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Andre Fabre: trainer is bidding for a record eighth Arc win on Sunday

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Sparkling Masterstroke delights connections

GODOLPHIN'S Masterstroke is in "sparkling form" for Sunday's Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, a race his master trainer Andre Fabre is bidding to win for a record eighth time.

The son of Monsun - a general 12-1 chance for the Longchamp spectacular - secured his biggest win in the Group 2 Grand Prix de Deauville last time and connections are optimistic of a decent effort, despite his draw in stall 17.

"Masterstroke has enjoyed a good preparation and soft ground will suit him well - the softer the better for him," said Godolphin's racing manager Simon Crisford.

"He is a improving three-year-old colt who has progressed very well throughout the season. He has been extremely consistent and we hope that he can continue to go forward."

Crisford, quoted on Godolphin's website, added: "Masterstroke is drawn in stall 17, which is not great, but he is in sparkling form."

Only one horse in the last ten years - Dalakhani in 2003 - has defied a double-figure draw to win the Arc. 

Masterstroke will be ridden by Mickael Barzalona, whose big-race triumphs include the Derby, Dubai World Cup and St Leger.

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