History-bidding Enable has come in to favourite with Hollywoodbets for Sunday’s Gr1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, when she could make history by becoming the first to win the famous race three times.
Tellytrack will broadcast both days of the meeting from ParisLongchamp.
The final field will be announced today
– Final cancellations and declaration of jockeys: 10.30 am and 12.30 pm (French local time)
– The barrier draw will be broadcast live on Equidia from11 am (French local time).
A wholesale shake-up of the betting market took place on Monday as punters cottoned on to the likelihood of a soggy racing surface, which is not expected to suit the erstwhile favourite, Love.
While a sound surface prevailed at Longchamp for trials day just a fortnight ago, subsequent rain, including 19mm from Sunday into Monday, has led to going described officially as very soft and further heavy rain is forecast for Friday.
The testing conditions in 2019 are thought to have contributed to Enable’s defeat by Waldgeist, but punters have evidently decided she is more likely to relish the mud than Love.
Enterprising backers have been casting about for alternatives to the two who have dominated betting on the Arc for months. Stradivarius, outpaced on good ground on trials day but an impressive Gold Cup winner on soft in the summer, crashed down to 7-1 after being twice those odds on Sunday, while In Swoop is a general 16-1 shot from 25-1.
Some riders do not yet know whether they can compete in France this weekend. Talks continue between the British Horseracing Authority and Public Health England, which could free jockeys from the need to self-isolate on their return, providing they follow a testing regime and adhere to separation protocols for the following week.
Jockeys like Andrea Atzeni and Oisin Murphy might therefore be able to ride in France this weekend and still be able to take part in Future Champions Day the next Saturday. Conceivably, Atzeni could recover the mount on Stradivarius, for whom Olivier Peslier is currently booked. Murphy, meanwhile, might be offered an Arc mount by Aidan O’Brien.
While Hollywoodbets are offering full previews on their blog.hollywoodbets.net and betting facilities on the Arc, Phumelela’s Robert Garner provided the Sporting Post Sprint with the provisional TAB pools for the Arc race meeting as follows:
All races: Commingled Win, Place, Exacta or Swinger and Quinella (First, second any order); SA pools Trifecta, Quartet and Place Accumulator (Races 2-8), Jackpot (Races 5-8).