As the number of 2021’s major flat meetings slowly dwindle down, now seems like the perfect time to look ahead to this year’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. The prestigious Group 1 race takes place at Longchamp Racecourse in Paris in early October, and despite being held in France, the one-mile, four-furlong race attracts the best horses from all over the world.
With a huge €5,000,000 prize purse — making it the richest race in the world — every owner, trainer and jockey make it their goal to win Europe’s biggest race. So, as you scour the internet for the best horse racing tips, let’s take a quick look at the early favourites for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe…
Hurricane Lane – 5/1
After winning his debut at Newmarket back in October, Hurricane Lane has really kicked on this season. The Charlie Appleby-trained horse won back-to-back races at Newbury and York, including the Group 2 Dante Stakes at the latter. He came up just short in the Derby at Epsom, coming home in third. However, he has bounced back well, scooping his first Group 1 victory in the Irish Derby at the Curragh before backing that up with a victory in the top-group Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp. Having already won at the renowned track will only benefit Hurricane Lane in October.
Love – 11/2
The 2021 renewal of the ‘Arc’ will mark five years since an Aidan O’Brien-trained horse last won the race. But the multiple-time Irish Champion Trainer will be hoping that Love can land him his third victory in the Group 1 race later this year. Love had a fantastic season last year, winning the 1000 Guineas, the Oaks and the Yorkshire Oaks, and that fine form has carried into this season, as she won her fourth-successive Group 1 race — the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot last month. Love will likely hit the track a couple more times before heading to Paris, and if her winning streak continues, her odds could only get shorter.
St Mark’s Basilica – 8/1
If Love can’t land O’Brien his hattrick, then the Irish trainer will be hoping that St Mark’s Basilica can. The three-year-old won his first Group 1 race at the backend of last year, narrowly beating his stablemate Wembley to the Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket, and he has been in incredible form thus far this season. St Mark’s Basilica won the Group 1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains at Longchamp before landing a victory in the top-group Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly. Back on English soil, he won the Sandown Eclipse earlier this month. O’Brien could have his sights set on ‘Glorious Goodwood’ and the York Ebor Festival before the ‘Arc’, and another couple of victories would set this horse in good stead.
Tarnawa – 8/1
Tarnawa is another 8/1 shot. The Dermot Weld-trained horse had a fine season last year, winning a Group 3 outing at Cork before back-to-back top-group victories at Longchamp — in the Qatar Prix Vermeille and the Prix de l’Opera Longines respectively. A stateside Grade 1 victory in the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland rounded off the season with four wins from as many races. The five-year-old is yet to hit the track this year, with the Yorkshire Oaks on August 19th perhaps her most likely seasonal debut. That’s not out of the ordinary for this horse, as she started last season in August. Tarnawa knows Longchamp well, and that could work in her advantage.