It could be a huge afternoon in Paris for Charlie Appleby as he looks to secure Godolphin a first success in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe since 2002.
The Newmarket handler saddles two of the leading fancies for Europe’s richest race, with his Classic-winning pair Adayar and Hurricane Lane.
Adayar was an unfancied 16/1 when storming clear to win the Derby and proved that victory was no fluke when accounting for an all-star cast to add the King George to his resume at Ascot.
However, Hurricane Lane, who had to settle for third at Epsom, is backed to reverse form with his stablemate in our Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe tips.
The 9/2 shot is unbeaten in three subsequent outings, picking up the Irish Derby and St Leger, as well as impressing over course and distance when landing the Grand Prix de Paris.
He has proven himself with cut in the ground the last twice and can take advantage of a plum draw to land the spoils.
“I’m very pleased with the way he has come out of the St Leger,” Appleby told the Godolphin website. “He’s had a busy season, so it has been a simple prep to have him ready for the Arc.
“We know the soft ground is going to suit Hurricane Lane. But as a bonus, we know if it becomes a stamina-sapping Arc, he has already proven he has stamina in abundance. It’s a double positive for him.”
Fillies and mares have dominated Europe’s premier Group One in the last decade, taking home the trophy seven times since 2011.
Despite two-time champion Enable now being at the breeding sheds, the females are strongly represented once again for the 100th staging of this contest.
Tarnawa is disputing favouritism in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe odds and Dermot Weld’s versatile five-year-old attempts to go one better than her second in the Irish Champions Stakes.
Before that Leopardstown defeat, the daughter of Shamardal won five-in-a-row, including two Group One contests at this venue last autumn.
Star could shine at lengthy odds
Aiden O’Brien has supplemented his Oaks heroine Snowfall for a cost of 120,000 euros.
The dual-Classic winner, a general 6/1 shot for Sunday’s big race, will relish every drop of rainfall on the Bois de Boulogne as she attempts to give the master of Ballydoyle a third Arc trophy.
Love, was favourite for the race 12 months ago before soft ground curtailed her participation, while the Coolmore triumvirate is completed by Broome, who was second in the Prix Foy here last month, but could be entrusted with pace-making duties on this occasion.
At much longer odds, Mojo Star could provide plenty of each-way value at around 66/1.
Richard Hannon’s son of Sea The Stars was ahead of our selection when second in the Derby and was less than three lengths behind Hurricane Lane when staying on for a silver medal in the final Classic of the season at Doncaster.
Elsewhere on the Longchamp card, it could be a big afternoon for Nick Bradley Racing, who run Oscula in the Prix Marcel Boussac and Dandalla in the Prix de l’Abbaye.
Oscula has been one of the most consistent juveniles this term and is no stranger to a trip across the channel, having claimed Group Three honours at Deauville in August.
Royal Ascot winner Dandalla won’t mind conditions ahead of one of the most competitive sprints of the season and recorded a confidence boosting victory in an Ayr Listed contest when last seen.
Both make plenty of each-way appeal in their respective races and are added to our Longchamp predictions.
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