Good ground at ParisLongchamp for Enable’s Arc defence

‘Light shower’ fell late morning

  • Sunday 07 October
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Ground conditions are described as good at ParisLongchamp ahead of this afternoon’s Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

The Parisian track will play host to a bumper card featuring six Group Ones, including Europe’s premier middle-distance contest, in which Enable bids to repeat last year’s success for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori.

An official going report from France Galop read: “The ground has been officially measured at 3.2/Good at ParisLongchamp this Sunday morning at 9.44am.

“There was very little rain over the west of Paris last night. At 11.15am, a light shower of rain fell at ParisLongchamp racecourse.

“Minimal rain showers are predicted through the day. The temperature is expected to be 14 degrees with a north wind. The ground should remain good.”

:: Enable is bidding to add her name to a magnificent seven horses who have been dual winners of the much-coveted prize:

KSAR (1921-22)

The Arc was only inaugurated in 1920 and had its first back-to-back winner in the following two years, when Ksar won the race as a three and four-year-old. Trained by Walter Walton, Ksar lifted his first Arc after winning the French Derby and the St Leger.

Ksar was retired having won 11 of his 15 starts and went on to be a top-class stallion. His progeny included Le Ksar, winner of the 2000 Guineas in 1937.

MOTRICO (1930 and 1932)

Motrico is the oldest horse to win the Arc, having been seven years old when triumphant for a second time in 1932. A descendant of 1899 Triple Crown hero Flying Fox, Motrico was retired to stud after his success in 1930, but returned to be trained by Maurice d’Okhuysen after being a relative failure as a stallion.

He went back to stud duties, and sired Hanhof, winner of the 1944 Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris, and his last foal was born in 1950, a year before he died.

CORRIDA (1936-37)

The first filly to win the Arc twice, Corrida had a colourful career as a racehorse, winning in France, Germany, England and Belgium – and had a fateful one afterwards. Winner of the Prix Morny as a juvenile, she failed in the 1000 Guineas and Oaks when trained in Newmarket, but returned to France and was third in the 1935 Arc.

Trained by John Watts, she travelled all over Europe, winning over £47,000 in prize money which was a huge total in those days. At stud she bred 1945 French Derby winner Coaraze, but disappeared during World War II and was never seen again.

TANTIEME (1950-51)

In the care of legendary French trainer Francois Mathet, Tantieme was a highly-strung type who was a bad traveller and was not at his best when raced in England, although he did manage to scramble home in the Coronation Cup in 1951.

He is better judged on his exploits on home soil, where his other victories included the Grand Criterium, French 2000 Guineas, Prix Ganay and Prix Lupin before he embarked on a successful stallion career.

RIBOT (1955-56)

Undoubtedly one of the best racehorses of all-time, Ribot was bred in Italy but foaled at the National Stud. Trained by Ugo Penco, he was unbeaten in 16 races over three years in three different countries over distances from five to 15 furlongs and on going from hard to heavy.

He won his first Arc by three lengths and his second by six and amassed £106,500 in prize money. Ribot was retired after his four-year-old days and was outstanding at stud being leading sire in Britain twice.

ALLEGED (1977-78)

The American-bred Alleged was a late-maturing type who was shrewdly purchased by Robert Sangster, superbly trained by Vincent O’Brien and brilliantly ridden by Lester Piggott. Once-raced at two, he made giant strides through his three-year-old career until being beaten by Dunfermline in the St Leger.

However, he bounced back in style to beat 25 rivals in the Arc, being taken to the lead after three furlongs. He won by a length and a half from New Zealand raider Balmerino, with French Derby winner Crystal Palace third and the Queen’s Dunfermline fourth. Kept in training, he won all his three races at the age of four culminating in a repeat victory in the Arc, winning by two lengths from Trillion, with Dancing Maid third.

TREVE (2013-14)

The extremely popular and equally talented Treve lit up French racing. Going to the Arc as a three-year-old after winning all her previous four races, including the French Oaks and Prix Vermeille, she was one of the easiest winners the great race has seen as she trounced Orfevre by five lengths.

Things did not go to plan for most of the following season, but she was produced by her trainer Criquette Head-Maarek to land the Arc for a second time in the hands of Thierry Jarnet, with another impressive display against 19 opponents, beating Flintshire by two lengths.

After winning her first three starts at the age of five, Treve made a brave bid to win for a third time and was only beaten two and a quarter lengths when fourth to Golden Horn in 2015, before heading to the paddocks.

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