The lowdown on an intriguing day as Arc hopes top bill at Deauville
Unless it is Royal Ascot there are not many Tuesdays when the racing is good enough to draw the champion racehorse of Europe into action. Today is an exception.
Almanzor, the brilliant winner of the Prix du Jockey Club, Irish Champion Stakes and Champion Stakes, has not been sighted since he beat Arc winner found at Ascot last October.
He returns to the fray in Deauville's Group 3 Prix Gontaut-Biron ready to finally gets his 2017 campaign under way. He is not the only star on show in France as stablemate Brametot, this year's Prix du Jockey Club winner, tackles the Prix Guillaume d'Ornano, which also features Eminent.
The domestic offering is not too shabby either with Chelmsford staging two £50,000 handicaps on its evening card. That follows afternoon racing at Thirsk and Ffos Las while Nottingham hosts the other late fixture.
Ffos Las: Heavy, soft in places (GoingStick 5.4)
Thirsk: Good (GoingStick 8.0)(Rail movements: R1 & 6 +30y and R3 & 7 +40y)
Nottingham: Good to soft, good in places (GoingStick 7.2)
2.15 Ffos Las: Topmeup (13-2 from 15-2)
4.15 Ffos Las: Russian Regard (15-2 from 11-1)
7.25 Nottingham: Operative (9-2 from 11-2)
What's on today
Expect a shake-up in the markets for a number of big races, especially the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe depending on how Almanzor and Brametot perform at Deauville.
Rab Havlin heads to BHA headquarters in London to ask a disciplinary panel not to reciprocate the drug ban imposed by France-Galop which has prevented him riding during the Flat turf season.
What to back
Richard Birch leads our tipping team on Tuesday and has picked four selections (Members' Club), while Jack Haynes has highlighted a dark horse, eyecatcher and stat worth noting in our daily column The Punt.
What to read
Before attention is turned to Deauville, Almanzor and Brametot's trainer Jean-Clauge Rouget shares his latest thoughts on the challenges they face, while Martyn Meade sees Eminent's latest run as a mission to conjure a decent performance out of the highly tried Frankel colt.
There will be significant change to the conditions of Group and Grade 1 events with the BHA announcing a minimum rating requirement for the top races.
What to watch
The weekend features include the Hungerford and Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury which are previewed by the team in this week's Postcast.
The best of Racing Post Sport
There is Champions League action tonight and Mark Langdon predicts the likely outcome of Liverpool's first leg playoff against Hoffenheim.
The pick of the domestic action comes from the Sky Bet Championship and Steve Davies takes a look at the match bewteen Brentford and Bristol City.
How is Jean-Claude Rouget going to campaign Almanzor and Brametot should they both win today? The Irish Champion, Champion and Arc are options for both horses, but will they meet?