French Derby hero Ace Impact is the clear favourite ahead of the coveted Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp this weekend — and he may have the most unusual profile of any Arc favourite ever seen. CLICK FOR FULL STARSPORTS.BET MARKET
It’s been quite a rapid rise through the ranks for the son of Cracksman, who didn’t hit the racecourse at all as a two-year-old and made his debut during a low-key meeting at Cagnes-Sur-Mer in January this year.
The Arc will represent the biggest challenge of Ace Impact’s career so far — and the furthest distance the colt has run over when he will bid to be the first Arc winner since 1990 to have not previously tackled a mile and a half.
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Most noticeable however, is his unbeaten record, very few get this far at the top level without at least one blemish on their record. He is a general
chance to extend that stellar sequence in Paris on Sunday. Ace Impact is in good company though with both Zarkava (2008) & Treve (2013) maintaining their unbeaten records following Arc glory.
It’s easy to see why Jean-Claude Rouget is confident, but Ace Impact isn’t the only runner with serious trends to overcome. This side of the channel we have Hukum (pictured below), who is
to become the first ever six-year-old ever to win the Arc and Westover
, who will have to overcome the burden of stall 1, which has produced just one winner since the turn of the century. St Leger winner Continuous
, faces a quick two-week turnaround in his bid to become the first horse to win the St Leger and Arc in the same year.
From a trading perspective, Bay Bridge at
is currently our worst result, having laid 50/1 before his September Stakes win at Kempton a few weeks ago, a race that Enable famously won in 2018 before going on to retain the Arc.
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We are expecting a good spread of business on the day, in what appears to be a very competitive renewal and we are also firing up our Split Second offer on the race: