 Arc weekend on Sept. 30-Oct. 1 marks part of the farewell tour of Italian legend Frankie Dettori, who has won the Parisian showpiece a record six times. Fans will be able to pick up a two-day pass for €60 instead of €80, as well as passes to the Winning Post enclosure for €20 instead of €30 on the Saturday and €40 instead of €65 on the Sunday, using...

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New Logo For Qatar Prix De L'Arc De Triomphe Unveiled

A new logo for the G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at ParisLongchamp on Oct. 1 was unveiled by France Galop on Thursday. The logo will be used from this year and going forward. More contemporary than its predecessor, the logo depicts the Arc de Triomphe monument in a nod to the heritage and historical influence of this race. It was designed by independent global design agency Seenk. The previous logo was used beginning in 2008 in celebration of the new partnership between the Arc and the Qatar Racing...

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Arc Glory For Frankel's Alpinista

Carried out in driving rain and accompanying gloom, Sunday's G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe went to Kirsten Rausing's Alpinista (GB) (Frankel {GB}) who with her ever-whitening coat and mud-dappled white silks navigated what resembled a ploughed field like a trail of luminescence at ParisLongchamp. Taking the eye throughout as she made easy work of the swiftly-deteriorating conditions under Luke Morris, who had been in action on the all-weather at Wolverhampton the night before, the 10-3 favourite waited with all the learned patience of such a beautifully-nurtured 5-year-old for...

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Torquator Tasso Drawn High In Arc Defence Setback

The all-important draw was made for Sunday's G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Thursday morning and it was the connections of the defending champion Torquator Tasso (Ger) (Adlerflug {Ger}) who suffered the annual hammer blow by being handed stall 18 in the mile-and-a-half monument. In a further twist of the knife for Gestut Auenquelle's 2021 hero, fortune favoured virtually all of the other key contenders as the draw made almost a race of two halves. Kirsten Rausing's indomitable Alpinista (GB) (Frankel {GB}) had her task made one notch...

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Oversubscribed Arc To Be Limited To 20 Runners

The maximum number of runners in the 2022 G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Sunday, Oct. 2 will be 20, France Galop announced on Tuesday. The 2022 racing code and the specific race conditions limit the number of runners to 20 and this is the number that will be retained. If needed, elimination or ballotting procedures are as follows: Runners with the lowest rating will be eliminated sequentially. The rating is decided by the France Galop Handicapper Service. In the case of horses with the same rating, eliminations...

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Buick And Mishriff Likely To Team Up For The Arc

William Buick is likely to ride John and Thady Gosden's Mishriff (Ire) (Make Believe {GB}) in the Paris Longchamp in the G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe after Adayar (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) was ruled out of the race in favour of the G1 Champion S. at Ascot. Prince Faisal's 5-year-old is a Group 1 winner in France, Dubai, and the UK, and, although he has yet to win in 2022, he has been in the top three in three of his four starts. Runner-up to Arc rival Vadeni (Fr)...

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Derby Winner Adayar's Arc Bid Depends On Ground

Godolphin's Adayar (Ire) (Frankel {GB}), winner of the G1 Cazoo Derby and the G1 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth S. in 2021, is likely to run in the G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Oct. 2, as long as he gets his desired ground, trainer Charlie Appleby confirmed on Thursday. If the going is too deep, he will instead be pointed for the Oct. 15 G1 Champion S. at Ascot. Fourth in the ParisLongchamp test last year over the heavy going, the bay was then fifth in...

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Grosser Preis von Baden Next For 'Tasso' Before An Arc Defence

Last year's G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe victor Torquator Tasso (Ger) (Adlerflug {Ger}), who ran a brave second in the G1 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth QIPCO S., returned to trainer Marcel Weiss's Mulheim base on Sunday afternoon. His trainer is targeting the G1 Grosser Preis von Baden on Sept. 4 for the chestnut, who will then return to ParisLongchamp to try for consecutive Arc victories on Oct. 2. "He was very well and had no problems with the journey," said part-owner Peter-Michael Endres. "It was no...

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Pyledriver Heads To The Arc Prior To Targets Farther Afield

Dual Group 1 winner Pyledriver (GB) (Harbour Watch {Ire}) has emerged from his G1 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth QIPCO S. victory in good order and will point towards the G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Oct. 2, according to co-trainer William Muir. After running second in the G1 Longines Hong Kong Cup in December, the bay did not make an impact in Riyadh, and was an unlucky fourth in the G1 Dubai Sheema Classic in March. Wheeled back attempting a title defence of his G1 Coronation...

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