A Closer Look at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

The 2019 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe was raced to a thrilling conclusion on Sunday 6 October at Longchamp and it will go down in the history books as a memorable renewal, not least of all because of the betting upset that accompanied the winner.

All the talk pre-race focussed on the quest of Enable who was seeking a place in the history books as the greatest horse to ever win one of the greatest horse races in Europe. The superstar five-year-old filly trained by John Gosden was entrusted to the capable hands of the world’s greatest jockey Frankie Dettori.

The bookies had her picked as a 4/6 favourite and, given the quality of this race and the competitors, that’s as close to nailed on as you’re likely to see this year. More than a fair share of punters seemed to agree, and they rushed out to have their hard-earned cash down on the jolly. Enable was in big stake singles and several multiples going into the thick of Sunday afternoon but it was to be an afternoon of horror for favourite backers.

Enable Failed to Live Up to the Hype

In the end, Enable wasn’t good enough to live up to expectations and had to make do with what was a painful silver medal, finishing just shy of two lengths behind eventual champion Waldgeist. The winning margin ensured there were no arguments or excuses made on the day as to why Enable didn’t do the job, she was simply beaten by a better runner on that day.

Waldgeist is trained by the famous Fabre who certainly knows a thing or two about winning major horse races in this part of the world. Jockey Boudot sat in the saddle and seemed quietly confident heading to post, the team knowing they had a much better chance than the bookmakers were giving them credit for. All the money pre-race was being piled on Enable and that allowed traders to push out the odds of just about every other runner.

When the race started and the crowd cheered the 2019 renewal of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Waldgeist went off as a 16/1 supposed no-hoper in the betting. The five-year-old colt certainly didn’t run like a horse carrying double-figure odds and it became obvious very early the underdog had enough bite to see him hold his own.

Enable Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

Ryan Moore Back in Fourth with Japan

Waldgeist won the race by 1 ¾ lengths ahead of runner up and odds-on SP favourite Enable. Sottsass rounded off the major places when landing third at odds of 8/1 for Rouget and Demuro. The bronze medallist was another 1 ¾ lengths behind the second in what was a spread-out finish as the champion sprinted to the line, opening up a gap.

6/1 shot Japan was back in fourth and some bookmakers paid out each-way on Aidan O’Brien’s hopeful that was ridden by Ryan Moore. The fourth certainly didn’t do anything wrong that day but was beaten for pace when push came to shove at the business end of this one mile three furlongs spectacle boasting a dozen runners.

The prize money was divided up as follows and we can see from these numbers why the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is the richest race in European horse racing…

1st €3,150,000.00

2nd €1,000,000.00

3rd €500,000.00

4th €350,000.00

5th €121,806.00

6th €72,691.00

Winner Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

The final result read as follows






Soft Light


Nagano Gold

French King


Blast Onepiece


The forecast paid £27.31 and the tricast returned £106.56