Sport Horse Racing

Sunday 22 October 2017

Luck of Arc draw smiles on Ballydoyle

Camelot has emerged as clear favourite for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp after faring far better than market rival Orfevre in the draw for stalls positions.

Aidan O'Brien's dual Derby winner has been heavily supported since Frankie Dettori was booked for the mount, taking over from the trainer's son Joseph, who is unable to make the weight of 8st 11lb.

He was already disputing top spot in the market with Orfevre before the draw was made and, after he drew stall five, with the Japanese superstar widest of all in stall 18, Camelot took over as outright favourite.

Coral trimmed the son of 1999 Arc hero Montjeu to 5/2 from 11/4, while Orfevre is out to 7/2 from 3/1.

Dettori rode Scorpion to win the 2005 St Leger, the last time he teamed up with O'Brien, and is excited about the prospect of riding Camelot this weekend.

"If you are going to judge him, judge the horse more on his Guineas and Derby runs, which were very impressive," Dettori stated. "The Arc will be his cup of tea."

St Nicholas Abbey -- which will be ridden by Joseph -- is in stall 10, while O'Brien also saddles expected pacemakers Robin Hood (stall 12) and Ernest Hemingway (stall four).

The Michael Stoute-trained Sea Moon will be ridden by Ryan Moore after he reported no problems on his comeback from injury at Ascot yesterday.

The former champion jockey has two rides at Newmarket today, The Gold Cheongsam and Burke's Rock for Jeremy Noseda, before his date in Paris.

Alain de Royer-Dupre has a very strong hand with last year's runner-up Shareta as well as the supplemented Bayrir, while Andre Fabre, the most successful trainer in Arc history having saddled seven previous winners, holds the Godolphin-owned Masterstroke and multiple Group One winner Meandre.

Irish Independent

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