Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe or The Arc as it has become known in the UK, was 1st run in 1920 at Longchamp, after a brief hiatus at Chantilly, the race has since returned to the new improved facilities at the re named Paris-Longchamp….
The Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe is the premier race in France for horses of 3 years old and over. It is run over 2,400 metres or 1 & 1/2 miles. It is held on the first Sunday in October.
The Inaugural race was run in 1920 and was won by Comrade, trained by PP Gilpin & ridden by F Bullock.
Between 1920 & 1939, when there was no race for 2 years & in 1941 it was restored to Longchamp, F Carter was the leading trainer with 3 wins from 19 running’s of the race.
A further 2 running’s of the race were held away from Longchamp in 1943 & 1944 at Le Tremblay before it again returned to Longchamp until 2016. The race was held at Chantilly until 2018 due to building work.
The race returned to Paris-Longchamp in 2018 & was won by John Gosden & Frankie Dettori with mare Enable, who became the first horse to win the Arc at both Chantilly & Paris-Longchamp.
2019 winner Waldgeist was the oldest winner of the race at 5yo since 2002, when the race was won by Marienbard.
No 6 year old has won the race & the last 7yo to win the race was in 1932….
The 2020 winner Sottsass, was 4 years old & was Jockey Cristian Demuro 1st win in the race, along with Trainer, Jean – Claude Rouget…
Who will win the 100th running of the Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe
From 1944 to 2018, Andre Fabre is the leading trainer with 8 wins, including 2019 with Waldgeist & there have been 7 jockey’s who have won the race on 4 occasions, they include Olivier Peslier (who is still riding today) the late, great Pat Eddery & Trainer Freddy Head.
Frankie Dettori, heads the list with 6 wins…..
7 horses have won the Arc twice –
Ksar – 1921 & 1922 – Corrida 1936 & 1937 – Tantieme 1950 & 1951 – Ribot 1955 & 1956 – Alleged 1977 & 1978 – Treve 2013 & 2014 – Enable 2017 & 2018
Stats and Trends for the Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe
- 15/15 previous winners had won a Group 1 race before.
- 15/15 previous winners had won over 1m 4f before
- 12/15 previous winners had 4 or more runs that season
- 11/15 previous winners had won at least 5 times before
- 11/15 previous winners won last time out
- 10/15 previous winners were priced 10-1 or shorter in the betting
- 8/15 previous winners were aged 3 years-old
- 9/15 previous running’s were won by a French-based yard
- 10/15 previous running’s have seen the favourite place in the first 3
- 5/15 previous winning horses were Female
- 4/15 previous winners were winning favourites
- 4/15 previous running’s were won by a UK-based yard
- 3/15 previous winners were trained by John Gosden
- The average winning SP in the last 14 years is 8/1
- 2 of the last 9 Epsom Derby winners have won the Arc in the same season
- Since 1976 we’ve seen just 4 winners aged 5 or older
- 15 of the last 22 winners were aged 3 years-old
- Trainer Andre Fabre has won the race 8 times
- Jockey Frankie Dettori has won the race 6 times
- 11/15 previous winners were drawn in stall 6 or lower
The GOING for the 2021 Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe is HEAVY, SOFT in Places
3yo Deep Impact filly. 4 wins from 5 runs in 2021, including the Oaks, Irish Oaks & Yorkshire Oaks (Epsom, Curragh & York)
Last Run – September 12th over C&D in the Prix Vermille Stakes (Group 1) 1/2 length runner up to Teona.
Drawn in Stall 15
5yo Australia Horse. 4 wins from 7 runs in 2021. Last win was in the Group 1 Grand Prix du Saint-Cloud on July 4th over 1m 4f.
Last Run – September 12th over C&D in the Group 2 Prix Foy Stakes, finishing a 1 & 1/2 length 2nd to Deep Bond.
Drawn in Stall 3
5yo Shamardal Mare. 1 wins from 2 runs in 2021 – August 5th Group 3 Ballyroan Stakes at the Curragh (1m 4f) by 6 & 1/2 lengths.
Last Run – Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes (1m 2f) finishing 2nd to St Mark’s Basilica on September 11th by 3/4’s of a length.
Drawn in Stall 4
Chrono Genesis –
5yo Bago Mare. 1 win from 2 runs in 2021 including finishing 2nd in the Group 1 Sheema Classic to Mishriff at Meydan in March 2020
Last Run – June 27th in the Grade 1 Takaranzuka Kinen at Hanshin over 1m 3f, winning by 2 & 1/2 lengths.
Drawn in Stall 7
Deep Bond –
4yo Kizuna Colt. 2 wins from 4 runs in 2021. Winner of a Hanshin Grade 2 over 1m 2f in March.
Last Run – Winner of the Group 2 Prix Foy Stakes, beating Broome on September 12th over C&D by 1 & 1/2 lengths.
Drawn in Stall 2
Baby Rider –
3yo Gleneagles Colt. 2 wins from 5 runs in 2021. Last win was at Saint-Cloud on Mays 1st in the Group 2 Prix Geffulhe (1m 2f 96yds)
Last Run – September 12th in the Group 2 Prix Niel Stakes over C&D finishing 2nd by a nose to Bubble Gift.
Drawn in Stall 9
3yo Nathaniel Colt. 3 wins from 6 runs including a pair of Group 2 contests.
Last Run – September 12th, winning over C&D in the Prix Niel Stakes.
Drawn in Stall 14
3yo Frankel Colt. 2 wins from 4 runs including the Derby at Epsom on June 5th.
Last Run – July 24th at Ascot in the Group 1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, beating Mishriff by 1 & 3/4 lengths.
Drawn in Stall 10
Hurricane Lane –
3yo Frankel Colt. 5 wins from 6 runs including the Group 1 C&D Grand Prix De Paris.
Last Run – September 11th in the Group 1 St Leger at Doncaster over 1m 6f 115yds, winning by 2 & 3/4 lengths from Mojo Star.
Drawn in Stall 11
3yo Adlerflug Colt. 2 wins from 4 runs in 2021 including the Group 2 King Edward Vii (1m 4f) on June 16th at Ascot.
Last Run – August 18th at York in the Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes (1m 2f 56yds) finishing 6th lengths 2nd to Mishriff.
Drawn in Stall 13
Torquator Tasso –
4yo Adlerflug Colt. 2 wins from 4 runs including a Group 2 at Hamburg on June 6th by 4 & 1/2 lengths.
Last Run – September 5th at Baden-Baden in the 1m 4f Group 1 Von Grosser Preis Von Baden by 1 length.
Drawn in Stall 1
3yo Galiway Colt. 3 runs in 2021.
Last Run – Runner up to St Mark’s Basilica in the Group 1 Prix Du Jockey Club ( 1m 2f 96yds) by 1 & 3/4 lengths on June 6th.
Drawn in Stall 12
4yo Sea the Stars Filly. 5th in this race last season. 1 win from 4 runs in 2021.
Last Run – August 22nd in the Group 2 Prix De Pomone Stakes (1m 4f 96yds) in Deauville, winning by 2 & 1/2 lengths.
Drawn in Stall 6
Mojo Star –
Sea the Stars 3yo Colt. 1 win from 5 runs. Winner of a 1m 4f Newbury Maiden.
Last Run – Finished 2nd to Hurricane Lane in the 1m 6f Group 1 St Leger at Doncaster on 11th September
Drawn in Stall 8
This concludes our analysis of the Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe, we hope you have enjoyed reading our stats guide and hopefully steered you In the right direction of finding the winner.
Written by Rich Williams with Stats from Charlie McGreevy
Republished October 2021