Horse racing betting tips for the 3.30 Qatar Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe at Longchamp.
Europe’s richest race takes place in Paris today and as part of our horse racing coverage our tipsters have selected their best bets for the race.
This is by far one of the most competitive Arc’s in recent memory, as illustrated by the way the betting is so divided, and any number of the runners could claim victory.
Taghrooda was short priced favourite before she was turned over by Tapestry in the Yorkshire Oaks, who has since been subsequently supplemented for the race. They both receive an awful lot of weight as three-year-old fillies however I fully expect the former to reverse the form over Aidan O’Brien’s charge, as problem’s were found by the John Gosden camp after York. Just A Way arrives as the spearhead of the Japanese runners and based on his performance at Meydan in March, there is no wonder why. However, he will be tackling this longer trip for the first time and, based on just how competitive this race is, I think he will fade coming into the Longchamp straight. Treve was a classy winner of this race last year, however she has been poor all season having been turned over in all three of her races and she may not be the same filly as in 2013. Her owner however has an embarrassment of riches and also runs ECTOT who looks the best bet. The three-year-old tackled the longer trip last time out at the course and was a very impressive winner. He has an advantage of a weight-for-age allowance and should come on a lot from his latest effort.
Tip – ECTOT (WIN) (13/2 William Hill)
Moving on to the highlight of the card and the world’s greatest horses have come to Longchamp looking to make history here. The Japanese have sent over three runners with Just A Way the likeliest of the trio to win if he is able to show his best over the longer trip of 1m4f. Of the English and Irish raiders, Taghrooda and Kingston Hill look the strongest challengers with the likes of Al Kazeem and Ruler Of The World already faltering in this race 12 months ago. The home team are headed by the impressive Ectot and unbeaten Avenir Certain but for me; the joker in the pack is PRINCE GIBRALTAR. The Jean-Claude Rouget colt oozes class and is surprisingly a bigger price than expected, as he went close in the French Derby before going even closer in the Grand Prix De Paris. His impressive performances as a two-year-old are still fresh in the mind and he has an electric turn of foot which should see him to good effect if the contest turns into a sprint.
Tip – PRINCE GIBRALTAR (E/W)(NAP) (28/1 William Hill)
This may be one of the most competitive Arc’s in recent memory with any number of runners good enough to take this valuable prize. A recent visit to the Newmarket gallops included a conversation with Taghrooda’s trainer John Gosden who, although more than happy with his own charge, kept on mentioning Japanese raider JUST A WAY. We all know his stamina is a little questionable and he has never won beyond 10 furlongs but he destroyed his field in the Dubai Duty Free and won his prep race in Tokyo all be it running on strongly over a mile. If he gets home (and these are often falsely run races followed by a sprint for the line), then he is the one they all have to beat.
Tip – JUST A WAY (WIN) (8/1 Coral)
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