Prix de l' ARC de TRIOMPHE

Sunday's Prix de l' Arc de Triomphe is the centerpiece of a two-day festival of racing at Longschamp in France. The premiere event has been described as a "clash of champions" as Arc day has been compared to day two of the Breeders' Cup in term of sheer horse racing quantity and quality.  

The action from Longschamp will be available Saturday and Sunday on TwinSpires and starting at 7:23am ET. 

Race # Race Post Time
 1G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere 8:15am Local
 2G1 Total Prix Marcel Boussac    
 3G1 Qatar Arabian World Cup 
 4G1 Qatar Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe 
 5G1 Qatar Prix de L'Opera 
 6G1 Prix de L'Abbaye de Longchamp Longines
7G1 Qatar Prix de La Foret
 8G1 Qatar Grand Handicap Des Flyers
9Qatar Prix de la Place de L'etoile Presente Par RMC Handicap

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Longchamp Race Summaries for Arc Day

Race 1 - QATAR PRIX CHAUDENAY - 3000m OPEN. Purse EUR €200,000.

Irish raider DUKE DE SESSA (1) stuck to her task nicely to win the G3 Paddy Power Stakes narrowly over 2400m at Leopardstown (Ireland) last outing. Top chance under Soumillon with untapped potential over this trip. LA MEHANA (7) had Sober 2.5L back in second when winning the the Listed Prix Michel Houyvet tackling 2800m at Deauville in August. Notable claims with this distance likely to be right up her street. AL QAREEM (2) would hold a chance if replicating his good second in the G3 Bahrain Trophy Stakes at Newmarket (July) (UK) two starts ago. FASOL (3) is next best.


This looks to revolve around the G3 Prix Nevadour that took place over 1900m at La Teste six weeks ago. AL WAKRAH (1) ran out a 2L winner over SAHAB (3) on that occasion and both look to be firmly involved once more but the latter has the services of Mickael Barzalona this time around and could reverse the placings with some solid G1 form in the past. SOLENZANA (10) was sent off favourite for that event when fourth and can be thereabouts with a step forward possible. TAMARI (12) is also respected.

Race 3 - QATAR PRIX DE ROYALLIEU - 2800m OPEN. Purse EUR €300,000.

SEA LA ROSA (4) recorded her third win from four starts this year when taking out the G2 Darley Prix de Pomone over 2500m at Deauville in snug fashion. Top claims with further progress entirely possible. The Aidan O'Brien pair EMILY DICKINSON (8) and PEROTAN (9) are respected with the former preferred of the duo following a good 1L fifth in the G1 Cazoo St Leger Stakes over 2900m at Doncaster (UK). The latter is interesting upped in trip. VERRY ELLEEGANT (3) comes into this top-rated in the line-up and should be on the premises after finishing a 1.5L third in the 2400m G2 Qatar Prix Foy.

Race 4 - QATAR PRIX DE LA PLACE DES VOSGES - 2500m HCP CL1. Purse EUR €70,000.

As expected a competitive handicap. OLYMPIE (4) produced a solid third when behind UTAMARO (15) in a similar Class One handicap at Chantilly four months ago. Key contender with Soumillon a positive booking. The latter mentioned finished a close up fifth over 2250m here a month ago and certainly has the form to be involved. PANJAMAN (2) shaped well when third in a 2500m Class One conditions event at Saint-Cloud last outing. Notable chance. RECOUP (18) is interesting from the foot of the weights with further progress likely while it's hard to rule out GOLDEN CALL (6) back in handicap company.

Race 5 - HARAS DE BOUQUETOT - CRITERIUM ARQANA - 1600m CL2. Purse EUR €300,000.

An interesting and extremely valuable sales race for the two-year-olds. The presence of Aidan O'Brien's DENMARK (2) catches the eye and given he was very impressive when winning at Naas (Ireland) over this trip on debut he looks the one to side with. MUNCH (11) handled soft ground when winning a Goodwood (UK) conditions event last outing and is one of the more interesting challengers. SOUZAK (1) won a Class Two conditions race by a head over 1350m at Lyon-Parilly latest. Claims with more to come upped in trip. PAPILIO (9) finished 10L sixth in the G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes at The Curragh (Ireland) and must be respected on ratings.

Race 6 - QATAR PRIX DU CADRAN - 4000m OPEN. Purse EUR €300,000.

It's hard to look past KYPRIOS (7) who has really stamped his authority on the staying division this season. Aidan O'Brien's star completed a hat-trick of Group Ones in the G1 Comer Group International Irish St. Leger over 2800m at The Curragh (Ireland) and is the one they all have to beat with this trip no problem. QUICKTHORN (3) won the G2 Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup Stakes by 14L at York (UK) under an enterprising front-running ride. Key chance although unlikely he will be allowed to dominate in such fashion. GOYA SENORA (1) just got the better of JOIE DE SOIR (9) in the 3000m G2 Darley Prix Kergorlay at Deauville and they look the pick of the home contingent. SKAZINO (6) finished third in that event and is also noted.

Race 7 - QATAR PRIX DOLLAR - 1950m OPEN. Purse EUR €200,000.

A fiercely-competitive Group Two where many have chances. ANMAAT (6) had GROCER JACK (3) well behind (4L) when winning the 2100m G3 Rose Of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock (UK) last outing. The former looks to be improving rapidly for Owen Burrows and may be up to the task while the latter can go close having been narrowly beaten in the G3 Winter Hill Stakes over 2000m at Windsor (UK) since. Progressive gelding BOTANIK (1) completed the hat-trick when winning the G2 Lucien Barriere Grand Prix de Deauville at Deauville. Expected to measure up and should be ridden positively. Recent G3 Prix Gontaut-Biron Hong Kong Jockey Club winner WALLY (4) cannot be ruled out while LASSAUT (10) is also of interest.

Race 8 - QATAR PRIX DANIEL WILDENSTEIN - 1600m OPEN. Purse EUR €200,000.

This prize can stay in France courtesy of the unexposed EREVANN (5). The Jean-Claude Rouget trained colt proved he was up to top-class when an excellent 0.75L third in the G1 Prix Jacques Le Marois on just his fourth career start. Could prove hard to beat. The race could have panned out better for THE REVENANT (1) when he was beaten 6.25L into third in the G1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp here. Genuine claims on ratings. TRIPLE TIME (6) made up for lost time when winning the G3 Superior Mile Stakes at Haydock (UK) last-time-out. Could be up to the task and hard to gauge just how good he is. CHECKANDCHALLENGE (9) completes the shortlist.

Race 9 - QATAR PRIX DE LA PLACE DE LA CONCORDE - 1600m HCP CL1. Purse EUR €70,000.

HARPER (2) followed up a Class One handicap success at Deauville with a good conditions second here. Leading chance in this open-looking handicap to close the card. VENTS CONTRAIRES (7) finished a solid 1L third in a 1900m Class Two handicap on the AW at Deauville last start. Notable claims with the return to turf no issue. SKY POWER (1) won a Class Two conditions event over 1500m at Deauville. Cannot be ruled out. BE MY DAY (12) and BILLABONG CAT (8) look live each-way contenders.

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