There aren’t many more prestigious races on the calendar than the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. The race typically attracts the most talented horses in the world of racing, and this year’s renewal is already shaping up to be one of the most competitive in recent memory. The Arc is the most expensive turf race of the season in Europe, with connections going into the race hoping to earn their share of the €5 million purse. But, which horse could come out on top this year?
Love Tops Betting
The top of the betting markets with TwinSpires.com for the Arc are dominated by the raiders from Ireland, with Love currently the preference before the running of King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Ascot. Love is set to have a huge challenge in that featured race at Ascot, which would be a big indicator as to whether she travels to France for the Arc. However, at present, she is certainly the most exciting name that looks set for the race.
The four-year-old for Aidan O’Brien has returned to the track this season in stunning form. As a three-year-old, she won the 1,000 Guineas, Epsom Oaks and Yorkshire Oaks in 2020. However, casts were set on her big return to the track at Royal Ascot, with many questioning whether the Prince of Wales’s Stakes was the right return race.
However, those questions were routinely answered by this truly special horse. Love built up a strong lead heading into the final furlong, and responded well when put under pressure by Audarya in the final proceedings to eventually win by three-quarters of a length. O’Brien will be looking for a first win in this race since 2016’s success with Found.
Hurricane Lane Searching For More French Success
One horse that has already proven his quality around the track at Longchamp this season is Hurricane Lane, trained by Charlie Appleby. Godolphin will be looking for yet another huge scalp this season after previously winning the Epsom Derby and Belmont Stakes. It’s hard to poke that many holes in Hurricane Lane’s form heading into the Arc. The three-year-old has won five from six starts, with his only defeat coming in the Derby at Epsom in June.
He quickly bounced back from that first defeat with a victory in the Irish Derby at the Curragh, as he beat Lone Eagle by a neck in a thrilling finish. However, it was his victory last time out that was really the form that made fans stand up and take notice. Hurricane Lane claimed victory in the Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp over a mile and four furlongs.
Despite being listed as the favourite, this was a huge step up in opposition, but he romped home in commanding fashion. Hurricane Lane finished six lengths clear of Wordsworth, and there is a clear feeling that there is more to come from this talented horse in the second half of the season.
Tarnawa Leads American Chances
It isn’t just the British and Irish-trained horses that will be heading to France for the Arc, as Tarnawa will be shipped over from the States for the Group 1. The five-year-old certainly has the ability to be a main player in the Arc, and he has saved some of his best performances for the track in France. Tarnawa most recently won at Longchamp in October last year, as he won by a narrow margin from Alpine Star in the Group 1 Prix de l’Opera Longines.
His other victory at Longchamp came just a month earlier when winning the Group 1 Qatar Prix Vermeille. On that occasion, he beat Raabihah by three lengths. The Dermot Weld-trained horse is yet to reappear in 2021, but there is an expectancy that his return will come sooner rather than later. His last run came back in November, as he produced an impressive display to win the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Keeneland by a length from Magical. He is certainly a fascinating option in the Arc.