Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe is one of the best mixed age races in the world. Originally open only to French thoroughbreds but now a great international event getting the best runners from Europe and often worldwide.
16 runners go to post today for the 2016 running of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and it looks like a very interesting race we have today.
The five-year-old Bay colt Postponed from the Roger Varian stable looks really good solid prospect for the race. Comes here unbeaten this year, and in fact unbeaten in last six races. This horse is a four times group one winner and seems to come to this race in the form of his life. He has form over this distance and seems to act on any ground. His latest race was at York in the Juddmonte International stakes on good to firm ground and he ran out a really good winner that day. A worthy favourite and expected to run well.
Dermot Weld's Harzand was disappointing on his last run but that was basically because he was struck into during the race. Before that, he was taking everything in his stride. He was an impressive winner of the English Investec Derby before going to Ireland and winning the Irish version at odds on. A worthy runner who gets the three-year-old allowance. Should go quite close if he gets a good run.
The Japanese have had this race in mind for quite some time and always send over a good horse to take part in the race. This year trainer Yasuo Tomomichi has sent over the Japanese Derby winner Makahiki to take his chance. A winner of five of his six races and only beaten when second in the Japanese 2000 Guineas. Since being in France he tried the group 2 Qatar Prix Niel over this distance at this racecourse and he won better than the neck distance would suggest. A real live chance this year.
Aidan O'Brien has three in the race today with his best chance perhaps being the four-year-old bay filly Found. This filly is being ridden by the number one stable jockey Ryan Moore. The horse has been taking on the best all season but perhaps frustratingly always seems to find one too good in the race as could be seen with her finishing second in her last five races. Despite this, she rarely runs a bad race and it would not be a surprise to see in the shakeup here today.
Highland Reel is the second Aidan O'Brien horse who is something of a globetrotter. He is a past winner of the Hong Kong vase and also of the Secretariat stakes in the USA. This colt has a lovely action and looks better on good or slightly firmer ground. He was a little disappointing on his last run in the Irish Champion stakes but seems to be the sort of horse that can put in a bad run when the ground is a little bit softer and this is not a problem he will face today.
Frankie Dettori has been called up to ride the third string from the stable, Order of St George. A four-year-old Bay colt who has been improving this year. Last season he won the Irish St Leger so the trip today should be no problem. He has not been out of the first two in his last nine starts with six wins amongst them. He would be a star in anybody's yard and his jockey has won this race four times before. Only a fool would completely rule him out.
French trainer Andre Fabre saddles New Bay. A really nice horse who was third in this race last year only two lengths behind Golden Horn. He ran on well that day but looked as if this distance would be his absolute limit. Despite winning once over this distance on soft ground most of his running has been run at 2 furlongs shorter than this. He has a Top-class trainer and good jockey and looks a little overpriced.
The same trainer sends Talismanic for Godolphin and is another with some reasonable form. A three-year-old colt with some good form but he may just not be up to group one form.
Another French horse is the four-year-old Bay gelding Silverwave. He was a disappointing 10th in this race last year, he never threatened in the end but stayed on and could well improve this year. His last two runs have been over this distance and the most recent at this course, however, he seems to like a little cut in the ground and that might be his disadvantage this year.
Left Hand is another French horse who is a course and distance winner. This chestnut filly won the Qatar Prix Vermeille at this course on 11th September. She is improving and now group one winner who likes this course and should appreciate the ground and not only is getting the three-year-old weight allowance but also the fillies weight allowance which puts her on a superb racing weight against the others in the race. One of the better runners outside the hot favourites. She would not be a total surprise winner by any stretch of the imagination.
The German raider Savoir Vivre was second in the German Derby but was only beaten by a short head. Has since won the group 2 here in France and although he will have to show a lot of improvement to win here has some hope of making the frame.
The Grey Gatsby is being sent year by trainer Kevin Ryan. A nice consistent type has 10 1/2 lengths to make up on today's favourite from his last run at York admittedly over a shorter distance. He is another who doesn't mind traveling and rarely runs a bad race but it would have to be a career best to win this.
We are now possibly moving into the hopeful categories starting with Siljan's Saga a French-trained six-year-old mare. She has run twice in this race finishing 12th in 2014 and 8th last year. Might improve on that but unlikely to make the frame.
Migwar is a Bay colt who's previous form does not look to be good enough to win this. Only a four-year-old and could well be improving and is from the exceptionally good Head yard in France and has the top class French jockey Olivier Peslier on board today. Doesn't look good enough to win over his rivals today, however.
