Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
- Date – Sunday October 7th 2018
- Location – Longchamps, Paris, France
- Distance – 2,400m / 1½ miles
- Surface – Turf
- Purse – 5,000,000 Euro
After two years of extensive renovations when the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe was held at Chantilly the five million Euro race this year makes a return to its traditional home of Longchamp just outside Paris where it’s expected to draw huge crowds to watch the race almost universally referred to as “The Arc”. There’s already massive speculation about last year’s winner repeating the feat and if you fancy a bet on Enable, you’ll not be alone in that instinctive urge.
Quite a few people who like to bet on sports in France will likewise be eyeing the available odds on sites like Unibet and deciding that at the prices on offer a bet on Enable is their best chance at boosting their bankroll, however there are plenty of other strong contenders in the field and over that 2,400m course (that’s about a mile and half) anything can happen, especially as the horse that came second last year, Cloth of Stars, is back again this time and at odds to make you drool.
Could Cloth Of Stars Beat Those 40/1 Odds To Win?
Cloth of Stars gets a whopping 40/1 at various bookies like Unibet and at that price an each-way punt seems all but mandatory, however for slightly more sensible wagers there’s always Sea of Class which gets around 9/2 and has won its last four races, each over further than a mile, making it perhaps the biggest threat to that bet on Enable, well, it might, if it weren’t for Cracksman being touted at around 7/1 who’ll be on the hunt for revenge after that loss at Ascot this summer.
Of course if you’re going to take advantage of French gambling laws and back someone to win the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe there’s no point playing it safe, that’s not what “The Arc” is all about, so to tempt you away from that bet on Enable there’s the four year-old Waldgeist at 8/1, a horse that’s won its last four races too, the most recent of them at Longchamps over a mile and four furlongs, now that has to be worth a wager, right? If not, there’s always the longshots.
Bet On Enable To Win The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe At Unibet
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe 2018
- Lar Ti Dar – 20/1
- Kitesurf – 20/1
- Roaring Lion – 20/1
- Forever Together – 16/1
- Kew Gardens – 16/1
- Poets Word – 16/1
- Crystal Ocean – 12/1
- Waldgeist – 8/1
- Cracksman – 7/1
- Sea of Class – 9/2
- Enable – 6/5
Why bet on Enable at the short odds being offered by bookies like Unibet when you can get Stradivarius or Study of Man at 25/1, Roaring Lion or Kitesurf at 20/1 or even Kew Gardens or Poets Word at around 16/1? After all, their names are far more interesting. Magic Wand could possibly beat those 33/1 odds it’s garnering, as could Wootton or Amedeo Modigliani beat their 50/1 price, however it does seem just a trifle unlikely given the strength of those front runners.
If you’re French gambling news of the world going mad will merely be a temporary phase like the Rocaille style’s passage into history at the end of the 18th century you can get The Pentagon at 66/1 at sites like Unibet (although you’d need to be as insane as the US military to take them up on it) or Elarqam at the same price, a horse who has failed so often it’s fortunate not to be cat food right now, however if you’re less given to outright insanity, stick with that bet on Enable.