Competitive Fields Highlight Arc Undercard
Six top-level races, ranging from sprints to long distance, will test some of Europe’s best horses on Oct. 7 at Longchamp as part of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) undercard.
Three of those races are part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” series: the Longines Prix de l’Opera (Fr-I) for fillies and mares at 1 1/4 miles (2,000 meters, Qatar Prix de la Foret (Fr-I) for 3-year-olds and older going seven furlongs (1,400 meters), and the Parl al Emadi Enterprises Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (Fr-I) for 2-year-olds at the same distance.
The card also includes the Qatar Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp (Fr-I) for 2-year-olds and older at five furlongs (1,000 meters), the Total Prix Marcel Boussac Criterium des Pouliches (Fr-I) for 2-year-old fillies at a mile (1,600 meters), and the Prix du Cadran (Fr-I) for older runners going 2 1/2 miles (4,000 meters).
Fourteen horses are entered for the Prix de l’Opera, which provides the winner an automatic starting berth in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. IT) Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park.
The field includes Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes (Eng-I) winner Giofra, a 4-year-old Dansili filly; Barclays Bank Pretty Polly Stakes (Ire-I) winner Izzi Top, a 4-year-old Pivotal filly who was the runner-up to Snow Fairy in the Darley Prix Jean Romanet (Fr-I) last time out; 2011 Prix Vermeille (Fr-I) winner Galikova, a 4-year-old Galileo filly and a half sister to champion Goldikova. She is seeking her first win this season after a pair of third-place finishes at the highest level in
The Prix de la Foret winner will secure a place in the starting gate in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. IT) Nov. 3. Among 11 contenders for the Prix de la Foret is former Australian and European champion sprinter Starspangledbanner, a son of Choisir who is winless in two starts this season; recent Betfred Hungerford Stakes (Eng-II) winner Lethal Force, a 3-year-old by Dark Angel; and French group winners Mashoora, a 3-year-old Barathea filly, and Zantenda, a 3-year-old by Zamindar.
The Jean-Luc Lagardere, which provides the winner a starting spot in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT), also on Nov. 3, drew nine entrants.
Leading contenders include Pedro the Great, a Henrythenavigator colt who most recently captured the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes (Ire-I); Olympic Glory, a Choisir colt who has three wins and a second from four starts, including a pair of group II stakes in England; and Tha'ir, a New Approach colt seeking a breakthrough group win after winning the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp attracted 18 runners, including Darley July Cup (Eng-I) winner Mayson, a son of Invincible Spirit, and Sole Power, a 5-year-old Kyllachy gelding who has shown to be a quality sprinter since winning the 2010 Nunthorpe Stakes at 100-to-1 odds. Third in last year’s edition of the Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp, he was third in the King’s Stand Stakes (Eng-I) earlier this year at Royal Ascot.
Among ten fillies for the Marcel Boussac is Purr Along, a Mount Nelson filly who was a close runner-up to subsequent Shadwell Fillies’ Miles Stakes (Eng-I) winner Certify in the Barrett Steel May Hills Stakes (Eng-II) last month at Doncaster. French-based Alterite, a filly from the first crop of freshman sire Literato, makes her group debut after winning a stakes at Craon last month.
Kasbah Bliss, a 10-year-old Kahyasi gelding, will bid for a repeat win in the marathon Qatar Prix du Cadran.
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