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Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe - Part 4

In this part, I look at some of the horses who aren't as well known, but who may well cause a surprise on the day.

In Swoop

This years German Derby winner has slipped under the radar somewhat. His win in Germany was all about guts and determination as he came from off the pace to get up on the line. The Graffard team have done well to give him a light campaign and he has come a long way in a relatively short space of time since his maiden win at Lyon in May.

His 2nd to Mogul in the Grand Prix De Paris can be upgraded, as the winner got the perfect run up the inside, whereas In Swoop was forced to come around runners and was closing on the run-in. On ratings, In Swoop has a lot to find, but he is unexposed, has improved with each run and he will definitely handle the softer going. At this stage he represents some very decent value.

Way to Paris

An improving 7-year-old. A rarity in modern racing, but Way to Paris has had his best campaign in 2020. He has got his Group 1 win, taking the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud in June. He is an admirable horse and fair play to connections for having a go. However, he was a tired 5th in the Prix Foy and was well beaten behind Enable in the 2018 Arc. 2 years on, it is hard to see him figuring at the age of 7.


I can’t resist putting this in, maybe it’s because I have stared at this race for too long, but at 200/1 in places and 100/1 generally, Chachnak is overpriced. He has quietly gone about his business this season, picking up two Group 3 wins in the Prix De Guiche and the Prix Du Prince D’orange. That form, where he has beaten some quality horses, Hurricane Cloud and Dawn Intello to name a few, makes him at least worthy of a place in this field. He was well beaten in the Prix Du Jockey Club, but that was messy race and he was always in the wrong place. He is a smooth traveller, who should handle both the trip and the going, as he showed when winning here on 6th September. Now obviously, he has got a lot of improvement to find and he is 100/1 for a reason, but he is worth a look nonetheless and could outrun his odds.


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