2018 Prix de I'Arc de Triomphe: Enable to reclaim World's Best Racehorse title with repeat Arc win

The Prix de I'Arc de Triomphe runs at Longchamp on October 7
Enable is seeking consecutive Arc wins. (THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)

2018 Prix de I'Arc de Triomphe Tips & Betting Predictions


The Prix de I'Arc de Triomphe is one of the biggest and most prestigious thoroughbred races in the world and the best stayers will be in action at Longchamp on October 7.

Enable headlines the ante-post field, which mostly consists of Royal Ascot-performed runners and punters are getting great odds for a handful of runners. Enable will be tough to beat but the likes of Cracksman, Poet's Word and Crystal Ocean will have something to say.

Prix de I'Arc de Triomphe Best Bet - Enable


The John Gosden-trained filly ended her 2017 campaign with six consecutive wins which saw her rating rise through the roof. Considered as one of the best thoroughbreds in the world (barring Australia's Winx), Enable could make her claim by winning the 2018 Prix de I'Arc de Triomphe in October.

Her recent wins have come by significant margins, which included a 2.5-length win in the 2017 Prix de I'Arc de Triomphe. Prior to that she was a five-length winner in the Yorkshire Oaks and her rise through the grades was truly remarkable last year. How she has come back in 2018 is a mystery but punters should get a good look at her in the International Stakes at York.

6.00 on offer from bookmakers is a good price and her odds will only drop if she continues to perform at the high level.

Prix de I'Arc de Triomphe Best Each Way - Cracksman


Followers of Cracksman might have been disheartened with his performance for second in the Group 1 Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot behind Poet's Word but he's better suited over the longer distances. He scored a win in the Coronation Cup prior which is a better form guide for this.

Also trained by John Gosden, the four-year-old is a winner of seven from 10 starts and his form includes a seven-length win over Poet's Word in the Champion Stakes. It was wins like that which suggested that he could be the next superstar in world racing and we're prepared to forgive his recent run at Ascot.

Stick with Cracksman at the 8.00 price.

Prix de I'Arc de Triomphe Best Roughie - Waldgeist


Andre Fabre lines up the locally-trained runner which could provide value at 17.00. The four-year-old by Galileo has had two runs at Longchamp in the past, winning most recently in the Group 3 Prix d'Hedouville in May.

He has since won the Group 1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud and wins like that are going to take him close to the world's best in the Prix de I'Arc de Triomphe.

Best Bet: Enable @ 6.00
Best Each Way: Cracksman @ 8.00
Best Roughie: Waldgeist @ 17.00
Bill Rosenthal 30 July 2018

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