One of the highlights of the flat racing season takes place this weekend at Longchamp with the best horses in Europe taking each other on in the L’Arc de Triomphe, one of the best horse racing fixtures of the season.
News broke today that Frankie Dettori will miss the ride on the well-fancied Treve after suffering an injury which will rule him out for the rest of the season. Thierry Jarnet will take the ride on the well fancied filly who looks a big player judged on her performances so far this season. As always a lot will depend on the draw and the market is likely to move considerably after that is made. Current favourite Orfevre was drawn wide last year but almost overcame that, finishing 2nd to Solemia after looking the winner for most of the final furlong. The argument is that without being draw out wide he would have won, but he idled badly in front and looked to have little excuse in the end. Looks likely to be involved but looks short enough at the latest horse racing odds of around 5/2 in a race with much more depth than last year’s renewal.
Soft ground is forecast which will not be in the favour of Intello who would prefer a quicker surface, especially given he is not a guaranteed stayer over this trip. Al Kazeem will appreciate soft ground but he has had a long, hard season and there is a feeling his best may have been left behind in earlier races.
NOVELLIST was a most impressive winner of the King George at Ascot earlier in the season when he spread-eagled the field with an impressive turn of foot. He was only workmanlike on his most recent outing but that race will have been no more than a workout for this race and he should come on for that. He will not be inconvenienced by soft ground and with Murtagh booked to ride he is unlikely to be far away. The form of the King George is easy to pull apart but he won with plenty in hand and recorded some impressive time figures in the process.
Selection: NOVELLIST @ 11/2 with Coral