Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe

Prix de L’Arc de TriompheThe Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is a Group 1 race run at Longchamp over one and a half miles in early October. Known simply as “The Arc”, it is the end of season target of the best middle distance horses in Europe and beyond. It is the world’s third richest turf race, behind only the Melbourne Cup and the Japan Cup


The race can be traced back to 1863 when the Grand Prix de Paris was first staged. In 1893 this developed into the Prix du Conseil Municipal, an international race for the leading horses of different age groups. The race became the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe in 1920 with horses competing on equal terms.

The inaugural running was won by the three-year-old Comrade and in 1935 the event secured lottery funding. The Arc was cancelled in 1939 and 1940 due to World War II but was held at Le Tremblay in 1943 and 1944.

By the 1970’s, the assistance of the lottery had diminished, and the system was finally abandoned after the 1982 running. Sponsorship has seen the race steadily grow in stature and it is now the highlight of a two-day meeting known as “Arc weekend” with seven Group 1 races.

Past winners of “The Arc”

Ksar was the first horse to win the race twice when successful in 1921 and 1922. Five more horses have gone to secure two victories: Motrico (1930, 1932), Corrida (1936, 1937), Tantieme (1950, 1951), Ribot (1955, 1956) and Alleged (1977, 1978).

Daniel Wildenstein’s Sagace won the race in 1984 and was first past the post in 1985 before being controversially demoted in favour of Rainbow Quest. Five jockeys have won the race on four occasions, most recently Pat Eddery and Olivier Peslier. Trainer Andre Fabre has won the race on no fewer than seven occasions with Marcel Boussac owning six Arc winners.

Danedream recorded the fastest winning time in the event in 2011 at 2m 24.49s whilst three horses have won the race by a record margin of six lengths (Ribot 1956, Sea Bird 1965 and Sakhee 2001).

Past great winners of the race include Mill Reef (1971), Allez France (1974), Lammtarra (1995), Montjeu (1999) and Sea The Stars (2009).

Betting on the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe

Ante-Post betting on the Arc is available months before the event with the winners of the English, French and Irish Derby always given high ranking in the lists. We recommend Paddy Power sportsbook for betting on these kind of horse races. The race comes within a month of the English St Leger and is held in much higher regard by breeders so is a natural objective for the classic generation.

When betting on the day of the race, English and French prices are available. The French (or Pari-mutuel) prices combine horses in the same ownership so you would get a combined price for a horse and its stable companion or pacemaker whilst in England every runner is priced individually.

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe 2013

The Arc will take place on Sunday 6th October this year and a typically high class field is expected. Andre Fabre is expected to run the progressive three-year-old Flintshire in a bid for a record eighth victory in the race. He has not ruled out the possibility of French Derby winner Intello making the final line up after his colt finished third in the Prix Jacques Le Marois over a mile in August.

The German-trained Novellist was an impressive winner of the King George at Ascot in the summer and looks a strong contender whilst many felt that Japanese raider Orfevre was an unlucky loser in 2012. Most observers felt that he would have won had his jockey delayed his challenge a little longer and his season has been geared around a return visit to Longchamp.

French Oaks winner Treve is another possible runner and her form has since been boosted by success for runner-up Chicquita in the Irish Oaks at the Curragh. Al Kazeem looks the best of the English-trained runners but Roger Charlton has not yet committed his Eclipse winner to the race. The Champion Stakes remains a viable alternative.

Irish Derby winner Trading Leather could well take his chance but Epsom winner Ruler Of The World is thought more likely to revert to a mile and a quarter.

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