By Sean Goff
Punters have latched on to Camelot for this afternoon’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe despite monsoon-like conditions yesterday turned the Longchamp going to heavy.
Frankie Dettori’s mount is the 9/4 favourite as they head to post. The dual British Classic winner sees Aidan O’Brien as Ballydoyle seeking their second win in the race after Dylan Thomas triumphed in 2007.
The Newmarket 2,000 Guineas, Epsom Derby and Irish Derby winner will race from stall five and nine of the last 10 winners have been drawn eight or lower in the Paris feature.
Japan’s Orfevre (drawn 18) is now 5/1 second favourite in a race where Paddy Power are paying 1/4 the odds the first four places.
Trainer Yasutoshi Ikee has already placed the four-year-old to win more than £7m in his homeland – including the Japanese Triple Crown – and won a recognised Arc trial the Prix Foy last month.
The money continues to pour in for John Gosden’s Irish St Leger winner Great Heavens (drawn 7) who will handle the crown and was supplemented for the race last week when stable companion Nathaniel was ruled out with a temperature.
Dettori will be aiming to make it four wins in the 1m 4f test at Longchamp having won it on Lammtarra (1995), Sakhee (2001) and Marienbard (2002).
O’Brien Jnr had ridden Camelot to glory at Newmarket, Epsom and the Curragh but came in for criticism when the pair’s Triple Crown bid went up in flames in the St Leger.