The going has softened ahead of Sunday’s top class Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Adayar and Tarnawa have been overtaken by Hurricane Lane at the top of the betting
Hurricane Lane is firmly on course to start favourite for the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe after a soggy night in Paris.
The deluge of rain has turned the Longchamp ground heavy, with 23mm the official total for the past 24 hours.
Charlie Appleby’s colt, originally behind stablemate Adayar in the betting, is the new market leader for the big race with several firms.
Paddy Power are offering odds of 11-4 about the previous six-length winner on very soft ground at the track, in the Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris.
Paddy Power spokesman Paul Binfield said: “Hurricane Lane was popular last week coming in from 6-1 at one time to 4-1 after the draw and the fact that he’s proven on heavy ground and is guaranteed to stay the trip means he’s coming in for further support and could even go off favourite.”
Forecasters suggest around 6mm of rain will hit the track during the day.
A fresh strip of ground has been saved for the prestigious card and three races will be run on it before the feature (3.05).
Saturday’s programme at the venue was staged on very soft ground and it featured four winners for the British team.
Real World, Trueshan and Loving Dream raced to victory in three consecutive races, before Dubai Honour became one of eight winners on the afternoon for trainer William Haggas.
Trueshan, without regular rider Hollie Doyle who was serving a ban, relished the going in the Group 1 Qatar Prix du Cadran.
In the hands of James Doyle, he forged clear from fans’ favourite Stradivarius to win by four-and-a-half lengths.
The owner of the second, Bjorn Nielsen, will take time to decide whether to run his top stayer again.
“I don’t know about next year. I’ve got to speak to John and Thady and see what they think,” he said.
“He’s been going a long time and was so dominant in 2018, 2019 and 2020. Age will get to you eventually and he is obviously not as dominant as he once was. You have to think about it and relax and take it all in.
“There are a few studs interested and I haven’t made a decision because his career has been ongoing. I haven’t finalised where he’s going, but I would like to see him stay in England.
“I don’t want him to be like an old boxer who still thinks he can carry on. I don’t want to say ‘yeah we’ll carry on, he’s running well and we’ve got excuses because of the ground’. At some stage you have to draw stumps and say ‘he isn’t what he was’.
“I’m not saying that’s where we are today, but that day is going to come for every horse and it is obviously getting closer.”