#QatarArcRoad: And they’re off!


Wednesday 15th May 2019, France Galop validated the entries for the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe 2019 (Group 1), which will be held on Sunday 6th October at ParisLongchamp. Eighty-one horses have been entered in the race, once again elected best race in the world in 2018. And this year it should once again be a great show! Here are the main horses entered.

ENABLE for a first-time ever triple win
Enable will try to make history in this Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Trained by John Gosden and defending the colours of Prince Khalid Abdullah, she is the double title holder, after dominating the race in 2017 and winning last year, despite an interrupted preparation. Injured during the spring of 2018, Enable had only run once before the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe but despite that, she managed to win. Enable will try to be the first horse to write her name for a third time on the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe roll of honour. The last horse to have attempted that challenge was the champion mare Trêve. But in 2015, having won in 2013 and 2014, she could only finish fourth. So the task is very difficult… But impossible is not Enable!
SEA OF CLASS, like her father and grand-mother
Last year, at three years old, Sea of Class finished second in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. While she was defeated, the William Haggas-trained filly produced a finishing effort for the ages, as she passed the whole field to fail by only a short head behind Enable. Since that day, all racing fans have dreamt of seeing Enable and Sea of Class face each other again in the world’s biggest race. Sea of Class carries the Sunderland Holdings silks, which represents the Tsui family. These colours have already shone twice in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe: in 2009, with Sea the Stars, sire of Sea of Class, and in 1993 with Urban Sea, who is herself the dam of Sea the Stars… It really is a family affair!
WALDGEIST wants his revenge!
Trained in France by André Fabre, Waldgeist impressed on his return in the Prix Ganay (Group 1) on the 28th April 2019 over the 2,100m of ParisLongchamp. Waldgeist took part in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 2018, finishing fourth. On that occasion he was defeated by Enable and Sea of Class but his connections can dream of revenge. At five years old, Waldgeist looks stronger than ever and can make these ladies tremble!
PERSIAN KING, the best “young” horse
Persian King was, in 2018, the best 2yo trained in France. He has confirmed himself in 2019, and is currently the best 3yo trained in France, having just won The Emirates Poule d’Essai des Poulains (Group 1) on Sunday 12th May 2019 at ParisLongchamp. The race over a mile and is the first classic race of the season in France. Now, Persian King will try to take home the Qipco Prix du Jockey Club (Group 1), on the 2nd June 2019 at Chantilly. If he succeeds, he will have definitively established his supremacy over the generation of horses born in 2015.
Persian King has shown himself to be an extraordinary colt: tall, powerful, and possessing both a very long stride and a great turn of foot. Persian King is trained at Chantilly by André Fabre and defends the colours of Godolphin and Ballymore Thoroughbred (Diane Wildenstein).

