Arc de Triomphe: Adayar and Tarnawa co-favorites

Horse Racing Radar
Frisco Bash
Frisco Bash is a Staff writer for Horse Racing Radar
Wednesday, September 29, 2021

H.H. Aga Khan's TARNAWA, and Godolphin's ADAYAR are both 5-2 in the latest 2021 Arc odds. They're clear-cut leaders in the betting pools while SNOWFALL and HURRICANE LANE are next at 5-1 and 6-1, respectively. 

ADAYAR, winner of the 2021 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1), and trainee of Charlie Appleby, climbed up in favoritism after jockey William Buick elected to ride him over stablemate HURRICANE LANE. Both horses were piloted by Buick leading up to the Arc. 

ADAYAR is a three-year-old son of FRANKEL out of ANNA SALAI by DUBAWI. He enters Sunday's Arc off of two consecutive Grade 1 victories. The most impressive of the two was perhaps his bout with 2021 Saudi Cup (G1) winner MISHRIFF. The replay is shown below. It was a thrilling stretch duel but ADAYAR pulled through, becoming the first Epsom Derby champ since GALILEO to win the King George Stakes.


One thing to note: ADAYAR had a setback in his preparation for the Arc. He had to miss two workouts, Appleby told Skysports. Nevertheless, he was pleased with ADAYAR on Sunday when Buick worked him. Buick was said to have been "very happy" with it.

As for TARNAWA, the 2020 Breeder's Cup Turf (G1) winner, she is the 5-2 co-favorite and looks ready for a big effort. She'll be making her third start of the year, competing at a distance she loves. Let's have a look at her 2021 timeline leading up to the Arc.

TARNAWA won her 2021 debut in August against a softer Grade 3 group. With that under her belt, she entered the Irish Champion Stakes (G1) and collided with ST. MARK'S BASILICA, who defeated her. Visibly, TARNAWA looked great albeit finishing second. She was motoring down the lane, and if she wasn't bothered by ST. MARK'S BASILICA's drifting, she might've even won. On Sunday, she gets a whole 12 furlongs to produce that brilliant late kick of hers. The replay of the Irish Champion Stakes is shown below:


A 5-year-old mare by SHAMARDAL out of TARANA by CAPE CROSS, she hails from the Dermot K. Weld stable and seeks her third Grade 1 win. She'll be a force to deal with as they quicken for home.

The Prix De l'Arc de Triomphe (G1) is scheduled to run Sunday October 3rd, at Paris, Longchamp. You can tune and catch the race at 10:05 AM ET. It's a 1 1/2 mile event on turf, for three-year-olds and upward.

Prominent among the other Arc entries are: SNOWFALL (5-1), HURRICANE LANE (6-1), CHRONO GENESIS (10-1), TEONA (16-1), DEEP BOND (20-1), LOVE (20-1).

SNOWFALL from the Aiden O'Brien barn is an interesting case here. She was the heavy favorite to win the Prix Vermeille (G1) last time out, after achieving three consecutive Grade 1 wins at 12 furlongs, but she came up short and finished second. TEONA defeated her that day and is also entered the race. The replay of the Prix Vermeille is shown below:


HURRICANE LANE is the other Godolphin entrant and is no slouch! He's a big striding chestnut by FRANKEL who enters with three consecutive Grade 1 wins as well. His most recent win, the English St. Leger (G1) is shown below: 


Sunday Racing Co. Ltd.'s CHRONO GENESIS is the Japanese hope for trainer TAKASHI SAITO. She's a 5-year-old mare by BAGO out of CHRONOLOGIST by KUROFUNE. When she ran against MISHRIFF in the Dubai Sheema Classic (G1), she was actually bet to 2-1 that day, and chased MISHRIFF down the lane to finish a decent second. It was a great effort overall; she finished ahead of WALTON STREET, the recent winner of the Canadian International, as well as CHANNEL MAKER, the accomplished U.S. multi-Grade 1 winning turf specialist. Well, CHRONO GENESIS's runner-up effort in the Dubai Sheema proved she can ship and perform at a high level. She was given three month's rest after that race and came back to win the Takarazuka Kinen (G1) convincingly. She'll have to fire big off of a three-month layoff but she's got the talent to be in the front line charging to the wire. 

Source: Telegraph.UK, Horse Racing Nation


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