On Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October 2020, the racing world’s most talented thoroughbreds, coupled with top international jockeys, will do battle on Paris Longchamp racecourse in the 99th edition of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Here, The Wine Tipster guides you through how to celebrate Arc At Home this year, discusses the Queen of the Turf, Enable and other top horses to look out for.
Ever since it was created in 1920, the “Arc” has been recognised as the Holy Grail for flat racing professionals, boasting a purse of €5 Million and the winner being crowned the year’s best racehorse. It is generally considered to be Europe’s second most prestigious horse race, after Epsom Derby, and is currently the world’s second richest turf behind The Everest.
The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe was first run on Sunday 3 October 1920. Coming in the wake of World War I, it was decided that the race would be named after the Arc de Triomphe, a famous monument which had been the scene of a victory parade by the Allies in 1919. The inaugural running was won by Comrade, a three-year-old colt owned by Evremond de Saint-Alary. The winner’s prize was 150,000 francs.
Since then, this legendary race is broadcast in 50 countries and brings together normally 45,000 spectators inside the racecourse. Due to the restrictions connected with the Covid-19 crisis, Paris Longchamp racecourse is unable to welcome spectators for the 2020 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Instead, fans can celebrate Arc At Home via Social Media and racing broadcasters.
Remember, this is a fantastic two-day meeting at Longchamp, with 17 races over the weekend, including eight that have Group 1 status. The Saturday card has Group 1 and Group 2 races, which is top class racing, featuring many UK horses with who can strike here. Sunday sees the centre piece with the Arc on an eight race card that has six Group 1 races and there many chances for foreign raiders as well as Enable, with Glass Slippers in the Prix de l’Abbaye and Safe Voyage in the Prix de la Foret.
In 2019, Enable went for an historic third win of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe yet faced a tough run and was pipped to the post by Waldgeist, who relished the very soft conditions. While it made for a thrilling show of elite racing stars, Enable returns to Longchamp this weekend to have another chance at claiming her crown with Frankie Dettori, and will hopefully break the Arc record. “Ground conditions are heavy and this is going to be really testing for all the runners and it is hard to see a Waldgeist coming with a late charge to deny her victory this year, as the 2019 Arc was run in very soft conditions and nowhere near as testing as this year’s renewal. From a form perspective, with Love’s defection because of the ground, Enable is rightly a strong favourite and a draw in stall 5 was well received by connections”.
The Wine Tipster watched her run her ‘last’ race in the UK at the 2019 York Ebor Festival in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks (before her triumphant return in 2020) and recalls just how special she is: “This success summed up what Enable meant to everyone as the stands, paddock and rails were packed with racegoers, who had come to celebrate her career and charisma. Her jockey Frankie Dettori was understandably very emotional on what he thought was her last UK appearance. It was a beautiful and memorable day at a wonderful racecourse.”
The Arc is a showcase of the best racing talent, and it’s great to see so many good horses from France and abroad that have featured in The Wine Tipster’s previous 2020 tips making the race. He’s excited to see the English Derby winner Serpentine, who is drawn in stall 15 and In Swoop, who won the German Derby. These two finished behind another runner Mogul at Longchamp last month and yet I see these two runners as the main each way dangers.
Follow this exceptional weekend of racing action, watch the world’s greatest horse race and access a whole host of exclusive and immersive content on the @FranceGalop Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages with the hashtag #QPAT and #EnableChallenge.
Equidia.fr is also offering its viewers a special “Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe” package that includes all the videos and information relevant to this year’s potential runners.
The Wine Tipster will be watching Sunday’s three feature races including the Arc on ITV Racing, with all races available on Sky Sport Racing.
The Wine Tipster’s selections for unmissable Longchamp’s two-day meeting are in his Unibet blog.
He’ll also be celebrating this world-class meeting with a bottle or two of Les Dauphins Côtes Du Rhône Blanc 2019, which is especially great with a light lunch and the races. The weather is very autumnal so red wine fans should try a super, complex vin rouge from the Languedoc Hegarty Chamans Le Matelas No.2 2014. For those looking for some bubbles, the La Gioiosa 63 Kcal Prosecco DOC is a must try and adds to this important occasion. Coincidentally, La Gioiosa the racehorse, runs at Longchamp on Sunday in the 1.50 Prix Marcel Boussac with Frankie Dettori in the plate!
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1ST – Named Longines World’s Best Horse Race in 2019, the fourth time in five years.
99TH EDITION Of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 2020, a legendary sporting event created in 1920.
1 ½ miles – The distance run in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, which pits the world’s very best thoroughbreds against each other in a race that demands both speed and stamina.
2’24’’49 – The record time for the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on the ParisLongchamp course (held by German mare Danedream since 2011), which equates to an average speed of 60 km/h with a peak speed of 65 km/h at the finish!
9.7 MILLION EUROS – The total purse for the 16 races run over the weekend, nine of which have Group 1 status, the highest category of horse race.
5 MILLION EUROS – The prize money for the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe alone, making it the most richly-rewarded horse race in France.
62 MILLION EUROS – Of bets on the Arc alone, of which 45 million euros are wagered abroad.
TRICAST – Irish trainer Aidan Patrick O’Brien had a fantastic race in 2016, when his three runners took the first three places!
FIRST ARC – Waldgeist deprives Enable of a third win in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe as André Fabre hits the « Arc » target for the eighth time.
TRIUMPHANT TRAINERS – Christiane Head-Maarek is the only female trainer to have won the race, and she did it on three occasions (two of which were with Trêve)! But André Fabre, a Chantilly-based trainer, takes the top spot with eight Arc victories!
ILLUSTRIOUS JOCKEYS – The Arc is an opportunity for the world’s best jockeys to measure up to one another. Lanfranco Dettori is the only jockey, to date, to have won this exceptional race six times.
45,000 SPECTATORS – Usually present in the stands at ParisLongchamp racecourse for the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe weekend.
500 JOURNALISTS – From all over the globe cover the event.
The Wine Tipster hopes that you have a safe Qatar Arc Weekend, and enjoy The Arc At Home. To keep up to date with The Wine Tipster’s blog, subscribe here, and don’t forget to follow him on Social Media for updates and coverage.
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