The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is fast approaching – Europe’s premier middle-distance race takes place at Longchamp on Sunday, October 3. With the countdown well and truly on, we’ve taken a look at three horses that are outsiders in the betting right now but who could be set to outrun their odds if they line up on Arc day. Here are three Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe outsiders.
3 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe outsiders
Chrono Genesis – 14/1
Chrono Genesis will look to give Japan their first-ever Arc winner and is set to be partnered at Longchamp by Oisin Murphy She’s notched up two Group 1 victories in her homeland, either side of placing 2nd behind Mishriff in the Sheema Classic.
Her neck defeat in the Sheema was a fantastic piece of form – Mishriff has since placed in the Eclipse and the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, before winning the Juddmonte International at York last month.
Adored in Japan, Chrono Genesis is a five-year-old daughter of Arc winner Bago and the Arc has long been the target for 2021. She is definitely one of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe outsiders to consider.
French jockey Christophe Lemaire rode her to victory in the Takarazuka Kinen at Hanshin at the end of June and he was quoted after the race as saying that the likely soft ground at Longchamp in October should suit her perfectly.
At double figure odds, she looks an excellent value bet to finally land the big one for Japan.
Alenquer – 33/1
Alenquer looks set to line up at Longchamp as trainer William Haggas aims to land his first-ever Arc winner and he brings some excellent form to the table. He defeated the Derby winner Adayar in the Classic Trial at Sandown in April before missing an Epsom rematch due to a small setback.
Reappearing at Royal Ascot, he landed the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes in impressive style before heading to Longchamp in July for the Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris. Given too much to do that day, he was a staying on 3rd behind Hurricane Lane who has since won the St Leger.
York was next up for Alenquer where he again did his best work late on, placing 2nd behind Mishriff in the Juddmonte International. Connections are confident that the mile-and-a-half trip in the Arc is ideal and that he’ll handle any cut in the ground on the day.
If the ground on Arc day is heavy, Alenquer will certainly not be 33/1 and will be one of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe outsiders to consider.
Raabihah – 25/1
Another horse who would appreciate deep ground is the Jean-Claude Rouget trained Raabihah.
She was an eye-catching 5th in the race last year behind Sottsass – coming from a long way back on bad ground, she was the only horse closing at the end. She had run 2nd in her first three runs this year, before finally getting her neck in front with victory in the Group 2 Prix de Pomone at Deauville at the end of August
Her three defeats this season all came at trips shorter than ideal but stepping back up to an extended mile and a half at Deauville saw her coast to an impressive victory.
Connections kept her in training for another crack at the Arc this year and she could well be staying on up the Longchamp straight once more as others cry enough.
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