Odds makers have installed UK trained Postponed as the 3/1 favorite to land the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in October, as racing and bookies line up the prices and freebets offers for a terrific International racing events around the world.
The Arc itself will be staged in Chantilly this year, as usual venue Longchamp undergoes some upgrades. The one thing we know about Chantilly is that the draw will be very important so before having a bet, it could pay to exercise some patience until the field and draws are announced in full.
The Aga Khan always targets the Arc with his best horses and his English and Irish Derby winner Harzard is an interesting 10/1 chance for Chantilly. He had excuses for a flat display in the Irish Champion Stakes last time out, but the Arc has been his long term target since the early season and it’s easy enough to forgive one poor run. The race is, as usual, developing into an intriguing and world class middle-distance race and we can’t wait to see who emerges victorious.
Elsewhere, the Melbourne Cup on November 1st is firmly in view now and as things stand, UK and Irish trained horses have a grip on the top of the market. Michael Bell’s Big Orange is set to make the trip down under and is just about the market leader, while Aidan O’Brien could send Bondi Beach and Wicklow Brave, also fancied, to Melbourne with a tilt at “the race that stops a nation”. Whatever the current look of the market, you can be sure the Aussie home defense will come into view in the coming weeks as barrier trials and big trial races get underway.
A few days later, the 2016 Breeders Cup will be in full swing at Santa Anita, where the now legendary California Chrome looks to retain his Breeders’ Cup Classic crown and build on his incredibly impressive success in the Dubai World Cup earlier in the year. A host of the world’s finest racehorses will be on show for America’s showcase meeting and we can’t wait to see how it all plays out once a