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There are 16 going to post for the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe on Sunday with the favourite Zarkava getting the number one birth but this could be more of a negative for the French Filly as she will be held up and may have a bunch of horses in front of her at the business end of the race. She will probably have to do what she did in the Prix Vermeille to win on Sunday.

Those looking in the record books will know only to well that you have to go back to Three Troikas in 1979 to find the last winner of this trial to go onto win the Arc. However, those who saw this race can only be impressed as Zarkava put up an astonishing performance to stretch her unbeaten record to six, posting by far the quickest time of the trials in the process, and setting a new race record at the same time.

Coming into this race there had been doubts about whether she would stay this extra trip, and as this trial unfolded where she missed the start she was still last of the 12 turning in, she had no trouble at all in running wide and picking up her rivals and in the end was eased down as they crossed the line.

So are there any in the field of 16 who could upset the party for Zarkava? one does not have to look to far with Aidan O’Brien coming into the race double handed with two quality horse in Duke Of Marmalade and Soldier in Fortune who are almost joint second favourite in the Arc De Triomphe Betting. The man with the hardest job is jockey Johnny Murtagh as he has to choose between the two. Aidan O’Brien described the Duke after his King George win as "a rare racehorse". Soldier of Fortune also has a top chance following his win in the Juddmonte and it shall be interesting to see who Johnny selects on the day. Our Arc De Triomphe Tips can be viewed free when you check out this excellent Arc de Triomphe site.

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