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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:
Héléna Dupuy
hdupuy@francegalop.com 01 49 10 22 10
Emma Besnard
ebesnard@francegalop.com 01 49 10 22 50

Arc Day 2020 (Dimanche) 🇫🇷

In the heat of the battle

Today’s ParisLongchamp fancies:

1.15 Long- Nando Parrado (win).

1.50 Long- Coeursamba & Tasmania (e/w).

2.25 Long- Fazza Al Khalediah (win).

3.05 Long- In Swoop & Way To Paris (e/w).

3.50 Long- Audarya & Spirit Of Nelson (e/w).

4.25 Long- Wooded (e/w).

4.55 Long- Safe Voyage (win).

5.25 Long- Rimini & True Romance (e/w).

5.55 Long- Parigote & Caliste (e/w).

What a race!

Arc Weekend 2020 (Samedi) 🇫🇷

Today’s ParisLongchamp fancies:

12.30 Long- Max Vega (win).

1.00 Long- Artemis (win).

1.35 Long- Dariyma (e/w).

2.15 Long- Manuela De Vega (win).

2.50 Long- Kalaos & Romantic Moon (e/w).

3.25 Long- The Revenant (win).

4.00 Long- Sublimis (e/w).

4.35 Long- Goneril & Lady Sidney (e/w).

5.10 Long- Volynka & Magic Song (e/w).

The Revenant winning last year.

Bonne chance!

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe rated best race in the world for the 4th time 🇫🇷

The Arc I nearly missed #Mentalhealthweek

Pic: Yahoo Sports

I’m not really one to write these kind of personal blogs, but in a week that is highlighting mental health, if just one person reading this piece can take some degree of comfort from it then my job here is done.

The background

Those of you that know me know that I’m quite a private and quietly spoken kind of guy, some would say perhaps introverted? A little socially awkward? Well, that wasn’t always the case.

In my teens and my early twenties I was an extrovert, had more friends (or were they?) than I could shake a shitty stick at and I didn’t have a care in the world.

I used to drive then -you’re always popular when you have a car and spare cash to lend out to people I find.

Anyway, a series of life events happened to me at the end of my University days and a dark mist swiftly began to consume my whole body. I couldn’t function- the panic attacks were overwhelming and so very debilitating, and fear began to dictate my life. I couldn’t even leave my digs in the hours of daylight such was my fear of crowds etc.

I was prescribed a new so-called wonder drug in 1996 known as “Seroxat” (anti-depressant) but it didn’t suit me one bit and turned me into a complete zonked out zombie like person. I could feel the “real me” trapped inside a body that wasn’t mine and I was having some really negative thoughts that scared me. I can barely remember any of that year.

To cut a long story short I knew exactly where my life was heading under the influence of those tablets so I managed to ween myself off them, independently of my doctor.

My panic attacks never returned, but my personality completely changed. I was now somewhat of an introvert and very much dependent on the reassurances of others to go about my day to day life.

Fast forward

So bringing this anecdote forward and bringing it into recent context, I’ve been attending the Arc meeting in the last few years as part of a group or with a traveling partner, but found myself this year in a solo position for the visit. Something I was desperate to avoid.

For months I thought it would be a situation I could manage, but for the entirety of the week before I was due to fly out, I was stupidly gripped by the fear of the unknown. The panic-attacks I hadn’t experienced for almost 25 years were back. I felt so incredibly jittery last Thursday that cancelling the trip all together became a real option in my head.

So what drove me on? Well, it was the simple fact I was determined not to miss out on witnessing history if Enable won her third Arc. By hook or by crook I was going to get my silly scrambled head, full of all those nonsense worries, over to France.

Disappointingly I bumped into a few people at Longchamp who earlier in the year had indicated that they weren’t going to be there, and spending my evenings eating solo in Paris wasn’t the best feeling in the world either- but hey, from a personal point of view, I had conquered my own mental health struggles and got my sorry arse over there to witness and report on a sport I love.

Ironically as I flew home on Monday, I wondered to myself what all the fuss was about and why I had worked myself up into a bag of nerves in the first place?

