Betting Preview: ITV Horse Racing 2nd-3rd October
Get ready for an intense weekend of racing on ITV this weekend. The headline action is one of the biggest races in the world of flat racing, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Despite Saturday’s action, all eyes will be on Enable attempting a third Arc win in the landmark race at Longchamp.
Betting on Ascot, Newmarket & The Arc
Longchamp 15:05 (Sunday)
Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Group 1)
The biggest race this weekend takes place on Sunday, as The Arc takes centre stage. A who’s who of the racing world are coming together for one of the most prestigious races of the season. Thoroughbreds aged three and over are able to run in the race.
There are no prizes for guessing who all the attention will be on this weekend. Enable will be looking for a record-breaking third success in this race. This will also be six-year-olds final race, making for an emotional day for jockey Frankie Dettori. Enable did fall short in this race last year, coming in second, but her pedigree for this distance and form this season is unquestionable. She has won her last two, with her most recent win coming in the Unibet September Stakes.
Enable is looking promising for every reason imaginable. No sport comes close to horse racing when it comes to stories, and this is the biggest story you could ever wish for. It is the romantic selection, as well as the knowledgeable one. There are two very serious threats to the story though.
Love has won three prestigious races this season, including the 1000 Guineas. The young pretender could dominate this race for years to come. Stradivarius has also found a new lease of life, winning at Royal Ascot and Goodwood this season.
Newmarket 14:45 (Saturday)
Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes (Group 1)
There is also Group 1 action from Newmarket this weekend, as the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes takes places. The race is run over one mile, and there are a host of horses that could be in contention for this one. It is open to fillies and mares aged three and over. Past winners include Sahpresa, Spinning Queen and Laurens.
This year’s field will be led by Champers Elysees, who has won her last four. J P Murtagh will be looking for a first win in the race. There will be confidence in this three-year-old, as she comes into this after winning the Group 1 Matron Stakes at Leopardstown. That was her first win over this distance though, and she has no experience at Newmarket.
Peaceful is also among the favourites, but Champers Elysees beat her in that Group 1. Terrebellum is another solid selection, with winning at Newmarket this season. Half Light for trainer H A Pantall is also an intriguing proposition having won three of her last five starts. However, whether this step up in quality is too much for the French-trained horse remains to be seen.
Ascot 15:40 (Saturday)
John Guest Racing Bengough Stakes (Group 3)
There looks to be value for gamblers in the Bengough Stakes, which is the pick of the races from Ascot on Saturday. This race is run over six furlongs and has been won by horses such as Royal Rock and Blue Point in the past.
Another past winner of this race is Cape Byron, who won last year’s instalment. The Roger Varian-trained horse will be looking to become the only horse to win this race in consecutive years. However, the six-year-old has been inconsistent in form since last year’s race, as it has only won on one occasion. This will also be Cape Bryon’s first run since October last year.
Nahaarr comes into this race after winning at Ayr last time, while Aljady has won its last two. The most recent of these wins came in the Eddie And Violet Smith Conditions Stakes.
Dakota Gold and Tabdeed are also proven horses at this distance, along with The Tin Man. However, The Tin Man’s recent form may put off some people in this race.