Reflections on the 2022 Arc de Triomphe and Jump Racing Season
October 24, 2022
The Armchair Ante-Post podcast host and columnist Ed Quigley has given his take on the 2022 Arc de Triomphe and jump racing season. The Irishman is one of the most respected voices in racing and continues to provide enthusiasts worldwide with great insights into the events. Let’s take a closer look at his take on these events.
According to Ed, Roger Varian, an accomplished British racehorse trainer, achieved notable success on September 17th. His two-year-old colt, Sakheer, pulled off a great performance to win the Mill Reef Stakes. Varian felt that the Middle Par Stakes would be too soon for the performer but stated that the Dewhurst stakes race would be a good alternative since it’s in October. The trainer is confident that Sakheer’s charge will get around 7 furlongs to a mile.
Already installed as Dewhurst’s 3/1 favourite, it’ll be great if he performs well there, raising questions about him moving forward. Looking ahead, 12/1 is still available in the 2023 2000 Guinea Stakes, and it’ll be interesting to see whether he has what it takes to go that far. He might end up having sprint trips as his forte, which would then make him more suitable for events like the Commonwealth Cup. The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is less than a week away and is supposed to be one of the most exciting events of the year.
Unfortunately, what seemed to be a great renewal might not be. Baaeed, a favourite British Thoroughbred, won’t be in this year’s race. Last season’s Derby hero, a Charle Appleby-trained colt, Adayar, may take on the British Thoroughbred at the Ascot racecourse. Vadeni also stands no chance with connections pouring cold water on his chances following an Irish Champion Stakes defeat.
Luxembourg seems capable, though, as he powers into 4/1 market leader status despite having posted only disappointing performances so far along dirt tracks which are not typically his strong suit! Westover seems like the forgotten horse within the lineup at 20/1. Apart from his below-average performance at King George, Westover has had an excellent campaign, including the win in the Irish Derby. Like always, the draw and ground conditions will play a significant part in the rapidly approaching feature race.
Chepstow’s opening Jumps season is less than two weeks away. As always, the crowd’s attention gradually turns towards the National Hunt racing as different teams talk about their hopes for the jumping season. The hype continues to ramp up as the Cheltenham opening fixture approaches, but who is the NAP for antepost? Who are you looking forward to seeing?
Can any competitor topple Allaho? Will an eight-year-old Shishskin bounce back? And is A Plus Tard going to defend his place? There are several exciting angles to look at as the campaign approaches.
The National Hunt developed the Cheltenham racecourse in Gloucestershire, England, in the early 19th century. The first recorded meeting took place in 1815. The course was initially designed for steeplechasing, but it has since been adapted for flat racing. It is one of the most popular racecourses in the UK, with over 20,000 people attending each year.
Cheltenham is home to many prestigious races, including the Queen Mother Champion Chase, the Gold Cup, and the World Hurdle. It is also a popular venue for betting on horse racing. In fact, it is estimated that over £ 300 million is wagered on Cheltenham races each year.
The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is a Group One flat horse race for three-year-olds and above thoroughbreds. It is run at Longchamp Racecourse in Paris, France, over 2100 meters (about 13 miles). The race was first run in 1920 and has been held at Longchamp every year since 1936. It is the most prestigious horse race in Europe, and it is often referred to as the “Everest of Horse Racing.”
The winner of the Arc de Triomphe receives a prize of €600,000. The second-place finisher receives €300,000, and the third-place finisher receives €150,000. In addition to the cash prizes, the winner of the Arc de Triomphe also receives a gold trophy.
The trophy is made of 18-karat gold and is worth approximately €12,000. On top of being one of the world’s most prestigious horse races, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is the richest turf race in Europe.
The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe was won by a German Thoroughbred racehorse called Torquator Tasso in 2021. Michael Weiss trains her.