Our resident tipster has nominated four horses that could light up Sunday's Arc undercard.
Clearly Treve’s bid for a third successive Arc is the highlight in Paris on Sunday, but the Longchamp undercard is not to be sniffed at and the following four horses might even help you take a few Euros off the bookmakers.
PLEASACH (Prix de l’Opera) @ 5/1 Coral
This looks a strong renewal with a number of high-class fillies taking each other on, but the Jim Bolger-trained filly cut prove a cut her rivals. The winner of the Irish 1000 Guineas back in May, she’s continued to run well since and added another Group 1 to her CV when beating the reopposing Covert Love in the Yorkshire Oaks. Bolger nominated this race as her target immediately after and she lost nothing in defeat when fourth behind Golden Horn in last month’s Irish Champions Stakes, proving she is just good over this trip. With the prospect of a big field, confidence would be increased by a single-figure draw.
SON CESIO (Prix de l’Abbaye) @ 33/1 Coral
Michael Dods’ Nunthorpe winner Mecca’s Angel is clear favourite with bookmakers and few would disagree that she’s one of the fastest sprinters in Europe right now. However, she’s definitely better when she can get her toe in and, if the weather forecast is right, she might not have her conditions on Sunday. In which case she might not even run and that uncertainty makes this a race to attack ante post with some big prices on offer for horses with genuine chances. The standout of these is the 33/1 on offer for Alex Pantall’s colt, who went down to the start for last year’s Abbaye only to be withdrawn after being kicked by another horse. This season he’s tasted success at Group level and while that came over 6f, he’s looked better over the minimum trip (121 record) and when able to chase a fast pace. That looks a given here and with the likelihood he will get his favoured good ground, it’s not hard to see him out running his huge odds.
LIMATO (Prix de La Foret) @ 15/8 William Hill
Granted a single-figure draw, I rate this horse as the bet of the day and he could go off very short on the pari-mutuel once the many British racegoers that travel over have lumped on. Unbeaten in four runs over 6f as a juvenile, he showed he could mix it with the very best sprinters when chasing home Muhaarar in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot, but it was his performance in a competitive Group 2 at Doncaster on his first attempt over 7f that made him look special and an ideal type for this Group 1. The high cruising speed and instant acceleration he demonstrated there to extricate himself from behind a wall of horses and win going away was breathtaking and will stand him in good stead for this race as he will most likely have to come from behind again. His propensity to go to sleep in the stalls is less of a worry over this longer trip and I can just see him cruising in behind the leaders in the home straight, before putting the race to sleep with his devastating turn of foot in the final furlong.
BATHYRON (Prix du Cadran) @ 7/1 William Hill
Bookmakers make the German-trained Alex My Boy favourite for this marathon Group 1, but both his recent wins have come on very soft ground and that might not be the case on Sunday, with a drying week forecast. One horse who likes to hear his hooves rattle is this home-trained runner and he goes well at Longchamp too, finishing a close second in last year’s Cadran and second again in a Group 2 back here in July. In between he finished a highly respectable fifth in the Ascot Gold Cup and he can be forgiven a stone-last defeat in the Prix Foy last time on account of soft ground and the trip being well short of his best. Conditions should be perfect for him on Sunday and he looks an each-way bet to nothing at the current UK odds.