The one-and-a-half-mile Group One contest was first run in 1920, and since then many of the greats of flat racing have claimed this illustrious title, including Mill Reef, Sea The Stars, Alleged and Treve.
But who will be victorious this time out? Let’s take a look…
Enable favourite for third Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe success
This year, all eyes will be on the John Gosden trained, Enable, who will be attempting to become the first runner in the race’s history to win a hat-trick of Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe victories. Despite the feat having never been done before, she looks set to go off as the 8/11 odds-on favourite with William Hill.
Last five Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winners
- 2014 – Treve
- 2015 – Golden Horn
- 2016 – Found
- 2017 – Enable
- 2018 – Enable
Previous dual Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winners
- 1921, 1922 – Ksar
- 1930, 1932 – Motrico
- 1936, 1937 – Corrida
- 1950, 1951 – Tantieme
- 1955, 1956 – Ribot
- 1977, 1978 – Alleged
- 2013, 2014 – Treve
- 2017, 2018 – Enable
Enable’s last two Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe wins
In 2017, when the race was run at Chantilly, Enable landed her first Prix de l’Arc by two-and-a-half-lengths ahead of Cloth Of Stars, and when the race moved to the famous Parisian venue of Longchamp, Enable was able to defend her crown with a short-neck win, defeating the William Haggas trained Sea Of Class.
Last year’s win was despite just one seasonal appearance beforehand at Kempton, and her being, in John Gosden’s own words, only 80% fit. Gosden’s stable star is sure to be primed this time, having enjoyed an uninterrupted campaign, so it will take a brave person to bet against the favourite this year. Frankie Dettori was on board for her previous two wins and will once again be in the saddle this time.
Her routine victory in the Group One Yorkshire Oaks at the Ebor Festival in August extended her incredible run to 12 successive wins, but although clearly the class horse in the field, she will still have to run well to win a third Arc, which has never been done before, and beat another strong field.
Can Japan deny a record-breaking effort?
Aidan O’Brien’s hopes of winning the title might be second-favourite, Japan, currently at 5/1 with William Hill, who powered clear at Royal Ascot to beat some decent rivals to win the King Edward VI Stakes. That impressive performance was followed up with a debut win in France when landing the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp, before a 100-yard win of the Juddmonte International Stakes at York.