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Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe - 5th October, 2014

John Gosden's Taghrooda may have lost her unbeaten record when narrowly beaten by Tapestry in the Yorkshire Oaks, but the Investec Oaks heroine will be one of the prominent figures on Sunday for what looks a wide open renewal of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.

Having stormed to Oaks glory at Epsom, she then showed that she can get the better of beaten horses when landing the King George at Ascot, and now the three-year-old will look to utilise her sex and age allowance in Europe's premier Flat race, but a whole host of top quality.

Ectot has been in scintillating form this season and an impressive win in the Prix Niel last time out that he is another of the Classic generation to take seriously in the 1m 4f contest, whilst Just A Way will spearhead the older age group and the Japanese superstar was a Group 1 winner at Tokyo last time out and shaped as if he could be a major player.

Treve was a marvellous winner of this race 12 months ago as she propelled clear of the field in the closing stages to land the prize with aplomb, but things have not gone to plan this time around and Criquette Head-Maarek will hope she can recapture her starlet's form after she was fourth in the Prix Vermeille last time out.

Along with Ectot and Treve, Avenir Certain will be another French raider doing battle in Paris and still remains unbeaten after six starts and fine displays in the French 1000 Guineas and the Prix de la Nonette just emphasise the quality she possesses.

Harp Star is another that is making the long trip to Europe and has been in winning form of late and is another eye-catching runner in the field, whilst the likes of Ladbrokes St Leger winner Kingston Hill and Ivanhowe are just another couple of standout names in a mouth-watering entry list.

Latest Betting for 2014 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

9/2 Taghrooda

6/1 Ectot

6/1 Just A Way

7/1 Avenir Certain

7/1 Harp Star

10/1 Treve

12/1 Gold Ship

14/1 Ivanhowe

14/1 Ruler Of The World

16/1 Kingston Hill

25/1 Prince Gibraltar

33/1 Flintshire

33/1 Chiquita

33/1 Spiritjim

40/1 BAR

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Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe History

The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is the most prestigious horse race in Europe and the second richest horse race on turf behind only the famous Japan Cup, it attracts some of the best horses over 1 mile 4 furlongs from around the world and really does offer them the chance to write their names into the history books. The race is run at the world famous and beautiful Longchamp racecourse at the start of October each season and has grown into a fitting finale for the European flat season. It is always an intriguing race as it often pits the best three year-olds each season against some of their older counter-parts in a fascinating battle of the ages, and likewise that spills over into the betting ring with punters always eager to be involved.

The race is known as the Arc and it has thrown up some legendary winners since it was first run in 1920 when it was won by Comrade, and it has continued to grow in stature ever since. One trainer stands above the others in the history of the Arc and that is the brilliant Andre Fabre who has trained the winner of the race a magnificent seven times. Fabre is a trainer always worth following and his most recent winner in 2006 was the excellent Rail Link, which followed up another Fabre winner in 2005 with Hurricane Run scoring.

It is incredibly tough for any horse to win the race more than once with only six horses ever winning the Arc twice with that last one being Alleged in 1977 and 1978, this is partly due to the competitiveness of the race and partly because of the fact that many horses are retired after an Arc victory. That is true of two great winners in recent times with the brilliant filly Zarkava in 2008, and the incomparable Derby winner Sea The Stars who completed a perfect year in 2009 with a stunning Arc victory before being retired to stud.

Zarkava showed in 2008 that fillies and mares can be successful in the Arc De Triomphe, indeed they have won the race 17 times in its history and that means that punters should not rule out a top class filly when having a bet on the Arc. At the same time punters should be looking for the home horses when placing their bet with French trained horses winning the Arc 64 times in its history, their dominance is proven by the fact that the UK & Ireland are all the way back with just ten victories. In modern times however it is a race which is increasingly being targeted by all the major yards across Europe making it a much more cosmopolitan race than it was in its formative years.

Recent Winners of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

  • 2000 - Sinndar
  • 2001 - Sakhee
  • 2002 - Marienbard
  • 2003 - Dalakhani
  • 2004 - Bago
  • 2005 - Hurricane Run
  • 2006 - Rail Link
  • 2007 - Dylan Thomas
  • 2008 - Zarkava
  • 2009 - Sea The Stars
  • 2010 - Workforce
  • 2011 - Danedream
  • 2012 - Solemia
  • 2013 - Treve
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