If fear and worry is something that also holds you back, just remember that it can be overcome with positive thinking. If I can do it then so can you.



Arc Meeting 2019 ParisLongchamp (Sunday) 🇫🇷

Today’s Longchamp fancies:

1.15 Long- Albigna (e/w).

1.50 Long- Armory (win).

2.25 Long- Tayf (win).

3.05 Long- Enable & Sottsass (r/fc).

3.55 Long- With You (e/w).

4.30 Long- Soldiers’ Call (e/w).

5.05 Long- Safe Voyage (e/w).

5.40 Long- Salt Lake City & Mon Paris (e/w).

Carroll House win the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe 30 years ago.

Arc Trials 2019 (ParisLongchamp 15 Septembre) 🇫🇷

Today’s Longchamp fancies:

1.00 Long- Akoya (win).

1.35 Long- Way To Paris (win).

2.15 Long- Ziveri & Carlton Choice (e/w).

2.50 Long- Star Catcher (win).

3.25 Long- Sottsass (win).

4.00 Long- Stake Acclaim (e/w).

4.35 Long- Tour To Paris (e/w).

5.10 Long- Jarnac (e/w).

“Handicapper Steve” marks your Longchamp card.


There are just 50 days to go until the Arc 🇫🇷

81 entries for the 2019 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

The Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe 2019 entries

# Horse (Sex/Age) Owner Trainer
1 Amur (C4) Adelresort M. Snackers
2 Matchwinner (H8) Adelresort M. Snackers
3 Elwazir (C4) Hamdan Al Maktoum O. Burrows
4 French King (C4) Sheikh A. Bin Khalifa Al Thani Ha. Pantall
5 Salouen (H5) Hiran Balasuriya S. Kirk
6 Capri (H5) D.Smith/Mrs J.Magnier/M.Tabor A. O’Brien
7 Kew Gardens (C4) D.Smith/Mrs J.Magnier/M.Tabor A. O’Brien
8 Study Of Man (C4) Flaxman Stables Ireland L.T.D P. Bary (S)
9 Waldgeist (H5) Gestut Ammerland/Newsells Park A. Fabre (S)
10 Benbatl (H5) Godolphin S. Bin Suroor
11 Best Solution (H5) Godolphin S. Bin Suroor
12 Ghaiyyath (C4) Godolphin C. Appleby
13 Masar (C4) Godolphin C. Appleby
14 Old Persian (C4) Godolphin C. Appleby
15 Kiseki (H5) Mme Tatsue Ishikawa K. Sumii
16 Silverwave (H7) Martin S. Schwartz Racing F. Vermeulen (S)
17 Flag of Honour (C4) Mme Magnier/M.Tabor/D.Smith A. O’Brien
18 Stradivarius (H5) Bjorn E. Nielsen J. Gosden
19 Crystal Ocean (H5) Sir Evelyn de Rothschild Sir M. Stoute
20 Blast Onepiece (C4) Silk Racing Co. Ltd M. Otake
21 Fierement (C4) Sunday Racing Co. Ltd T. Tezuka
22 Nagano Gold (H5) Syndikat V3j V. Luka
23 Folamour (C4) Wertheimer & Frère A. Fabre (S)
24 Latrobe (C4) Lloyd J. Williams J. O’Brien
25 Enable (M5) Khalid Abdullah J. Gosden
26 Ligne d’Or (F4) Ballymore Thoroughbred Ltd A. Fabre (S)
27 Magical (F4) D.Smith/Mrs J.Magnier/M.Tabor A. O’Brien
28 Coronet (M5) Denford Stud J. Gosden
29 Morgan Le Faye (M5) Godolphin Snc A. Fabre (S)
30 Musis Amica (F4) Godolphin Snc A. Fabre (S)
31 Lah Ti Dar (F4) Lord Lloyd Webber J. Gosden