SATURNALIA, for the honor of Japan
Saturnalia is one of the seven Japanese horses entered in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe 2019. In Japan, the Arc is considered as the holy grail of horse races. The Japanese have not won the race yet and, in 2019, their main hope could well be a 3yo colt called Saturnalia. He still has a long way to go before he participates in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe but this race has been in the mind of his connections since the end of December 2018, when Saturnalia was only a two-year-old. To win his ticket for ParisLongchamp, Saturnalia will have to win the Japanese Derby (Group 1), on the 26th May 2019 at Tokyo racecourse.
# Horse (Sex/Age) Owner Trainer
1 Amur (C4) Adelresort M. Snackers
2 Matchwinner (H8) Adelresort M. Snackers
3 Elwazir (C4) Hamdan Al Maktoum O. Burrows
4 French King (C4) Sheikh A. Bin Khalifa Al Thani Ha. Pantall
5 Salouen (H5) Hiran Balasuriya S. Kirk
6 Capri (H5) D.Smith/Mrs J.Magnier/M.Tabor A. O'Brien
7 Kew Gardens (C4) D.Smith/Mrs J.Magnier/M.Tabor A. O'Brien
8 Study Of Man (C4) Flaxman Stables Ireland L.T.D P. Bary (S)
9 Waldgeist (H5) Gestut Ammerland/Newsells Park A. Fabre (S)
10 Benbatl (H5) Godolphin S. Bin Suroor
11 Best Solution (H5) Godolphin S. Bin Suroor
12 Ghaiyyath (C4) Godolphin C. Appleby
13 Masar (C4) Godolphin C. Appleby
14 Old Persian (C4) Godolphin C. Appleby
15 Kiseki (H5) Mme Tatsue Ishikawa K. Sumii
16 Silverwave (H7) Martin S. Schwartz Racing F. Vermeulen (S)
17 Flag of Honour (C4) Mme Magnier/M.Tabor/D.Smith A. O'Brien
18 Stradivarius (H5) Bjorn E. Nielsen J. Gosden
19 Crystal Ocean (H5) Sir Evelyn de Rothschild Sir M. Stoute
20 Blast Onepiece (C4) Silk Racing Co. Ltd M. Otake
21 Fierement (C4) Sunday Racing Co. Ltd T. Tezuka
22 Nagano Gold (H5) Syndikat V3j V. Luka
23 Folamour (C4) Wertheimer & Frère A. Fabre (S)
24 Latrobe (C4) Lloyd J. Williams J. O'Brien
25 Enable (M5) Khalid Abdullah J. Gosden
26 Ligne d'Or (F4) Ballymore Thoroughbred Ltd A. Fabre (S)
27 Magical (F4) D.Smith/Mrs J.Magnier/M.Tabor A. O'Brien
28 Coronet (M5) Denford Stud J. Gosden
29 Morgan Le Faye (M5) Godolphin Snc A. Fabre (S)
30 Musis Amica (F4) Godolphin Snc A. Fabre (S)
31 Lah Ti Dar (F4) Lord Lloyd Webber J. Gosden
32 Magic Wand (F4) M.Tabor/D.Smith/Mrs J.Magnier A. O'brien
33 Sea Of Class (F4) Sunderland Holding Inc. W. Haggas
34 Kasaman (C3) S.A. Aga Khan M. Delzangles
35 Zarkallani (C3) S.A. Aga Khan A. de Royer Dupré
36 Dubai Warrior (C3) Sheikh M. Bin Khalifa Al Maltoum J. Gosden
37 Motamarris (C3) Hamdan Al Maktoum F. Head (S)
38 Technician (C3) David Caddy M. Meade
39 Saturnalia (C3) U. Carrot Farm K. Sumii
40 Japan (C3) D.Smith/Mrs J.Magnier/M.Tabor A. O'Brien
41 Mohawk (C3) D.Smith/Mrs J.Magnier/M.Tabor A. O'Brien
42 Norway (C3) D.Smith/Mrs J.Magnier/M.Tabor A. O'Brien
43 Circus Maximus (C3) Flaxman/Magnier/Tabor/Smith A. O'Brien
44 Mount Everest (C3) Flaxman/Magnier/Tabor/Smith A. O'Brien
45 So Chivalry (C3) Gestüt Schlenderhan J.-P. Carvalho
46 Line Of Duty (C3) Godolphin C. Appleby
47 Royal Marine (C3) Godolphin S. Bin Suroor
48 Royal Meeting (C3) Godolphin S. Bin Suroor
49 Khagan (C3) Godolphin Snc A. Fabre (S)
50 Roman Candle (C3) Godolphin Snc A. Fabre (S)
51 Persian King (C3) Godolphin Snc/Ballymore Tb Ltd A. Fabre (S)
52 Roger Barows (C3) Hirotsugu Inokuma K. Sumii
53 Too Darn Hot (C3) Lord Lloyd Webber J. Gosden
54 Ballet Russe (C3) M. Tabor/D. Smith/Mrs J. Magnier A. Fabre (S)
55 Broome (C3) M.Tabor/D.Smith/Mrs J.Magnier A. O'Brien
56 Anthony Van Dyck (C3) Mrs Magnier/M.Tabor/D.Smith A. O'Brien
57 Cape Of Good Hope (C3) Mrs Magnier/M.Tabor/D.Smith A. O'Brien
58 Sir Dragonet (C3) Mrs Magnier/M.Tabor/D.Smith A. O'Brien
59 Dschingis First (C3) Horst Pudwill M. Klug
60 Magna Grecia (C3) Smith/Magnier/Tabor/Flaxman S. A. O'Brien
61 Lion Lion (C3) Mme Chiyono Terada M. Matsunaga
62 Flop Shot (C3) Wertheimer & Frère A. Fabre (S)
63 Slalom (C3) Wertheimer & Frère A. Fabre (S)
64 Starmaniac (C3) Wertheimer & Frère C. Laffon-Parias
65 Sottsass (C3) White Birch Farm J.-C. Rouget (S)
66 Surfman (C3) Peter L. Winkworth R. Varian
67 Dariyza (F3) S.A. Aga Khan A. de Royer Dupré
68 Shamiyla (F3) S.A. Aga Khan A. de Royer Dupré
69 Siyarafina (F3) H.H. Aga Khan A.de Royer Dupré
70 Maqsad (F3) Hamdan Al Maktoum W. Haggas
71 Pink Dogwood (F3) D.Smith/Mrs J.Magnier/M.Tabor A. O'Brien
72 Cartiem (F3) Sarl Ecurie J.L. Tepper J.-C. Rouget (S)
73 Mehdaayih (F3) Emirates Park Pty Ltd J. Gosden
74 No One (F3) Yoshinori Fujita K. Sasada
75 Phoceene (F3) Le Haras de la Gousserie F. Rossi
76 Secret Walk (F3) M. Tabor/Mrs J. Magnier/D. Smith A. Fabre (S)
77 Hermosa (F3) M.Tabor/D.Smith/Mrs J.Magnier A. O'Brien
78 Amarena (F3) Stall Lucky Owner H. Grewe
79 Sea Of Faith (F3) Sunderland Holding Inc. W. Haggas
80 Wonderment (F3) Mme Stella Thayer N. Clément (S)
81 Platane (F3) Wertheimer & Frère C. Laffon-Parias

More information on the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe 2019 as from tomorrow!