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Ectot Favored On Eve of Prix De l’Arc

Ectot Favored On Eve of Prix De l’Arc

05.10.2014, by Jim
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The Kentucky Derby is the biggest horse race in the United States. In most of the rest of the world–particularly Europe–it’s the Prix De l’Arc which will be run Sunday at Longchamp race track in Paris. The race is run over a mile and a half on a turf course and it’s not an understatement to suggest that the winner immediately becomes a superstar. Twenty horses are entered in the 2014 Prix De l’Arc.

Last year’s winner, Treve, is in the field this year but after a disappointing 2014 season not much is thought of her chances. Simply put, she just doesn’t look like the same horse that won the 2013 Prix De l’Arc. She is getting a fair amount of respect in the Prix De l’Arc betting market, however, and she’s currently one of four horses available at 8/1. Her connections say she’s on an ‘upswing’ but there hasn’t been anything tangible to suggest that’s the case.

Taghrooda was the favorite in Prix De l’Arc betting for much of the past two months but she’s slipped to second favorite at 6/1. Female horses have won this race for the past three years and Taghrooda will get a massive weight concession due to her age and gender. She drew post 15 which is not considered a particularly favorable starting slot. Her stock sank somewhat after a defeat in her last race–the only race in five starts she didn’t win–as Tapestry beat her in the Yorkshire Oaks. Tapestry is also in the Prix De l’Arc field priced at 11/1.

The favorite on the eve of the Prix De l’Arc is Ectot who has been victorious in his last six races. He has three victories in prep races at Longchamp (Prix Niel, Prix de Fountainbleu, Prix de Chenes). Only raced twice during his three year old campaign. Has a middle gate position which is considered advantageous and will be looking to become the first male horse in the past three years to win the Prix De l’Arc.

The weather might cooperate and provide partly cloudy skies for the race. It’s been raining all weekend and is expected to rain for much of the week. The only day with partly cloudy skies forecast in that period will be on race day.

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