Love: Removed from Arc due to test conditions
Love had been the longtime outpost favorite for the Arc before ground fears cleared his camp this week, with Enable using him as the market leader on Monday after 19mm of rain last weekend.
With further rains expected in Paris before Sunday, conditions look sure to be grueling, forcing O’Brien to put an end to his filly Longchamp’s aspirations at the final declaration stage.
Full card and bets for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
The absence of this year’s 1000 Guineas and Oaks winner has left Enable a 5-4 favorite against his 14 rivals, but Grimthorpe insists many threats remain and focuses his attention on the final preparations for the star formed by John Gosden.
“In the Arc, all the horses are a big concern,” he said. “Love is obviously an exceptional filly and would have been a huge danger, but we are focusing on Enable and that is our main focus. ”
Enable avoided a potentially tricky draw when stall positions were assigned on Thursday and will start from square five in a field of 15 riders, one inside her stall number when she won her second Arc in Longchamp in 2018 and inside the ninth stop, where she was beaten from last year.
The riders of the Arc 2020 in the order of their draw
1 In Swoop (Ronan Thomas)
2 Raabihah (Maxime Guyon)
3 Mogul (Ryan Moore)
4 Sottsass (Cristian Demuro)
5 Activate (Frankie Dettori)
6 Chemin de Paris (Ioritz Mendizabal)
7 Persian King (Pierre-Charles Boudot)
8 Royal Julius (Shane Foley)
9 Golden Journey (Stéphane Pasquier)
dix Sovereign (Mickael Barzalona)
11 Japon (Yutaka Take)
12 Deirdre (Jamie Spencer)
13 Chachnak (Tony Piccone)
14 Stradivarius (Olivier Peslier)
15 Serpentine (Christophe Soumillon)
What impact does the Arc draw have when the race takes place on soft ground?
Grimthorpe said: “It was a good draw, no doubt about it. This of course does not guarantee anything but it is a bit of a puzzle. ”
O’Brien – who still has four reps in the Arc with Japan, Sovereign, Mogul and Serpentine – is likely to target Love at the Breeders’ Cup Turf, ahead of possible trips to Japan and Hong Kong.
“We had to eliminate Love earlier,” he said. “We didn’t really have a choice because it would have meant a big fine if we took it that day and Ryan [Moore] couldn’t have come up with anything else.
“It’s 4.1 on the GoingStick right now and more rain is forecast for tomorrow and Saturday, so we haven’t really had a choice with it.
“Her whole year had been spent on this so it was a tough decision, but we thought we didn’t have a lot of choice at the end as we thought it could end her for the rest of her season.
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Ryan Moore to partner with Mogul at Sunday’s flagship event
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“I imagine Love will go now for the Breeders’ Cup Turf, which I think is a $ 6 million race this year. Japan and Hong Kong could be considered after that. We’ll discuss it with the guys but I imagine the Breeders’ Cup will now be the priority – it’s one of the biggest grass races in the world. ”
O’Brien added that the plan is “hopefully” to keep Love in training next year.
Ryan Moore will now partner with Mogul, who won the Paris Grand Prix last time. Mogul was drawn in the third stall on Thursday morning, the same starting point for last year’s winner, Waldgeist.
Christophe Soumillon and Serpentine will have to overcome the biggest draw of stall 15. The shock Derby winner was completed for the race for € 72,000 on Wednesday.
Elsewhere for O’Brien, Sovereign (stall ten) will be ridden by Mickael Barzalona while Yutaka Take is booked to ride in Japan (stall 11).
Stradivarius, Enable’s stablemate, is the second favorite in Love’s absence and is the only other British-trained rider in the race, but will have to overcome a large place in the 14 stall. Gosden, however, had the success of that same stall with Golden Horn in 2015 Arc.
Irish lead jockey Shane Foley will ride underdog Royal Julius – who was drawn in eighth place – for Jerome Reynier.
The German Derby In Swoop winner – which was subjected to a lot of market support in preparation for the race – pulled the stall first as leading French contenders Persian King (stall seven), Sottsass (stall four) and Raabihah (dropout two) were also reported.
Japanese raider Deirdre will come from stall 12, with Jamie Spencer on the hunt for his first Arc winner.
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Stradivarius: Will break with Arc 14 stall, the same birth that Golden Horn achieved in 2015
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