32 Magic Wand (F4) M.Tabor/D.Smith/Mrs J.Magnier A. O’brien
33 Sea Of Class (F4) Sunderland Holding Inc. W. Haggas
34 Kasaman (C3) S.A. Aga Khan M. Delzangles
35 Zarkallani (C3) S.A. Aga Khan A. de Royer Dupré
36 Dubai Warrior (C3) Sheikh M. Bin Khalifa Al Maltoum J. Gosden
37 Motamarris (C3) Hamdan Al Maktoum F. Head (S)
38 Technician (C3) David Caddy M. Meade
39 Saturnalia (C3) U. Carrot Farm K. Sumii
40 Japan (C3) D.Smith/Mrs J.Magnier/M.Tabor A. O’Brien
41 Mohawk (C3) D.Smith/Mrs J.Magnier/M.Tabor A. O’Brien
42 Norway (C3) D.Smith/Mrs J.Magnier/M.Tabor A. O’Brien
43 Circus Maximus (C3) Flaxman/Magnier/Tabor/Smith A. O’Brien
44 Mount Everest (C3) Flaxman/Magnier/Tabor/Smith A. O’Brien
45 So Chivalry (C3) Gestüt Schlenderhan J.-P. Carvalho
46 Line Of Duty (C3) Godolphin C. Appleby
47 Royal Marine (C3) Godolphin S. Bin Suroor
48 Royal Meeting (C3) Godolphin S. Bin Suroor
49 Khagan (C3) Godolphin Snc A. Fabre (S)
50 Roman Candle (C3) Godolphin Snc A. Fabre (S)
51 Persian King (C3) Godolphin Snc/Ballymore Tb Ltd A. Fabre (S)
52 Roger Barows (C3) Hirotsugu Inokuma K. Sumii
53 Too Darn Hot (C3) Lord Lloyd Webber J. Gosden
54 Ballet Russe (C3) M. Tabor/D. Smith/Mrs J. Magnier A. Fabre (S)
55 Broome (C3) M.Tabor/D.Smith/Mrs J.Magnier A. O’Brien
56 Anthony Van Dyck (C3) Mrs Magnier/M.Tabor/D.Smith A. O’Brien
57 Cape Of Good Hope (C3) Mrs Magnier/M.Tabor/D.Smith A. O’Brien
58 Sir Dragonet (C3) Mrs Magnier/M.Tabor/D.Smith A. O’Brien
59 Dschingis First (C3) Horst Pudwill M. Klug
60 Magna Grecia (C3) Smith/Magnier/Tabor/Flaxman S. A. O’Brien
61 Lion Lion (C3) Mme Chiyono Terada M. Matsunaga
62 Flop Shot (C3) Wertheimer & Frère A. Fabre (S)
63 Slalom (C3) Wertheimer & Frère A. Fabre (S)
64 Starmaniac (C3) Wertheimer & Frère C. Laffon-Parias
65 Sottsass (C3) White Birch Farm J.-C. Rouget (S)
66 Surfman (C3) Peter L. Winkworth R. Varian
67 Dariyza (F3) S.A. Aga Khan A. de Royer Dupré
68 Shamiyla (F3) S.A. Aga Khan A. de Royer Dupré
69 Siyarafina (F3) H.H. Aga Khan A.de Royer Dupré
70 Maqsad (F3) Hamdan Al Maktoum W. Haggas
71 Pink Dogwood (F3) D.Smith/Mrs J.Magnier/M.Tabor A. O’Brien
72 Cartiem (F3) Sarl Ecurie J.L. Tepper J.-C. Rouget (S)
73 Mehdaayih (F3) Emirates Park Pty Ltd J. Gosden
74 No One (F3) Yoshinori Fujita K. Sasada

75 Phoceene (F3) Le Haras de la Gousserie F. Rossi
76 Secret Walk (F3) M. Tabor/Mrs J. Magnier/D. Smith A. Fabre (S)
77 Hermosa (F3) M.Tabor/D.Smith/Mrs J.Magnier A. O’Brien
78 Amarena (F3) Stall Lucky Owner H. Grewe
79 Sea Of Faith (F3) Sunderland Holding Inc. W. Haggas
80 Wonderment (F3) Mme Stella Thayer N. Clément (S)
81 Platane (F3) Wertheimer & Frère C. Laffon-Parias



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