‘The rain has come just in time’
Fifth in last years’ Arc, I fancy Raabihah to at least reach the frame for last year’s winning connections of Jean-Claude Rouget and Cristian Demuro.
She was a shade disappointing in three starts to open 2021, but she got things back on track with a dominant victory in a Deauville Group 2 last time, relishing a return to twelve furlongs.
She remains totally unexposed over this trip and the rain has come just in time, as she’ll relish the softer surface. She’ll have to do things the hard way, but the race should play out to suit her closing style and when those up front start to falter, she’ll be staying on best of all. – Owen Goulding
‘Tarnawa wins the Arc, it’s that simple’
If she runs her best race and has a clear untroubled run, Tarnawa wins the Arc, it’s that simple folks. And I would absolutely love to see the gentleman that is Dermot Weld win the race this year too. He deserves it.
The five-year-old Shamardal mare went unbeaten in 2020, winning three Group 1s in the process including two here at Longchamp. Course form can be a huge asset and she has that in bucketloads.
Ground won’t be a problem as she won G1s here on both heavy and good to firm last term. She rounded off her campaign last year with victory in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.
There was no disgrace in losing to St Mark’s Basilica in the Irish Champion Stakes this month. She was badly hampered by the winner who has since been retired and O’Brien went on record stating he was arguably Ballydoyle’s best ever horse. Bold statement.
Tarnawa had the perfect prep for this race and Soumillon can steer her to victory sporting the famous silks of Aga Khan. – Adrian Wall
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