Pricewise has already plotted his ante-post Arc Masterstroke
Masterstroke has already shortened to 12/1 to win the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in October after being put up as Pricewise’s ante-post tip for the race.
Despite failing to finish outside of the top two in his six career starts to date, it would certainly be a masterstroke from trainer Andre Fabre if the horse did win the Arc.
His chances were sufficiently boosted in France recently, when landing a Group Two contest at Deauville, finishing quickly to pip Gatewood on the line.
The level of this victory is massively inferior to what will be needed to win the Arc, but quickly improving three-year-old runners have been worth siding with in the Arc in the past nine years.
Dylan Thomas in 2007 was the only winner in this period from a different age group, which does not bode well for last year’s Arc winner Danedream or fellow 4-1 ante-post joint favourite Orfevre.
Tom Segal believes that Masterstroke is capable of more than he showed at Deauville, while he could be most at home of the whole field if conditions are soft in the Arc.
Furthermore, the last two three-year-old horses that have been trained by Fabre to triumph in the Grand Prix de Deauville have gone on to finish in the each-way places in the Arc.
Meanwhile, no trainer knows what is required to saddle an Arc winner any more than Fabre, who is the most successful in the history of the race with seven triumphs.
Fabre currently has six horses among the Arc entries, although Albion, Golden Lilac and Waldlerche are doubtful runners, leaving Masterstroke, Meandre and Last Train as his seemingly more likely runners.
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