A rundown of the main protagonists:

Amongst those standing in the way of the French charge are, the title holder Torquator Tasso, the Japanese and the English.

On Sunday October 2nd, the world’s best thoroughbreds will faceoff in the Qatar Prix de
l’Arc de Tromphe (Group 1), which will take place at ParisLongchamp. With 90 days left until
the race, a clearer picture is starting to develop on both the International and domestic

GERMANY Torquator Tasso ready to defend his title

The fiveyearold German raider Torquator Tasso bids to defend his crown! Trained by
Marcel Weiss, he was lacklustre when returning to action on May 29th at BadenBaden, but
he has his own way of doing things and has never been at his best first time out! We saw the
real Torquator Tasso on Saturday, July 2nd, as he glided to success in the Group 2 Grosser
HansaPreis at Hambourg. Peter Michael Endres, coowner of the horse said after the race

With a horse like him you need to go to the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at
Ascot (Gr1, 23rd July) ! After that he will hopefully lineup in the Grosser Preis von Baden
(Group 1, 4th September) and then onto the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr1). I can sleep
soundly now as we seem to have the real Torquator Tasso back” Torquator Tasso will run
next in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, often nicknamed the
“English Arc” or “Summer Arc”… His main challenger could be the English 3yo Desert Crown,
who is trained by Sir Michael Stoute and was an extremely impressive winner of this year’s
Epsom Derby. The threeyearold is the bookies favourite for the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de

ENGLAND English mare Alpinista impresses at SaintCloud

On Sunday July 3rd, SaintCloud racecourse held their Grand Prix (Gr1), which was won by
the English mare Alpinista, a fiveyearold trained in Newmarket by Sir Mark Prescott.
Carrying the prestigious silks of Swedish owner and breeder Kirsten Rausing, Alpinista is
now unbeaten in her last six starts, with the final four being Group 1’s. Stronger than ever at
five, the mare made a successful return to action, following eight months away from
competition and equalled the course record in the process! A winner of three Group 1’s in
Germany last year, Alpinista beat Torquator Tasso in the Grosser Preis von Berlin. William
Butler, assistant to Sir Mark Prescott, said after her Grand Prix de SaintCloud success

Last year, the Arc came at the wrong moment for her… This year, we have changed things
around and have based the agenda firmly around the Arc”

JAPAN Two Japanese runners confirmed

Amongst the seven Japanese horses entered for the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe 2022,
there are already two confirmed runners according to connections, the fouryearold
Titleholder and the year younger, Do Deuce. Two exceptional racehorses, Titleholder is the
best older horse in Japan and took last month’s Takarazuka Kinen in a record time. His front
running style will certainly add an exciting extra dimension to the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de
His trainer, Toru Kurita, said after last month’s victory.
“I said to his owner, “if we win then we are going to the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe” and
I think we will head straight there with Kazuo [Yokoyama, his jockey”

The second confirmed Japanese runner, Do Deuce, took the Japanese Derby. His owner,
Masaaki Matsushima, a businessman turned racehorse owner, who hopes to help his close
friend and Japanese superstar jockey Yutaka Take, realise a thirtyyear dream of winning the
Masaaki Matsushima told the Japanese press:
“My dream is to see Yutaka Take win the Arc, I don’t mind who the horse is… If it is with one
of mine, then all the better, but I really would love to see him win it”

FRANCE The home challenge strengthens

With some of the main French hopes firmly en-route, and other just about to start their
journey, there are some interesting names and reputations already developing for this
year’s race

Some French hopes are already crystal clear, including Sealiway (4yo), who was fifth in the
Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe last season and has just returned to FrancisHenri Graffard,
following a midseason break. He has been aimed for the Arc all throughout 2022 and could
be joined by stablemate, Sweet Lady, who finished fourth in Sunday’s Grand Prix de Saint
Cloud, according to her owner Francis Teboul. With her, we have plenty of options, we can
go to England or Germany, or even the Vermeille. We will try and prepare her for the Arc”


Another mare who could join the lineup is Grand Glory, who was bought for €2,5m at
Arqana in 2021 by Haras de Hus, which is owned by Xavier Marie, a businessman who is well
known in the world of sport. He took the desision to keep the mare in training and she is
stronger than ever, finishing third in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, a Group 1 disputed at
Royal Ascot.
Gianluca Bietolini, her Italianborn trainer, based in MaisonsLaffitte said
“I’m thinking of giving her an easy time and coming back for later in the season. The
programme gives us two options following on from the Qatar Prix Vermeille either the Prix
de l’Opéra Longines or the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe”

Another potential French candidate is La Parisienne, who finished second in the Prix de
Diane Longines for Carlos and Yann Lerner. Her next start should be the Qatar Prix Vermeille
(Group 1), on September 11th.

DEAUVILLE (Calvados 14)
Some contenders are likely to popup this summer at Deauville, including the threeyearold
Al Hakeem, an unlucky fourth in the Qatar Prix du Jockey Club… Trained in Deauville by Jean
Claude Rouget, the colt should return to action on August 15th, in the Prix Guillaume
d’Ornano Haras du Logis SaintGermain (Group 2).

Press Release/Contact France Galop:
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Emma Besnard 01 49 10 22 50

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