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Friday, 14 December, 2018

All you need to know for Chantilly and beyond on Arc day

Enable goes for a defining Arc success at Chantilly
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Today it is all about Chantilly and the six-Group 1 card headlined by the Prix de l'Arc De Triomphe, Europe's greatest Flat race. Everything you need for Chantilly can be found here, including ground and weather news from mid-morning French time.

In Britain, racecourses at similar length to a couple of capital cities hold the fort, with Musselburgh and Epsom providing the action. 

For jumps fans, Ireland picks up the slack with a mixed card at Tipperary which, alongside the Group 3 Concorde Stakes on the Flat, provides a trio of Grade 3s dedicated to Istabraq, Like A Butterfly and Joe Mac.

Going report

Chantilly - first race 1.10

Soft (going reported at 9.00)

Tipperary - first race 1.50

Heavy Flat and chase course, soft to heavy hurdles course

Musselburgh - 2.00

Good to soft, soft in places (GoingStick 6.3 on Sunday morning)

Epsom - 2.10

Heavy, soft in places (GoingStick: 5.2 overall. In the home straight stands side 5.8, bottom side 5.9 on Sunday at 08:30)

Market movers

Musselburgh 2.00 House Edge 9-4 (from 11-4)
Chantilly 3.05 Brametot 16-1 (from 20s)
Musselburgh 3.35 See The Sun 6-4 (from 2-1)
Musselburgh 4.45 Bibliotheca 8-1 (from 10s)

What to back

It is like a Saturday on the tipping desk, and why would it not be? Pricewise has tackled the Arc and has found one with which to oppose Enable.

For non-subscribers, many of our usual tipsters have had their say at Chantilly. 

What to watch

Replace your usual Sunday morning viewing with the Arc Postcast, covering all of Chantilly.

The best of Racing Post Sport

There is plenty of Premier League action, headlined by Arsenal-Brighton.

There is also another NFL clash at Wembley, where Miami Dolphins take on New Orleans Saints.

Final thought 

Much has been made of Ryan Moore's decision to pick Winter in the Arc. Could he be, to quote a famous French footballer, playing against the idea of losing? One imagines the pain of watching the classiest horse you might have chosen go in would be slightly greater than seeing Order Of St George tough it out as you fade having travelled best.

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