The 2013 renewal of the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe, looks, on paper, to boast one of the strongest fields in living memory.
The top nine horses in the betting market, have all won a Group One, or Grade One race. The six top-rated horses in the field
have an average Timeform rating of 129. (Novellist:132; Orfevre: 130; Treve:129.).
The draw is of crucial importance in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, with only one winner in the last eleven years (Dalakhani) racing from a stall number higher than nine.
In 2007 the heavily backed Epsom Derby winner Authorised was sunk from stall 12. Stall one is a coffin box and only one horse (Carroll House Drawn 16) has managed to win from a draw higher than 15 in the last twenty six years, and that was on good ground.
The Japanese runner Orfevre raced from stall 18 in 2012 and looked all over the winner one furlong out, but very clearly ran out of gas, having had to circle the field and come from the back.
Horses drawn in stalls two, four, six and seven have won fourteen of the last twenty six running of the race; a strike rate of 54%. The 2012 winner Solemia came from stall 6 and was ridden by the greatest living Arc jockey Olivier Peslier.
Thirteen of the last twenty six runnings of the Arc were won by lightly raced, strongly fancied French trained three year olds. This trend has taken something of a knock in recent years, however, with the last three, three year old winners of the race, Sea the Stars, Workforce and Danedream hailing from Ireland, the UK and Germany respectively.
Nonetheless fifteen of the last nineteen runnings of the race have been won by horses aged three. The last five year old winner was Tony Bin in 1998, whilst the last four year old to triumph was Solemia in 2012.
Four year olds have won fourteen of the last forty one runnings of the race,
giving them a strike rate of 34%. Five four year olds have won in the last twenty one years; a strike rate of 23.8%. There have been just eight winners aged 5+ since the first running in 1920, with Marienbard in 2002, the last five year old winner of the race.
The domination of three year olds in the Prix De L Arc De Triomphe can be partly atrributed to the fact that they get a significant weight allowance compared with the older horses that run in the race. Three year old fillies are asked to race of only 8-8, whilst three year old colts are asked to carry 8-11. This compares with older fillies who are asked to race off 9-2, with the older colts on 9-5.
Horses above the age of five and those that have been peaked to take in mid Summer races such as the King George, do not have a great record in the race. A notable exception to the latter trend, was the 2009 Arc winner Sea the Stars, who won both the Juddmonte at York and the Coral Eclipse, before going on to land the Arc. Workforce, the 2010 Arc winner was trounced in the King George before he went on to take the Arc. No horse has ever won both the St Leger and Arc in the same season.
It is something of a misnomer to say that fillies have a poor record in the race. Everything is relative and a strike rate of four winners from the last twenty runnings of the race(20%) (Urban Sea, Zarkava, Danedream and Solemia)is impressive when one considers that there are usually no more than one or two fillies in the race each year.
The 2006 winner Rail Link gave the master trainer André Fabre a record-breaking seventh victory in the race; Trempolino (1987), Subotica (1992), Carnegie (1994), Peintre Celebre (1997), Sagamix (1998), Hurricane Run (2005), Rail Link (2006). All Fabre's Arc winners won the Prix Niel, except Peintre Celebre who finished second. In the 2012 renewal the Fabre trained Maserstroke rewarded his followers by rnning third.
The last horse to complete the Prix De L Arc De Triomphe double was the Lester Piggot trained Alleged
in 1978. We then have to go back to 1956 to have found the next horse to have done so, the brilliant
Twelve of the last seventeen winners of the Arc had run in one of the Arc trials, with the Prix Niel clearly the most signifciant of the lot. It should be noted, however, that whilst the last eight three-year-old winners of the Arc had all contested the Prix Niel, not all had actually won that trial. The 2004 Arc winner Bago, finished third in the Niel, having earlier in the season also landed the Grand Prix de Paris.
In the last thirty odd years, only two horses have won the Prix Vermeille and the Arc in the same season; Three Troikas in 1979 and the brilliant Zarkava in 2008. The 2012 Arc winner Solemia finished third in the Prix Vermeille.
The Arc winner has not prepped in the Prix Foy, however, since 1992.
Since the brilliant Sea Bird landed the Arc/Epsom Derby double in 1965, twenty one other horses have attempted to pull off the double. Five have managed to imitate Sea Bird; the peerless Mill Reef (1971); Lammtarra (1995), Sinndar (2000) Sea the Stars (2009) and Workforce (2010) - a 23% strike rate. Of those twenty one, four were also placed in the Arc; Sir Ivor ( second 1968), Nijinski (second in 1970), Troy (third 1979) and O'Brien's High Chaparral (third in 2002). This gives us a win and place strike rate of 42% for Epsom Derby winners attempting the Arc double.
The master of Ballydoyle Aiden O'Brien won the Arc in 2007 with Dylan Thomas. On a percentage basis his record in the race is not great, not least because his horses have tended to peak in mid-season races.
St Nicholas Abbey and Camelot were stuffed in the 2012 renewal.
Godolphin have won the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe three times, with; 1995 Lammtarra, 2001 Sakhee and 2002 - Marienbard.
Of those jockeys still riding, Olivier Peslier is the most successful Arc rider, winning it four times. Dettori has won it three times, whilst Kieren Fallon and Christophe Soumillon have each won the race twice
The 1990 winner of the Arc Saumarez, was one of the few winners of the race to have never raced over 12fs prior to landing the race, whilst 1993 winner Urban Sea, and the 2004 winner Bago had both raced over, but not won over the trip, prior to their respective victories.
Contrary to the mutterings of so called horse racing expert Nick Mordin, horses do get beaten in the Arc and come back to win it the following year, as per the great Tony Bin, who finished second to Trempolino in 1987, before coming back to win it in 1988, aged
five. Rainbow Quest finished almost last in the 1984 Arc, before coming back to win it in 1985 on the disqualification of the French runner Sagace.
Japanese trained horses have tended to reward their legion of supporters, with big runs on the day. El Condor Pasa (1999) and Nakayama Festa (2010) finished second, whilst the heaily supported Deep Impact finished third in 2006 (later disqualified). Orfevre was something of an unlucky loser in 2012, beaten by the draw, and the tactical nous of Arc specialist Peslier aboard the winner.
Drawn 8 in the 2013 renewal he looks the most likely winner of the race.
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Selections 2013 Prix De L Arc De Triomphe: 1:Orfevre. 2:Kizuna. 3:Ruler of the World.4:Meandre.
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