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Can Ulysses spring a shock against Arc favourite Enable?

| 26.09.2017

We’re less than a week away from Europe’s most prestigious flat-race, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly.

The 96-year-old race for thoroughbreds aged three or over can claim some star-studded winners in its history.

Golden Horn, Sea the Stars and Treve have all won this renewal in the past decade.

And if the odds are anything to go by it won’t be long before wonder-filly Enable joins that illustrious list.

Josh Gosden’s star is already as short as 8/11 to land the Arc, in from 7/4 two months ago.

Anyone who took those odds back in July will be counting their blessings now.

The son of Nathaniel already has four Oaks’ successes to her name and has been in imperious form this season.

After Cracksman was ruled out, it looks as though it will fall to 6/1 shot Ulysses to lay down the main challenge.

Sir Michael Stoute’s charge has been in magnificent form.

He claimed the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown in July before landing the Juddmonte International Stakes at York on his last appearance.

However, defeat to Enable in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes will count against him.

Brametot is next up at 10/1. The French-raider is proven over course and distance and is a tasty punt at longer odds. But defeat to Eminent at Deauville last time out counts against him.

Order of St George has a huge bank of experience in top-level company to call upon. He finished third in this renewal behind stablemate Found and his form this year has been solid. There’s a lot to like about the 10/1 shot.

Dschingis Secret is a regular winner on the continent. The four-year-old landed the Group 1 Prix Foy at Chantilly last time out and has plenty of further black type to his name. A lively contender at 12/1.

Winter is a multiple winner in Group company and has to be respected at 12/1. She’s a dual-Guineas winner but will be stepping up in trip if entered here.

Highland Reel finished second in the Arc last year and is 14/1 to go one better this time around. Can the son of Galileo become the first five-year-old since Marienbard in 2002 to win this renewal?

Capri, Satono Diamond and Zarak all come in at 14s. Of that bunch we fancy French-raider Zarak to cause the most problems.

Latest Ladbrokes Betting:

2017 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

Enable– 8/11

Ulysses – 6/1

Brametot – 10/1

Order of St George – 10/1

Dschingis Secret – 12/1

Winter – 12/1

Highland Reel – 14/1

Capri – 14/1

Satono Diamond – 14/1

Zarak – 14/1

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Nick Murphy

Nick is a graduate of the UEA where he doubled up as the sports editor of the student newspaper. He supports Dagenham & Redbridge and previously edited the matchday programme at Victoria Road. Darts and Horse Racing are among his other favourite sports.