Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

Hundred-Year History Of ‘The Arc’

Nothing sacred just appears out of the wilderness; it is always the outcome of an evolutionary process with many layers of development. In racing, France and arguably Europe's self-proclaimed 'monument', the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, emerged from a lengthy spell of planning and forethought into how the country could showcase its own talent in direct competition with its neighbours. With the hippodrome at Longchamp superseding the worn-out Champ de Mars circuit in 1857, the Societe d'Encouragement pour l'Amelioration des Races de Chevaux en France looked to provide some prizes...

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Breeders’ Cup New Aim For Love

After removing Love (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) from the G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe during Thursday's final forfeit stage due to the deteriorating ground, trainer Aidan O'Brien confirmed Europe's leading 3-year-old filly will target the Breeders' Cup at Keeneland on Nov. 7 and is expected to stay in training at four. "We had to make the decision today because there was no other stage after this," O'Brien explained of the Arc call. "If Ryan [Moore] was declared to ride her he then couldn't ride anything else [if Love was later...

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Dettori: “Pressure Is Less Than Last Year”

Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) will on Sunday attempt to accomplish what has never been done before in winning a third G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. The man who has been in her saddle the past three years and steered her to all 11 of her Group 1 victories, however, said he is feeling less pressure than he did at her first attempt at the historic feat 12 months ago, when she was second to Waldgeist (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). "We have already achieved something historic by winning the King George...

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Serpentine Supplemented To Arc

This year's G1 Investec Derby winner Serpentine (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) was supplemented to Sunday's G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Wednesday at a cost of €72,000. He was the lone supplementary entry to the €3-million race. In his first start since running away with the blue riband at 25-1, Serpentine finished fourth in the G1 Grand Prix de Paris over the Arc course and distance at ParisLongchamp on Sept. 13 behind stablemate and fellow Arc contender Mogul (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). They are part of a five-horse challenge for the...

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Arc Attendance To Be Reduced

Attendance at ParisLongchamp on Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe weekend on Oct. 3 and 4 will be cut from its original projection of 5,000 after Paris and its suburbs were once again placed in the Reinforced Alert Zone of areas with high incidences of coronavirus. The French government announced on Wednesday that maximum attendance at public events in such zones would be 1,000, but France Galop is seeking clarity on whether that number includes staff. France Galop has suspended ticket sales for the weekend and, pending the publication of the...

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Au-Dela Des Pistes To Benefit On Arc Weekend

Au-dela des Pistes, France's re-training and re-homing organization, will benefit from a pair of initiatives on Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe weekend Oct. 3 and 4. Modeled after the Breeders' Cup Pledge, owners, trainers, breeders and jockeys associated with runners on Arc weekend can opt to donate a percentage of their earnings over the two days to the charity. Additionally, all ticket sales for the Sunday program will be donated to Au-dela des Pistes. The crowd is limited to 5,000 racing professionals and their guests.

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Arc Tickets On Sale For Professionals

Approved members of France Galop can now purchase tickets for the G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, with French racing's showpiece on Oct. 4, and the prior day's card, to be limited to a crowd of 5,000. France Galop has revealed that the spectator experience has been redesigned to comply with social distancing protocols. In addition to more upscale hospitality packages, simple entry tickets for members will be free on the Saturday and on the Sunday will range from €15 to €30. Proceeds from the sale of single tickets will...

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Arc Crowd Limited To 5,000

A maximum of 5,000 people will be permitted on course at ParisLongchamp for the Oct. 4 G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, France Galop announced on Friday. Paris is once again considered a red zone for coronavirus and an exemption for a larger crowd could not be made. The same restrictions will apply to ParisLongchamp's Oct. 3 card. Access to the racecourse will be restricted to horsepeople (including some owners and breeders) and those required to put on the event. A statement from France Galop read in part, "France Galop...

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Hukum Confirmed For St Leger

Sheikh Hamdan's G3 Geoffrey Freer S. winner Hukum (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) will line up next in the G1 St Leger on Sept. 12. The Owen Burrows-trained colt is looking to extend his perfect record this season, having also taken Royal Ascot's King George V S. on seasonal debut in June. "He's fine, and we're hoping to go to the Leger," said Racing Manager Angus Gold. "He's progressing very well, I was impressed with him at Newbury the other day. It's an extra furlong, but I don't see that...

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Mishriff To Target Champion S.

G1 Prix du Jockey Club and recent G2 Prix Guillaume d'Ornano winner Mishriff (Ire) (Make Believe {GB}) will bypass the Oct. 4 G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in favour of the G1 Champion S. at Ascot two weeks later, Racing Post reports. "After discussions with owner Prince Faisal and his team, Mishriff is to have his next outing in the G1 Qipco Champion S. at Ascot in October," trainer John Gosden told Racing Post. "We discussed the possibility of running him in the Arc, for which he would have...

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Sottsass Pleases In Gallop; Gontaut-Biron Next

Last-out G1 Prix Ganay winner Sottsass (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) is on course for the G3 Prix Gontaut-Biron at Deauville on Aug. 15 after pleasing connections in a route piece of work on Thursday. "He did a simple work, as we are accustomed to do," said trainer Jean-Claude Rouget of Peter Brant's 4-year-old. "The goal is not to have a hard work; once they have made their seasonal bow, we do maintenance work. They worked over 1,800 metres-all went well. The horse has a good action and he behaves as he...

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Crystal Ocean, Enable, Waldgeist Joint World’s Best

LONDON, UK--Every racing fan has their own idea of which horse is the best, but when it came to settling the top horse of 2019 on official figures, there was not one but three. The Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings, announced in London's Landmark Hotel on Wednesday afternoon, delivered the unique situation of a three-way tie for top honours between Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}), Crystal Ocean (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) and Waldgeist (GB) (Galileo {Ire}). Look back to the replay of the G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth...

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