Another horse that falls into this category is the four-year-old Bay colt One Foot in Heaven. A good horse and multiple group winner but does not look up to the class of this race.
Vedevani looks to be making up the numbers or possibly a pacemaker for the other Aga Khan horse Harzand.
||1||8||13-614||New Bay||4||9-5||A Fabre||Vincent Cheminaud||—|
|2||7||1-1111||Postponed||5||9-5||Roger Varian||Andrea Atzeni||—|
|3||13||32-521||Migwar||4||9-5||F Head||Olivier Peslier||—|
|4||11||482127||Highland Reel||4||9-5||A P O´Brien||Seamie Heffernan||—|
|5||9||311164||One Foot In Heaven||4||9-5||A De Royer-Dupre||Cristian Demuro||—|
|6||2||36-426||The Grey Gatsby||5||9-5||Kevin Ryan||James Doyle||—|
|7||4||-72311||Silverwave||4||9-5||P Bary||Christophe Soumillon||—|
|8||16||1-1112||Order Of St George||4||9-5||A P O´Brien||Frankie Dettori||—|
|9||3||-48232||Siljan´s Saga||6||9-2||J-P Gauvin||Pierre-Charles Boudot||—|
|10||12||122222||Found||4||9-2||A P O´Brien||Ryan Moore||—|
|11||6||-11118||Harzand||3||8-11||D K Weld||Pat Smullen||—|
|12||1||-44463||Vedevani||3||8-11||A De Royer-Dupre||Alexis Badel||—|
|13||5||-21451||Talismanic||3||8-11||A Fabre||Mickael Barzalona||—|
|14||14||-11211||Makahiki||3||8-11||Yasuo Tomomichi||Christophe-Patrice Lemaire||—|
|15||10||14521||Savoir Vivre||3||8-11||Jean-Pierre Carvalho||Frederik Tylicki||—|
|16||15||-64211||Left Hand||3||8-8||C Laffon-Parias||Maxime Guyon||—|
|1||10||12||122222||Found||4||9-2||A P O´Brien|
|2||4||11||482127||Highland Reel||4||9-5||A P O´Brien|
|3||8||16||1-1112||Order Of St George||4||9-5||A P O´Brien|
|4||9||3||-48232||Siljan´s Saga||6||9-2||J-P Gauvin|
|6||5||9||311164||One Foot In Heaven||4||9-5||A De Royer-Dupre|
|7||1||8||13-614||New Bay||4||9-5||A Fabre|
|8||15||10||14521||Savoir Vivre||3||8-11||Jean-Pierre Carvalho|
|9||11||6||-11118||Harzand||3||8-11||D K Weld|
|10||12||1||-44463||Vedevani||3||8-11||A De Royer-Dupre|
|12||16||15||-64211||Left Hand||3||8-8||C Laffon-Parias|
|16||6||2||36-426||The Grey Gatsby||5||9-5||Kevin Ryan|
The winner today, Found was always in the perfect position and always going really well. She took up the lead two furlongs out and the result never looked in doubt. A very classy run from this top class filly.
Highland reel was switched off and tracked the leaders and came through to be second in the last half a furlong. He was closing on the winner but never got there.
Order of St.George broke well and was given a patient ride. He was running wide of the pack at the first bend. Ran well throughout the race and looked a little squeezed for room 2 furlongs out but kept on to take 3rd.
Sijan’s Saga was at the back of the field early on but made steady progress and stayed on well for 4th.
Postponed broke well and settled. Ran a good race but looked a little short of pace when the race got serious. Finished a good 5th
On Foot in Heaven was very slowly away from the gate but stayed on at the tail end of the race to finish 6th.
New Bay behind in the early stages and made ground but never looked like making the frame despite staying on. 7th
Savoir Vivre was slowly away but kept on at the end. Never looked like making the frame. Finished 8th
Harzand was in midfield during the race and stayed on but could not quicken at the business end of the trace. Finished 9th
Vedevani broke well and took the lead early on. Set the pace then faded two out. Finished 10th.
Talismanic Broke slowly always behind finished 11th.
Left Hand Ridden in midfield unable to quicken 2 out and lost place. Finished 12th.
Silverware broke well and in midfield unable to quicken 2 out and soon after weakened. Finished 13th
Makahini was midfield in the race but was soon beaten when the pace quickened. Finished 14th
Migwar In rear and hampered 3f from home. Struggled and finished 15th
The Grey Gatsby broke well and chased leaders. Soon well beaten when pace hotted up.