There aren’t many bigger flat races in the world than the prestigious Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Perhaps only the Cheltenham Festival and the TwinSpires Kentucky Derby can compete in terms of popularity.
It is the second richest turf race of the season, and there have been some famous winners of the race throughout its history.
We said goodbye to one of the most famous winners in the 2020 instalment, as two-time winner Enable was looking to become the first horse ever to win the race on three occasions.
However, she was unable to achieve that fear as she was beaten by Sottsass. But, which new stars could we see about to take this race by storm in 2021?
There aren’t many classier horses in training than Love. Fans were hopeful of seeing the three-year-old go head-to-head with Enable in the 2020 running of the race before she was forced to pull out of the Arc days before it was due to take place.
Next year could be the moment that all fans have been waiting for, as Love finally emerges as the outstanding horse in the field, and there her form this season certainly points to there being a chance of that being the case.
The A P O’Brien-trained horse won on all three starts this season. Her season got underway with victory in the 1000 Guineas, as she beat Cloak Of Spirits by four and a half lengths.
That dominance continued throughout the season, as she then beat Ennistymon by nine lengths in the Oaks at Epsom, and Alpinista by five lengths in the Yorkshire Oaks at York. It’s clear to see why she is the outstanding choice at present for the Arc in 2021.
There was huge excitement following the Breeders’ Cup, as trainer D K Weld revealed that Tarnawa would be aiming for success in the Arc next year. The four-year-old won the Breeders’ Cup Turf at the prestigious American event, and could easily be the next winner of the Arc.
As soon as the announcement was made, Tarnawa’s odds for the Arc crashed from 33/1 to 10/1 with the leading sportsbooks.
Her form last season was incredible, as she won on all four starts. The success at Keeneland ensured that she got mainstream attention, but it’s her form at Longchamp that could ensure that she is leading contender for the Arc.
She won on both starts at Longchamp this season, with the most recent of those coming in the Prix de l’Opera Longines, where she beat Alpine Star. It will be difficult to rule out the Breeders’ Cup winner.
Another of the big market movers in the ante-post betting for the Arc has been Raabihah. This three-year-old was inconsistent last season but did manage to show glimpses of why she is so highly thought of.
She was excellent earlier in the year, as she won convincingly at Cagnes-Sur-Mer and Longchamp, but was unable to replicate that form after a 52 break when returning at Chantilly.
On that return, she finished fourth in the Prix de Diane Longines, which was won by Fancy Blue. Her only success in the second half of the season came in August in the Prix de Psyche Sky Sports Racing at Deauville.
That was the first graded race that she had won. She followed that up with a second-place to Tarnawa in the Qatar Prix Vermeille at Longchamp, which was a Group 1 race.
It isn’t known yet whether she will be able to make the step up to Group 1, but she will certainly be a horse to keep an eye on as the season progresses.