Sunday is one of the highlights in the racing calendar – the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe – and this year it returns to its traditional, now redeveloped, home at Longchamp.
Superstar filly Enable bids to win again for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori after scoring last year at Chantilly.
She’s raced only once since then, winning an all-weather Group 3 at Kempton last month. Her star-quality is indisputable but, at odds-on, it might be worth playing against her for some place money
Magical – 40/1 each way – Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
Anything with the name AP O’Brien next to it on a racecard needs some respecting. The Ballydoyle supremo has only won this great race on two previous occasions but 2016 certainly was a lesson in just what this wonderful trainer is capable of.
Then his filly Found led home an unprecedented 1-2-3 for the stable, followed in by stablemates Highland Reel and Order Of St George.
Such is the depth of talent at his disposal that O’Brien has got five left standing in the Arc field. St Leger winner Kew Gardens looks his best hope but perhaps there’s some each-way juice in Magical.
She was just shy of Group 1-winning form over a mile as a juvenile and has raced only three times this season.
Three-year-old fillies boast a strong record in the Arc and Magical produced much the best of her efforts this term when tackling 1m1f at the Curragh in July. She could still improve over this longer trip and is a huge price to snare a place despite a wider draw than desired.
Ballyoisin – 3.40 Gowran Park – win and each way 9/2
Ryanair Chase winner Balko Des Flos is likely to be popular here but he is having his first outing since Aintree (disappointing) in the spring and might be vulnerable to the race-fit Ballyoisin.
Enda Bolger’s charge has been in great form so far this season, following up an impressive Grade 3 victory over an extended 2m4f on good going at Killarney in May with a 2m5f success at Punchestown (good) the following month.
He returned from a summer break to win last month over hurdles at Listowel despite the 2m test being sharper than ideal. He’s back up in distance for this return to chasing and has the look of an improving chaser on recent evidence.
He tends to ensure a thorough test and his positive tactics should give him a good chance of catching Balko Des Flos out if he’s less than fully wound up.
Wind Chimes – 3.15 Newmarket – win and each way 5/2
The Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes is a Group 1 contest for fillies and mares that has been good to the French, with five winners in recent memory.
Legendary trainer Andre Fabre looks to have a strong chance of adding to that tally with Wind Chimes on Saturday afternoon.
The daughter of Mastercraftsman is already a Group 3 winner in her homeland and stepped up on that performance when agonisingly denied by Recoletos in Prix du Moulin at Longchamp last month.
She’s narrowly preferred here to Laurens, already a three-time Group 1 winner this season, but perhaps flattered by taking the scalp of an injured Alpha Centauri last time in the Matron at Leopardstown.
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