Will she? Won’t she?
Flying French Filly Treve has been handed box eight as she looks to chizel out a bit of history on Sunday afternoon by becoming the first three-time winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2.55pm).
But Epsom Derby, Coral Eclipse and Irish Champion Stakes winner Golden Horn has shown that he’s ‘all that’ and connections have forked out £120k to prove it. The jungle drums from the John Godsen camp get louder with every ray of sunshine.
Frankie Dettori’s mount will have to do it the hard way though from stall 14 as blistering speed and small fields have seen him triumph over 10f at Sandown & Leopardstown. He now has to prove he’s got more resolve than Arsenal’s back four if he’s to knock Treve off her f***ing perch over this 1m 4f trip.
But the Prix de l’Arc is rarely a two-horse smash up as Eleonore Kellenberger’s snazzily-designed inforgraphic shows.
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Seven-time winning trainer Andre Fabre’s New Bay skated home in the French Derby last May and proved he’s the stomach for a battle when slogging home in soft ground over course and distance last month. A stall five draw makes him a player.
At a double-digit price Dermot Weld’s Free Eagle has a bit of unfinished business with Golden Horn who go upsides the Irish challenger’s head on the sprint to the line at Leopardstown. The pair could eyeball each other again with Pat Smullen’s mount two boxes down in stall 12, beside last year’s runner-up Flintshire (11).
Aidan O’Brien’s Found nearly nicked the Irish Champion Stakes as the colts got up close and personal but will need all of Ryan Moore’s big-race nous to rattle home unnoticed from stall 15.