The Longchamp Course
Longchamp is a unique location. It is actually comprised of four different courses that range in length from 1,000 to 4,000 metres and it has 46 different starting posts. The track first opened in 1857 and it offers stunning views of the Parisian skyline, while trees and greenery surround it. The Longchamp course itself is 2,750 metres and it includes a notable rise and descending turn, adding a challenge for jockeys and horses alike, which makes this race particularly exciting.
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Betting Analysis
The race is open to Group 1 thoroughbreds of both genders from around the world. Each horse must be at least three years old and there is a weight requirement that is dependent upon the age and gender of the horse. Older males must carry 9st-5lbs and females 9st-2lbs. Three-year-olds carry 8st-12lbs or 8st-9lbs respectively.
While the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe may be a particularly famous race, when it comes to picking a horse the same considerations come into play as any turf race in the world. The single most important variable is the “going”, or the condition of the turf. Usually, the weather in Paris in October is cool and damp, which means that there ground should be fairly moist. This will benefit some horses and work against others. Most European racehorses are used to softer turf, but it is still important to research the weather conditions and how the different horses have performed in similar conditions in the past.
You will want to look at the horses’ form, class and speed, before making a decision regarding your bets on race day. Usually, the horses competing in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe are experienced runners, so there is no lack of information regarding past performances, making it easier to select horses based upon the current condition of the grass.
If you are new to horseracing betting, then you may not be aware of how to do this type of research. Each race has a program or racing form that contains all of the statistical information you need about the horses taking part as well as the human connections to the horses.
The racing form will contain a great deal of information about past performances. This is the easiest place to start, and you should pay particular attention as to whether a horse has beaten others in the field.
When it comes to class, the easiest thing to do is to look at the purses of the races in which the horses have been recently racing. You can also look to see if the horse has any experience in “Group” events, which are the most prestigious events in Europe. As mentioned, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is a Group 1 event, so horses that have previously run in such races are likely to be ready to compete.
It may sound obvious, but you need to ensure that you do not forget about the jockeys. An experienced jockey can make a huge difference; otherwise, people such as Frankie Dettori would not be so famous. Furthermore, trainers are also very important and as you do your analysis, you will notice that some trainers seem to be particularly successful in certain races.
The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is a particularly long race and you need to be confident that your chosen horse can last the distance. That is why distance is another aspect of previous races that you should be considering. You want to keep an eye out for well-conditioned horses that have experience over such long races.
It is also important to consider the horses’ racing styles. A horse that can build an easy lead because it is one of just a few in the race with tactical speed may have an advantage. However, if there are many horses that like to fly out on the lead, you may want to look for a horse that likes to come from off the pace, as the race may have a fast pace. When examining a horse, look how it raced by seeing where it was at each stage of its previous races, and you should get a sense of what racing style it prefers.
A horse’s pedigree is also important, so you will want to be look at its parents and grandparents. Pedigree can be a good indicator of how a horse will do in a major race, especially if its ancestors have been successful in similar races. While it should not be your only consideration, it can be a deciding factor when faced with two similar horses.
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Bet Types
The easiest type of bet you can place on the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is a straight bet on the winner. You simply have to pick which horse you think will win the race, and if the horse does win, then you win your bet.
However, there are more betting options that you can explore, and they can be an important part of a betting strategy. For instance, you can place an each-way bet. This is actually two separate bets of an equal amount. One of the bets is on the horse to win the race and the other is on the horse to finish in one of the places (first, second or third). This gives you many more chances to win and if your horse does win the race, then you will be in for a sizeable payout.
There are also bets that allow you to back multiple horses. For example, you can place an Exacta bet, which requires you to pick which horse will win and which will finish second. As the bet is hard to win, it will likely have very long odds. Similar to this is a Quinella bet, a bet on two horses to finish first and second, but without specifying which order they will finish. There are a number of similar bets, such as Trifecta (horses to finish in first, second and third with the order specified) and Superfecta (horses to finish first, second, third and fourth with the order specified).
Be sure to consider all of these when planning your bets, as they will allow you to put together a strategy that will maximise your chances of winning.
Prix de l'Arc De Triomphe History
The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe can be traced back to 1863 when a governing body wanted to create a feature race that was open to thoroughbreds from around the world. It was initially named the Prix du Conseil Municipal and its name was then changed after World War 1 to honour the allies in 1919.
The first official Prix de I'Arc de Triomphe took place on October 3, 1920 and was taken out by Comrade. For many years, the National Lottery funded the race and it was soon able to attract big sponsors. An important milestone was in 2008 when Qatar Racing become the primary sponsor and doubled the prize fund.
The race has always taken place at Longchamp, with the exception of 2016 and 2017, when it was run at Chantilly while renovations were taking place at Longchamp. Some of the most famous names in horseracing have won the Arc, include Treve, Enable, Danedream, Montjeu and Alleged.
The top French trainer Andre Fabre has an impressive seven wins in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe while the jockey Frankie Dettori has won it five times, beginning with Lammtarra in 1995 and most recently on Enable in 2017.
Three and four year old horses usually dominate the race, with just one five-year-old winner since 1988. The aforementioned Enable is one of the races’ most successful runners, having won it in 2017 and 2018. However, she was unable to secure a third victory in 2019 when Andre Fabre’s Waldgeist beat her, and the next year she was held off by Sottass.