Forecast Now Calls for Light Rain in France

Because of a change in the weather forecast to light rain, the watering of the Longchamp course has ceased, but track officials still hope to get good ground for the Oct. 4 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I).


According to The Racing Post, clerk of the course Christian Delporte listed the course as of Sept. 29 as good to firm.


The skies are supposed to cloud up Oct. 1, with a slight chance of rain, after which the temperatures will drop Oct. 2, followed by patches of rain the day before the Arc and on race day.


Despite the possibility of a maximum 20-horse field for the Arc, Sea the Stars’ odds are actually going down with most of the bookmakers, and he remains a heavy favorite, with William Hill offering him at 4-6.


Khalid Abdullah’s Spanish Moon, winner of the Prix Foy (Fr-II) and Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (Fr-I) is unlikely to run in the Arc, as Ballymacoll has decided to go with their King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (Eng-I) winner Conduit. Spanish Moon instead will be pointed for either the Breeders’ Cup or races in Japan or Hong Kong.


One trainer who will be watching the weather closely is Michael Bell, who is hoping for rain for his English Oaks (Eng-I) and Irish Oaks (Ire-I) winner Sariska. If the course remains on the good to firm side, Sariska will be withdrawn from the Arc and point for either the Champion Stakes (Eng-I) or Canadian International (gr. IT).