One of the highlights of the racing calendar, the Group One Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe takes centre stage at Chantilly on Sunday with a superb undercard of five other Group One's seeing an array of top-class sprinters, milers, stayers and middle-distance horses take centre stage.
Here are Danny Archer's race-by-race selections...
1:10: Chantilly: Magical 2/1. Aidan O'Brien has won this event four times in the last 12 years and the Ballydoyle maestro has another live chance with this two-year-old daughter of Galileo. A sister to 1000 Guineas second Rhododendron, she impressively landed the G2 Debutante Stakes at the Curragh in August before being narrowly touched off by stable companion Happily, who was second to her in the Debutante, in the G1 Moyglare Stakes. She was beaten by a short-head that day and I fancy her to score back over a mile.
1:45: Chantilly: Happily 15/8. Closely linked with stable companion Magical who she beat last time in the Moyglare at the Curragh and this is a big ask for Aidan O'Brien's filly who aims to beat the colts in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere. The two-year-old daughter of Galileo ha her first start over a mile but she could be even better over eight furlongs.
3:05: Chantilly: Order Of St George 10/1, Dschingis Secret 16/1 Each Way and Cloth Of Stars 33/1 Each Way. A cracking renewal of the Arc and Enable is a worthy favourite for Gosden and Dettori. However 10/11 is too short for me in a race of this calibre and Aidan O'Brien's Order Of St George makes more appeal at a bigger price. He has won four races from four starts on soft ground which included a decisive nine length victory in the Irish St Leger last time. Connections took the son of Galileo to the lead at the three furlong pole on that occasion and if he is able to stretch the opposition in this event, I think he could prove tough to peg back. I also like Markus Klug's German raider Dschingis Secret. He is a course and distance winner following success in the G2 Prix Foy, a recognised Arc trial in September and he won impressively that day. He showed on that occasion that he handles soft ground and he cannot be dismissed. One also to mention is Andre Fabre's Cloth Of Stars. He was behind Dschingis Secret in the Prix Foy last time but did suffer a slightly troubled passage in that race. The four-year-old son of Sea The Stars is yet to win over 12 furlongs but he is very smart.
3:50: Chantilly: Lacazar 13/2 and Rhododendron 15/2 Each Way. The vibes have been positive for Peter Schiergen's Lacazar, a three-year-old daughter of Alderflug, who is unbeaten in four starts and impressively landed the German Oaks on soft ground at Dusseldorf last time. I'm also keen to have a little dabble on Rhododendron. Aidan O'Brien's charge was second in the 1000 Guineas and Investec Oaks at Newmarket and Epsom respectively before being pulled up in the Prix de Diane. She was then seventh in the Matron but after a bad injury like that, she may have needed that run and over one mile and two furlongs which really could be her ideal trip, she looks a decent each-way bet.
4:35: Chantilly: Battaash 10/3 and Signs Of Blessing 9/2 Each Way. It is best to put a line through Charlie Hills' Battaash's run at York in the Nunthorpe last time as he got upset in the stalls and did not do himself justice with a fourth placed finish. He had previously won the King George Stakes at Goowood on soft ground and today's conditions and sharp track should suit. Signs Of Blessing is probably the best French sprinter around currently and he won nicely at Deauville in a G3 race by two lengths. He looks sure to give his true running here.
5:15: Chantilly: Aclaim 5/2. I'm a big fan of Martyn Meade's charge ho returned to the form with a smooth success in the G2 Park Stakes at Doncaster last time. He met trouble in running but was still too good on that occasion and importantly, he relishes soft ground. He has a huge chance in this.
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1:10: Chantilly: Magical 2/1.
1:45: Chantilly: Happily 15/8.
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4:35: Chantilly: Battaash 10/3
5:15: Chantilly: Aclaim 5/2.