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Arc de Triomphe Kicks off Great Sunday of Wagering

by Dustin Fabian

October 4, 2018

Wake up early on Sunday and check out the loaded Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe card at the fully renovated Longchamp Racecourse in Paris, France.  The Arc is France’s most prestigious race and figures to send a handful of top contenders to the Breeders’ Cup.  

To bet, look for FRA-Longchamp on the International Track List.  

Arc Day Schedule 

  • Race 1 (8:20AM ET) – Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac – Criterium des Pouliches (G1) 
  • Race 2 (8:55AM ET) – Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (G1)
  • Race 3 (9:25AM ET) – Qatar Arabian World Cup (G1) 
  • Race 4 (10:05AM ET) – Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1)
  • Race 5 (10:50AM ET) – Prix de l’Opera Longines (G1)
  • Race 6 (11:25AM ET) – Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp Longines (G1)
  • Race 7 (12:00PM ET) – Qatar Prix de la Foret (F1) 
  • Race 8 (12:30PM ET) – Qatar Grand Handicap 

1 Million Point Arc de Triomphe Split 

Make your Arc de Triomphe bets count even more!  At Xpressbet, we’re offering a 1 Million Point Split to any customer who registers and makes a winning $10+ Win bet on the Arc.  It’s that simple.  Every customer that plays and makes a winning bet will receive and equal share of the 1 Million Points pot.  

Meet the Arc Contenders 

The field took a hit on Thursday when it was announced that Cracksman, who would have been among the favorites, was skipping the race due to forecasted hard ground.  Nonetheless, as many as 19 horses will compete in the Arc.  Here’s a look at the most notable:

  • Enable (Gosden/Dettori) – Juddmonte-owned filly won this race last year by 2 1/2-lengths and took a minor Group 3 race at Kempton (UK) in her lone 2018 start.  Her lack of racing this year could be viewed as a concern, but local punters have made her the heavy favorite to repeat.  Jockey Frankie Dettori has won the Arc a record five times.   
  • Sea of Class (Haggas/Doyle) – 3YO fillies have been on a roll in the Arc, having won three of the last seven editions.  Sea of Class is a daughter of ’09 Arc winner Seat the Stars and she’s won five straight races, including the G1 Yorkshire Oaks last out and the G1 Irish Oaks in July.  Haggas and Doyle are each seeking their first Arc win.
  • Talismanic (Fabre/Barzalona) – Last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf winner is just 1-for-5 since that big win and the lone score in that span came in a G3 race at Deauville in August.  He ran great in the US and Hong Kong but hasn’t been quite as effective back home in France.  Andre Fabre has won the Arc a record seven times.
  • Kew Gardens (O’Brien/Moore) – Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore have each won the Arc twice and teamed to win it in 2016 with 4YO filly, Found.  This year’s entrant, Kew Gardens, is a 3YO colt who most recently won the G1 St Leger at Doncaster and won the G2 Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot in June.  He’s won three of his last four races.

Play the Trans-Atlantic Pick 4 

Join us Sunday for Trans-Atlantic Pick 4, a Pick 4 combining two races at Longchamp and two races at Belmont Park.  The Trans-Atlantic Pick 4 races from Longchamp will be the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Race 4) and the G1 Prix de l’Opera (race 5).  The races from Belmont will be the Flower Bowl Invitational and Frizette Stakes.

Look for Trans-Atlantic Pick 4 on the Thoroughbred Track List to play.