Prior to the start of one of the most anticipated days of the entire Flat season at Longchamp, a card headlined by the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, rain did arrive but quickly dissipated (3.05).

On Sunday morning, the track’s conditions were described as soft, good to soft in some spots, and additional rain is not expected to pose a significant threat to Alpinista’s connections as she attempts to win the Arc for the eighth time in a row. Alpinista is now a joint favourite with Ladbrokes and Coral.

The Sir Mark Prescott-trained mare is competing against Luxembourg, the Irish Champion Stakes winner who is also available at a general 9-2, in the market to become the first British horse to win the Group 1 since Enable in 2018.
A victory for Alpinista, according to Nicola McGeady of Ladbrokes, could be costly for the bookies.

She said: “We thought Alpinista would be the public horse and that is very much the case this morning and she now stands out as the worst result in the book.

“She has proved more popular than the favourite and is closing the gap quickly.

“Each-way punters are getting plenty of bang for their buck with Mishriff at 25-1, while shop punters have been taken by Torquator Tasso.”

With Al Hakeem, who is now a general 11-1 shot after receiving a lot of early-morning support, Jean-Claude Rouget, who trained 2020 Arc winner Sottsass, has a chance.

Coral’s John Hill said: “Al Hakeem is the late mover in the Arc betting. Jean-Claude Rouget’s runner has been well backed since the draw was made and the three-year-colt is proving the best each-way alternative to the runners at the top of the market.

“We are seeing an equal spread of interest in the top five horses in the betting, which reflects the open nature of the race.”

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