We took a step forward to knowing who will challenge wondermare Enable in her pursuit of an unprecedented third Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe victory this weekend, fifteen rivals having been left in the race at the forfeit stage on Monday.
There is a chance that more rivals may yet emerge as Wednesday marks the supplementary stage for the race, though it is as yet unclear whether any more horses will be added to the field at a cost to their owners.
Magical Out for Revenge for Ballydoyle Team
Among the leading contenders is Irish Champion Stakes winner Magical, a filly of Aidan O’Brien’s who has chased Enable home no less than three times, while her stablemates Japan and Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck are also in the line-up.
Prix du Jockey Club French Derby hero Sottsass heads the home challenge with the French looking to land their biggest race for the first time since 2014 when Treve, who herself went for a third victory unsuccessfully, took the coveted prize. Waldgeist, Musis Amica, French King and Silverware also represent the home nation.
As well as a horse named Japan being entered, the Arc-mad Far East nation themselves send three challengers this year in their attempt to win it for the first time with Blast Onepiece, Fierement and Kiseki all confirmed. The German-trained Matchwinner and Hardwicke Stakes second Nagano Gold from the Czech Republic offer more European flavour.
Small but Select British Team
Britain relies on more than just Enable too, with her trainer John Gosden also declaring another fine filly in the shape of Mehdaayih while Charlie Appleby and the Godolphin team send their very impressive Grosser Preis von Baden scorer Ghaiyyath – a very real challenger to the favourite.
After a racecourse gallop at Newmarket last week, the 10-time Group 1 winning mare stretched out on the gallops on Monday morning and was reported in fine form by her trainer.
Rather than stay with her regular partner Crossed Baton though, this time she was allowed to show her turn of foot to take a lead and she certainly appears to be in rude health heading for the most important race of her amazing career.
Bookies Taking No Chances on World’s Highest Ranked
The majority of the racing world wants to see Enable make more racing history on Sunday, although she is a very prohibitive price for a mare that will need to be at her very best to repel all comers once again. Best prices available as of Monday with UK bookmakers are:
40/1 Anthony Van Dyck, Blast Onepiece
50/1 French King, Musis Amica, Mehdaayih
80/1 Nagano Gold
100/1 Kiseki, Silverware