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Teona and Alenquer being readied for Arc assaults

By Jon Vine
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15 Sep 2021
  • Quotes from connections ahead of the 2021 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
  • Europes richest flat race takes place at Longchamp on Sunday 3rd October
  • Teona will head to the Arc after beating Snowfall in the Prix Vermeille
  • William Haggas has also confirmed Alenquer will take his chance in the Arc
Alenquer (centre) beating Adayar (right) at Sandown earlier in the season. (Getty)
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We bring you key quotes from connections as Teona and Alenquer appear set to run in the 2021 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

British and Irish raiders already dominate the betting for Europe's richest flat race. Tarnawa rose to the head of the betting over the weekend, after Snowfall was defeated in the Prix Vermeille.

Snowfall's conquerer that day was Teona, who had finished 28-lengths behind her rival when they met in the Epsom Oaks earlier in the season. Teona caused an almighty upset when beating the 1/5 favourite by over a length in the Prix Vermeille, and Roger Varian has confirmed his star filly will take her chance in the Arc, so long as the ground didn't turn too testing.

"She got back last night and seems fine after the race, so we're very happy with that," Varian told Sky Sports.

"We've made no secret of the high regard we hold her in. Hopefully she's a filly really going places now."

"She had a valid excuse at York, and a valid excuse at Epsom.

"At York she reared up in the starting gates, and then it turned into a four-furlong sprint up the home straight. She actually ran very well that day - making up ground on horses that were sprinting in front of her. You could see how she might get closer to Snowfall."

"At Epsom the ground was heavy, and I don't think she's a filly who can cope with that sort of ground."

"It took a while to get her back after running on that ground at Epsom, but she was fairly dominant at Windsor and showed what she was capable of on Sunday in Paris."

Tarnawa tops the betting for the Arc. (Getty)

Another British contender who looks set for an outing in the Arc is Alenquer. William Haggas' charge won the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot, and has since placed in both the Grand Prix de Paris and the Juddmonte International Stakes. 

"The owners Mubarak Alarou and Mussad Almutari are keen to have a crack at the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe." said Armando Duarte, racing manager to the owners.

"Alenquer is a mile-and-a-half horse and will handle any cut in the ground. Obviously it's a tough race but he's been in good shape since York and we are hopeful he'll run a nice race."

Alenquer defeated Adayar, who sits second behind Tarnawa in the Arc betting, at Sandown on his reappearance, and Duarte feels that form puts his three-year-old firmly in the Arc picture.

He continued. "The form with Adayar was no fluke and he's shown what he can do after that as well. Hopefully he can run a nice race in the Arc and is a nice horse going forward." 

Teona is best priced at 12/1 to win the 2021 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, while BetVictor cut Alenquer into 20/1 after his participation was confirmed.

2021 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Odds

Hurricane Lane5/1
Chrono Genesis12/1
St Mark's Basilica12/1

*Odds taken on 13/9/21*


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