Montjeu for Longchamp lesson
Saturday 09 September 2000
The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe trials meeting tomorrow is a card which, like so many at Longchamp, the Parisian
turfistes treat with contempt by their non-appearance. Serious form students cannot make the same mistake.
The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe trials meeting tomorrow is a card which, like so many at Longchamp, the Parisian turfistes treat with contempt by their non-appearance. Serious form students cannot make the same mistake.
There may be few spectators in the stands, but on the track clues will be fluttering like confetti. History says that the Arc winner is likely to be on show and the ante-post market suggests the trend will continue.
Six of the last 10 Arc winners have emerged from the rehearsals three weeks before the big day, a figure which should be improved in this the reign of Montjeu.
Last year's Arc winner and the victor in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot this season takes in the Group Two Prix Foy rather than the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown this afternoon. This preference comes because Montjeu has recently suffered a slight setback, but unless he emerges with a leg missing tomorrow his winning run should be extended.
The four-year-old faces just three rivals, one of whom is his pacemaker Stop By. John Gosden's Commander Collins is at least assured of some easily earned place money.
The Prix Vermeille has attracted an array of the leading fillies, including Love Divine, Henry Cecil's Oaks winner, and Egyptband, who won the French equivalent, the Prix de Diane. Godolphin's Melikah, the runner-up at Epsom, is also in the field.
It is, however, the Prix Niel which deserves the closest scrutiny as it has fallen to four of the last six Arc winners, including Montjeu 12 months ago. If he is to succumb next month, this is a rare stick with which to beat him.
Foremost among the field for the Niel is Sinndar, one of the few who might fell the champion. The Derby and Irish Derby winner has a pacemaker, Raypour, as he conducts his sighter in the Bois de Boulogne. John Oxx, Sinndar's trainer, has warned that his colt is not fully primed, but then he issued a similar caveat before Enzeli's victory in the Doncaster Cup on Thursday.
* Sunday Grandstand on BBC2 will show the Prix Foy live and recordings of the Prix Vermeille and Prix Foy.
Latest in Sport
Radamel Falcao exclusive: Forward says joining Manchester United is a 'dream come true'
Transfer deadline day: The best memes and tweets, featuring Radamel Falcao, Javier Hernandez and Bart Simpson
Radamel Falcao analysis: Manchester United have signed a top talent yet to hit his stride
Danny Welbeck signs for Arsenal: Gunners confirm signing of striker from Manchester United
Radamel Falcao to Manchester United: Louis van Gaal takes transfer spend beyond £140m - SIXTH most of any Premier league manager
- 2 Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb
- 3 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
- 4 Cee Lo Green: It is only rape if the victim is conscious
- 5 Nigerian witch-finder Helen Ukpabio threatens legal action against human rights organisations
Rotherham child sex abuse scandal: Labour Home Office to be probed over what Tony Blair's government knew - and when
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Ashya King: Parents of five-year-old boy refused permission to visit him in hospital and denied bail at Spanish court
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
Ashya King: 'Cruel NHS has not given us the treatment we need', says father of five-year-old with brain tumour who fled to Spain
£8 per hour: Randstad Education Leeds: The Job Nursery Nurse Leeds We are now ...
£55000 - £65000 per annum: Harrington Starr: A Global Financial Service Organi...
£60000 - £70000 per annum: Harrington Starr: A prestigious leading professiona...
£40000 - £50000 per annum: Harrington Starr: A Global Financial Service Organi...