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Longchamp Tips - Every Group One race covered on Arc day

  • Tips for day two of the Arc meeting at Longchamp on Sunday 3rd October
  • The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe headlines the card at Longchamp
  • Viewers also have five further Group Ones to enjoy on Sunday
  • Ancient Rome, Joan Of Arc and Glass Slippers feature amongst our tips
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Tom Eaves riding Glass Slippers (C) to victory in the Prix De L'abbaye De Longchamp Longines in 2019. (Getty)
Jon Vine 02 Oct 2021
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One of the biggest days on the flat raxing calendar is upon us, as Longchamp prepares to crown the winner of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Along with that famous contest, viewers have five further Group Ones to enjoy, with three of those being shown live on ITV Racing.

We've looked through the fields for all six of Sunday's Group Ones and picked out our best betting tips.
    Table Of Contents
  • Longchamp Tips - Sunday 3rd October
  • Race 1 - Prix Marcel Boussac Tips
  • Race 2 - Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere Tips
  • Race 3 - Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Tips
  • Race 4 - Prix de l'Opera Tips
  • Race 5 - Prix de l'Abbaye Tips
  • Race 6 - Prix de la Foret Tips

Longchamp Tips - Sunday 3rd October

Race 1 - Prix Marcel Boussac Tips

In the build-up to this year's Arc meeting, Andre Fabre said Raclette could be one of the best he's ever trainer. Very high praise indeed. He also said that he probably wouldn't run Raclette if the ground become too soft, and the going on Sunday will likely be very soft or heavy, so I'd be surprised if Fabre didn't save the favourite for the Fillies' Mile at Newmarket.

Even if Raclette does run, I'd still rather take a punt on ACER ALLEY, who came through to win the Prix La Rochette last time out. Olivier Peslier's mount needed just a hands-and-heels ride to win on heavy ground second time out, and seemed to have a little left up her sleeve when winning that Group Three. She looks a solid each-way option.

Race 2 - Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere Tips

Having swerved Fabre's runners in the opener, I'm firmly in his camp here, as ANCIENT ROME looks like the one to beat in this historic contest.

Following a narrow defeat on debut, Mickael Barzalona's mount has racked up a hat-trick of wins. Ancient Rome made all to win twice at Deauville, once on heavy and once on good ground. On both occasions, when challengers presented themselves, Ancient Rome kicked on again to claim a pair of very comfortable victories.

Barzalona allowed his mount to be given a lead in the Prix des Chanes last time out, but once Ancient Rome hit the front, the result was never in doubt. Dropping back to a mile shouldn't be a bother for this hardy colt. He'll take some passing.

Race 3 - Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Tips

Read our full guide to the 2021 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe to see which two runners we're siding with in Europe's richest flat race.

If you plan on watching any of Sunday's racing from Longchamp, then check out our Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Live Stream page.

Race 4 - Prix de l'Opera Tips

Joan Of Arc E/W3:50pm Longchamp Prix de l'Opera Longines (Group 1) 1m2fGET 9/1 HERE
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11 of the last 15 editions of the Opera have been won by three-year-olds. There's only ever been one five-year-old winner of this Group One too, which has to be a negative against current favourite, Audarya and Frankie Dettori's mount, Grand Glory.

The most attractive option for me is JOAN OF ARC, who picked off Sibila Spain to win the Prix de Diane earlier in the season. Aidan O'Brien's filly was then backed into favouritism for the Nassau Stakes, but was forced to make her own running and was passed by Lady Bowthorpe in the closing stages.

You can put a line through her run in the Prix Vermeille, where she simply didn't stay 12 furlongs. She'll be much more comfortable back over this distance, especially if she doesn't have to make the running, and Joan Of Arc has some useful form on heavy ground this season to bolster her claims.

Race 5 - Prix de l'Abbaye Tips

The obvious selection here is GLASS SLIPPERS, who won the Abbaye in 2019 and was narrowly beaten into second by Wooded when attempting to defend her crown 12 months ago.

Glass Slippers has only run twice this season. On her reappearance at Goodwood, Tom Eave's mount was slowly away and hit traffic at a crucial stage, but still managed to find her way into the places. Glass Slippers then hit the front with a furlong to travel in the Flying Five Stakes, but seemed to hang towards the rail that day and was relegated to third on the run to the line.

Kevin Ryan's stable star loves running in France, especially during the autumn when the ground is nice and juicy. At 9/2, Glass Slippers represents excellent value.

Race 6 - Prix de la Foret Tips

Pearls Galore E/W5:00pm Longchamp Qatar Prix de la Foret (Group 1) 7fGET 10/1 HERE
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As usual, this year's Foret looks ultra-competitive on paper. The one who stands out at an each-way price is Paddy Twomey's stable star, PEARLS GALORE, who was trained by Freddy Head before moving over to Ireland.

Pearls Galore has won two Group Threes over seven furlongs this season. Following a dominant performance in the Brownstown Stakes, Billy Lee's mount then strode clear in taking fashion to carry a penalty to victory in the Fairy Bridge.

Twomey then threw his four-year-old into Group One company for the first time at Leopardstown, where Pearls Galore came within a neck of beating No Speak Alexander in the Matron Stakes. On her only previous start on heavy ground, Pearls Galore was narrowly beaten by a future Group One winner in Champers Elysees, so I have no fears regarding the ground. She could go well at a decent price.

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