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Torquator Tasso (Other Side): Won the Arc last season by odds of 72-1
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Torquator Tasso (Other Side): Won the Arc last season by odds of 72-1

Torquator Tasso (Other Side): Won the Arc last season by odds of 72-1

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By James Stevens

Frankie Dettori and Torquator Tasso must break a 45-year-old hoodoo to retain Sunday’s Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe after standing in stable 18 at the end of a nightmare draw.

The final field and draw were announced Thursday and last year’s winner faced the tricky challenge of emulating the first of Alleged’s two arc wins in 1977 to retain the prize. In 2012, Orfevre could get to his neck from the same goal, but the German-trained runner has drifted in bets for his arc defense after allocation.

Dettori will partner with Torquator Tasso and Connections can at least draw inspiration from his memorable Arc win at the Golden Horn in 2014, where he overcame stable 14.

Meanwhile, the draw was more favorable for leading contenders Alpinista, Westover and Luxembourg and they will line up side by side in pits six, seven and eight for Sunday’s €5m contest.

Vadeni and defending champions were aided in betting after being assigned stands two and ten.

John and Thady Gosden’s two representatives were unlucky with their seats as Mostahdaf and Mishriff will come from stands 16 and 17 respectively.

Mishriff, joined for the first time by William Buick, drifted to 28-1 (from 20) with bet365 but assistant coach Thady Gosden was optimistic about the three-time Group 1 winners’ chances.

“Obviously we went further than ideal, but as we’ve already seen, it’s possible to get a good enough position with a bit of luck. We just have to see how they break,” he said .

“Mishriff descended from the Irish Champion [Stakes] in good shape. The ground at Leopardstown was just a little sticky and held for him. Some rain is due at Longchamp but hopefully they won’t get as much as previous years and it won’t be too soft or too sticky.

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Mishriff: Faced with a difficult draw

Mishriff: Faced with a difficult draw

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“He’s a speedy horse and the Longchamp mile and a half should suit him.

Gosden added of Mostahdaf’s 50-1 chance: “He took the race by the horns when he won the September stakes and he accelerated pretty smartly. Wouldn’t want the bottom to go too deep but seems in good shape. The Arc has always been a consideration and he is a horse that improves all year round.”

Japan’s leading defending champion hope is expected to win the race and come out of pit ten, while William Haggas-trained Alenquer will occupy the same pit 12 that Torquator Tasso emerged from 12 months ago before surprising 72-1.

Much like last year’s winner, Alenquer is one of the underdogs of the 20 runners who made it on Thursday – La Parisienne, True Testament and Le Destrier didn’t make it – but jockey Tom Marquand was hoping he could top an overall price of 100-1 .

The jockey said: “It’s not the best draw in 12 and it’s not the worst. If you’re too low and not breaking as well as you’d like it can be a nightmare, so I think it gives us a few options.

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Tom Marquand and Alenquer will have to brave the odds on Sunday

Tom Marquand and Alenquer will have to brave the odds on Sunday

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“He wants soft ground and it looks like he wants a mile and a half long. His run at the Arc last year was more than respectable and he went on to win a Group 1 on soft ground. If he would bring his A game, hopefully he can be competitive.

“His best form was probably on wet, soft ground and if there’s a big rain patch that would suit us. It’s a sticky floor that he doesn’t want.”

1 mixed reef (17) William Buick
2 Torquator Tasso (18) Frankie Dettori
3 Mare Australis (19) Bauyrzhan Murzabayev
4 seaway (fifteen) Michael Barzalona
5 Alenquer (12) Tom Marquard
6 deep bond (5) Yuga Kawada
7 Broome (14) Wayne Lordan
8th stay stupid (20) Christopher Lemaire
9 Mostahdaf (16) Jim Crowley
10 Mendocino (1) Rene Piechulek
11 defending champion (10) Kazuo Yokoyama
12 bubble gift (13) Oliver Peslier
13 Great Fame (9) Maxim Guyon
14 alpinist (6) Luke Morris
fifteen Vadeni (2) Christopher Soumillon
16 Al Hakeem (4) Christian Demuro
17 onesto (11) Stephane Pasquier
18 west end (7) Rob Hornby
19 make two (3) take Yutaka
20 Luxembourg (8th) Ryan Moore

It’s a shame Baaeed isn’t taking up this challenge, but that leaves the door open for another Superstar Vadeni fits the bill. He looked real when he won the Prix du Jockey Club by five lengths in June and showed he can keep up with the best older horses by following closely four weeks later in the Coral-Eclipse.

Trained by Jean-Claude Rouget, the colt had to settle for third place behind Luxembourg at Leopardstown recently, but he didn’t have a clean run and looked like the run would do him good. He should be at the peak of his fitness now and this new journey promises to fit.
Stuart Redding, tipster

This content was first published in Wednesday’s Racing Post Weekender. Read more each week from Stuart and celebrity Weekender contributors like leading tipsters Tom Segal and Paul Kealy and exclusive columnist Ed Walker.

Sky bet: Luxembourg 7-2, Alpinista 11-2, Vadeni 7, Torquator Tasso 15-2, defending champion 8, Westover 9, Onesto 10, 22 bar

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