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Longchamp Tips - Top tips on Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe day
- Tips and predictions at Longchamp racecourse on Sunday 2nd October
- The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe headlines the card at Longchamp
- Six Group One races will take place on Sunday
- Shartash, Above The Curve and Tenebrism feature in our selections
Longchamp racecourse. (Getty)
20 of the world's finest flat racers will enter the stalls at Longchamp on Sunday, ahead of the 2022 renewal of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
Europe's richest flat race is one of six Group Ones to be run on Sunday. We've taken a look through the full card at Longchamp and picked out our best betting tips on Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe day.
Longchamp Tips - Sunday 2nd October
Race 1 - Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere Tips
The one I like most in this weak renewal of the Lagardere is SHARTASH, who beat dual-Group One winner Blackbeard in a Group Two earlier in the season, before a third-place finish behind Little Big Bear in the Phoenix Stakes.
Johnny Murtagh stepped Shartash up to seven furlongs for the first time in the National Stakes and Ben Coen's mount ran well to finish third. Having proved he can see out this trip on soft ground, I expect Coen will give his mount a patient ride and try to sweep home with a late burst of speed.
Race 2 - Prix Marcel Boussac Tips
Habana E/W1:50pm Longchamp Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac - Criterium des Pouliches (Group 1) 1mGET 9/1 HERE
Four talented French fillies bring winning form into this Group One. Never Ending Story and Aspen Grove fly the flag for Ireland, with British contenders Breege and Dandy Alys making up a truly international field.
At an each-way price, I'm going to take a punt on the German raider, HABANA. Andreas Wohler's Kingman filly bolted up on debut at Cologne and looked a class above her rivals when landing a seven-furlong Group Three on soft ground at Baden-Baden. Eduardo Pedroza's mount should have no trouble seeing out a mile and he's drawn perfectly to stalk the pacesetters in stall three.
Race 3 - Arc Tips
Read our full guide to the 2022 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe to find out who we've backed in the main event at Longchamp on Sunday.
If you want to watch this famous race via your mobile or tablet, then check out our Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Live Stream page.
Race 4 - Prix de l'Opera Tips
If the opening two Group Ones on Sunday's card looked a little substandard, this renewal of the Opera is excellent. Form lines from the Oaks, Prix de Diane and the Prix Saint-Alary will come together and siding with a three-year-old is clearly the way to go, given 14 of the last 20 renewals of this Group One have been won by the Classic generation.
Like in the Arc, a wide draw is a clear negative. Nashwa and La Parisienne could both have their work cut out from stalls 13 and 15 respectively. Oaks winner Tuesday, who hasn't been in great form since that win at Epsom, has also landed a tricky draw in stall 16. ABOVE THE CURVE, on the other hand, has been placed kindly in stall five and Joseph O'Brien's filly could claim her second Group One win on French soil.
Above The Curve ran out an impressive winner of the Alary earlier in the season. Despite Kevin Blake - racing manager for O'Brien - claiming their returning filly would need the run, and a Group One winner's penalty to contend with, Ryan Moore's mount came through to beat Insinuendo and La Petite Coco in the Blandford Stakes three weeks ago.
That run should set O'Brien's stable star up perfectly a tilt at this huge prize. Another big performance from Above The Curve is expected.
Race 5 - Abbaye Tips
Nunthorpe runner-up, The Platinum Queen will bid to become the first two-year-old to win the Abbaye since Freddy Head struck with Sigy in 1978. However, Battaash is the only favourite we've seen win this competitive sprint in the last 15 years so, despite Richard Fahey's filly landing a favourable low draw, I'd rather back someone at a longer price.
I'd be surprised if MOONIESTA didn't improve for that run in the Flying Five. Jack Davison's filly was making her first start since a narrow defeat in the Sapphire Stakes back in July, and finished the race like she needed the run. Mooniesta has shown throughout her career that she's capable of challenging in high-profile sprints and Wayne Lordan's mount has handled very soft ground well in the past.
Last year's fourth, MO CELITA looks worthy of an each-way punt too, considering she's languishing amongst the also-rans near the bottom of the betting. Adrian Nicholls' filly is yet to win this season, but she returns to Longchamp racecourse on the back of two solid placed efforts in Listed company and she'll relish the extra cut in the ground. 33/1 seems too big.
Race 6 - Prix de la Foret Tips
Tenebrism5:00pm Longchamp Qatar Prix de la Foret Presente par Education Above All (Group 1) 7fGET 9/2 HERE
Aidan O'Brien's persistence in running TENEBRISM over a mile is hard to understand. Although her dam, Immortal Verse won the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, Tenebrism comes from a sprinting family and last year's Cheveley Park winner never looked like she was begging to be stepped up in distance.
To her credit, Tenebrism has run some solid races over a mile, placing in the Prix Rothschild and the Matron Stakes. On her only previous start over seven furlongs in the Prix Jean Prat, Ryan Moore's mount ran out an impressive winner, comfortably seeing off Light Infantry - who was then only beaten a head by Inspiral in the Jacques le Marois next time out - by over a length.
Tenebrism boasts winning form soft ground and she's bred to handle this sort of surface. Kinross is greatly respected, but on this occasion, I'll be siding with Tenebrism.
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