Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe 2017: Timeform's runner-by-runner guide

The Arc de Triomphe takes place at Chantilly on Sunday
The Arc de Triomphe takes place at Chantilly on Sunday

Timeform bring you their runner-by-runner guide to Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly...

"All four Group 1 wins gained with ease, best effort when staying on strongly in soft ground to beat Ulysses in King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot in July."

Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
Chantilly
Sunday, 1st October

1. ZARAK (Alain De Royer Dupre, France/Christophe Soumillon)

Out of the 2008 winner Zarkava. Kept fresh since overdue first Group 1 success in Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud in July, beating Silverwave three quarters of a length. Unlucky to go down narrowly to Cloth of Stars in Prix Ganay earlier in year but career-best required from last year's Prix du Jockey Club runner-up.

2. DOHA DREAM (Andre Fabre, France/Gregory Benoist)

Five-time winner last season, including Group 2 success at this meeting over 15f. Not much luck this year, narrow defeats at Deauville the last twice in Group 3/2 company, but doesn't look up to this level.

3. ONE FOOT IN HEAVEN (Alain De Royer Dupre, France/James Doyle)

Outran long odds to be never-nearer sixth behind Found last year. No match for Seventh Heaven in Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket earlier this year and flying too high again despite recent encouraging second in Group 3 at Maisons-Laffitte.

4. ULYSSES (Sir Michael Stoute/Jim Crowley)

Not quite ready for Group 1 tests at three but different story this year with game nose win over Barney Roy in Eclipse at Sandown and more emphatic beating of Churchill in Juddmonte International at York after typically travelling powerfully. Found Enable too strong in soft-ground King George in between, but potentially more of a threat to her over this easier mile and a half, especially if conditions put the emphasis on speed.

5. CLOTH OF STARS (Andre Fabre, France/Mickael Barzalona)

Returned an improved colt this spring, running up hat-trick in group company culminating in short-neck win over an unlucky Zarak in the Prix Ganay at Saint-Cloud. Given four-month break after that, returning with creditable second to Dschingis Secret over this C&D in Prix Foy.

6. SILVERWAVE (Pascal Bary, France/Pierre-Charles Boudot)

Won uncompetitive Grand Prix de Chantilly in June and placed efforts behind Cloth of Stars in Prix Ganay and Zarak in Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud leave him with something to find. Down field in last two Arcs and hard to see him being more competitive at third attempt after only fifth in Prix Foy.

7. IDAHO (Aidan O'Brien, Ireland/Seamie Heffernan)

Hardwicke Stakes winner at Royal Ascot and good third behind Enable and Ulysses in King George there next time. Place claims on that form but needs to put disappointing effort in Grade 1 at Saratoga behind him.

8. DSCHINGIS SECRET (Markus Klug, Germany/Adie de Vries)

Much improved this year, landing first Group 1 success in Grosser Preis von Berlin by length from Hawkbill. Made it four out of five for year when beating Cloth of Stars by length and a half in Prix Foy over C&D last time. Not to be underestimated, particularly if ground came up testing.

9. SATONO DIAMOND (Yasutoshi Ikee, Japan/Christophe-Patrice Lemaire)

High-class form in Japan where successful in equivalent of St Leger last year before beating top older horses in Arima Kinen. Didn't meet expectations when only fourth in Prix Foy over C&D last time, shaping as though needing first run since April. Something to prove now for trainer who went close with Orfevre.

10. SATONO NOBLESSE (Yasuotshi Ikee, Japan/Yuga Kawada)

Winner of Group 3s in Japan but only in as pacemaker for stable-companion, as when last in Prix Foy earlier in month.

11. IQUITOS (Hans-Jurgen Groschel, Germany/Andrasch Starke)

Gained second Group 1 success in Germany at Munich in July, though had been no match for Dschingis Secret in Group 2 at Hamburg time before and foiled in attempt to win Grosser Preis von Baden for second year running last time. Stiff task.

12. ORDER OF ST GEORGE (Aidan O'Brien, Ireland/Donnacha O'Brien)

The best stayer around on his day as he showed again when running away with the Irish St Leger for the second time in his career. Coped surprisingly well with greater test of speed when just over three lengths third to stable-companion Found in this last year under good ride from Frankie Dettori. Place chances again, enhanced if conditions put the emphasis more on stamina this year.

13. SEVENTH HEAVEN (Aidan O'Brien, Ireland/Pat Smullen)

Irish/Yorkshire Oaks winner last year, beating Found at York. Easily landed odds in uncompetitive Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket in May but not seen again until running poorly on soft ground at the Curragh earlier this month.

14. BRAMETOT (Jean-Claude Rouget, France/Cristian Demuro)

Won six of first seven starts, including Poule d'Essai des Poulains and Prix du Jockey Club by narrow margins. Very slowly away and never got competitive in Prix Guillaume d'Ornano at Deauville last time but reportedly treated for a back problem since then. Should stay this trip, but stiffest task yet even if last time was just a blip.

15. CAPRI (Aidan O'Brien, Ireland/Wayne Lordan)

Progressed all year, and followed Irish Derby victory with another determined success in good-quality St Leger. Stays well and has right attitude but asking a lot to be first to complete St Leger-Arc double in same year little more than fortnight apart.

16. PLUMATIC (Andre Fabre, France/Maxime Guyon)

Top pedigree/connections but only a maiden win to his name in four starts. Best race when beaten nose in Prix du Prince d'Orange at Maisons-Laffitte last time and thrown back in deep end again here (finished last in Prix du Jockey Club).

17. ENABLE (John Gosden/Frankie Dettori)

Standout middle-distance filly this year. All four Group 1 wins gained with ease, best effort when staying on strongly in soft ground to beat Ulysses in King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot in July. Routed own sex again in Yorkshire Oaks last time, as she had done earlier in Oaks and (on firm ground) Irish Oaks. The one to beat in what's been a good race for fillies lately, only worry being possibility that arduous summer campaign might have left its mark.

18. WINTER (Aidan O'Brien, Ireland/Ryan Moore)

Excuses last time but hard to fault completing Group 1 four-timer against her own sex before that, starting in 1000 Guineas. Saw out testing 10f in Nassau Stakes but some doubts about her getting any further given dam was a sprinter.

Timeform Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe 1-2-3

1. Enable
2. Ulysses
3. Winter

Timeform Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Analyst's Verdict
Top-class filly ENABLE has fared well with the draw and ought to be capable of crowning a terrific season here. She proved far too good for Ulysses on soft ground at Ascot and is taken to confirm the form, for all that Ulysses could get closer if conditions don't deteriorate. Dual Guineas winner Winter, who saw out a testing 1¼m well in the Nassau, steps up further in trip here and looks a major player if her stamina reserves last out. Prix Foy winner Dschingis Secret looks best of the rest.


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