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2023 Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe preview

Perhaps not an Arc for the ages but that probably makes it more competitive than usual. Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe Group 1, no geldings, 2400m 16.05 local time, 15.05 UK, 01.05 Monday Melb/Sydney 1. Sisfahan - German-trained runner who will be happy to finish in the front half. Not won since last October. Last in the Preis von Baden recently, only piece of notable form was a second to Simca Mille in the Preis von Berlin at Hoppegarten. Not a pacemaker, will just sit back and pick off any tired ones. NFH. 2. Haya Zark - wins Group 3 races in bottomless swamps. Has neither of those criteria here. Beaten 40L by Simca Mille in the Grand Prix de Chantilly, but apparently it’s important to let camels like this run in the race rather than a gelding which might interfere with the gene pool. Has anybody that staying blood is worth FA these days? 3. Onesto - ran tenth, beaten 9L (very soft), in the race last year as a 3yo. Got closer in the Japan Cup on firmer ground, less than five length