- Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is set to go ahead at Longchamp in Paris.
- The Aiden O’Brien-trained Love has had a sensational 2020 thus far.
- In what will be her third outing at l’Arc, Magical is the third favorite.
Despite the current ongoing, and ever-changing, coronavirus pandemic, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is set to go ahead at Longchamp in Paris. Organizers were hoping that they could accommodate more than 5,000 people at the event, but due to the French capital being “an area with elevated levels of the Covid-19 virus,” this was denied by the Paris police.
The sport’s leading flat horses and jockeys will head to Longchamp for the festival, which takes place across October 3rd and 4th – with the world’s greatest horse race rounding off the meeting on the Sunday.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at who is being tipped in the betting exchange. Read on to find out more!
Love – 7/4
The Aiden O’Brien-trained Love has had a sensational 2020 thus far. The three-year-old has thrived with jockey Ryan Moore in the saddle, starting with a rather comfortable four and a quarter win over Cloak Of Spirits in the 1000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket back in June. Moore and Love were successful again in July at Epsom in the Investec Oaks. This time as the 11/10F, Love won by a whopping nine lengths. When it came to last month’s Yorkshire Oaks, Love was the outright favorite (4/9), and again, no other horse in the field could get close to her, as she won by five lengths.
“Love has now won the Guineas by four lengths, the Oaks by nine and the Yorkshire Oaks by five, she’s a three-year-old who gets all the allowances and overall you’d have to say she’s now entitled to her place at the top of the betting for the Arc,” Italian jockey Frankie Dettori said.
Enable – 5/2
2017 and ‘18 l’Arc de Triomphe winner Enable is next in line at 5/2. The John Gosden-trained mare won the race by a short neck ahead of Sea of Class two years ago and was narrowly denied of a record-breaking straight hattrick of victories by Waldgeist in 2019. Paired with Dettori, the six-year-old was second in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown in July but bounced back with comfortable victories in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes at Ascot, and the September Stakes at Kempton.
Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for Enable’s connections, said: “Come the Arc, what will be will be. It won’t be just those two (Love and Ghaiyyath) we’ll have to worry about.
“The Arc is so well revered for a reason – all the opposition merits respect. No Arc is ever easy.”
Magical – 8/1
In what will be her third outing at l’Arc, Magical is the third favourite. The Aidan-O’Brien mare was a disappointing 10th in 2018, before landing a top five finish last year. Magical and jockey Seamie Heffernan have gotten off to a winning start this season, with back-to-back Group 1 victories in the Alwasmiyah Pretty Polly Stakes and Irish Gold Cup at Curragh in Ireland. After finishing second to Ghaiyyath, who is the fourth favorite to win l’Arc at 10/1 with Moore in the saddle, in the Juddmonte International Stakes at York last month, Heffernan steered the five-year-old back to winning form with a narrow victory in the Irish Champion Stakes – this time getting the better of Ghaiyyath by three-quarters of a length.
There you have it folks, Love is tipped to prevail, but who will your money be on?