Arc Field Set to be Smallest Since 2007
We are heading for the smallest field since 2007 in the Arc de Triomphe on Sunday at Longchamp. All the talk ahead of the race is about Enable, and whether or not she can win her third title in a row, becoming the first horse to ever win three races. She will face a small field in that bid, even if no more horses are pulled out between now and the race as just 12 remained in at the five day stage.
John Gosden has taken out Mehdaayih from the race at this stage, leaving Enable as his only representative. Matchwinner, Silverwave and Musis Amica are the other three horses to be taken out, leaving a maximum of 12 going to post.
This is the same number of runners as we saw back in 2007 when Dylan Thomas claimed the Arc prize for trainer Aidan O’Brien. We do have a small chance of the number increasing, with a supplementary stage being opened on Wednesday, although it is very unlikely that anything will be added to the race at this late stage, so a maximum of 12 is what we are looking at.
Here are the runners who remain in Sunday’s feature:
1. French King
5. Blast Onepiece
7. Nagano Gold
11. Anthony Van Dyck
Plenty of names catch the eye in this field, but despite that there will only be one name that everyone is talking about between now and the race starting. This is Enable, and she is rightfully the favourite for the contest with the bookmakers.
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