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WINTER is fancied to land the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly on Sunday where she will be ridden by Ryan Moore who targets a third victory in the French showpiece.
Moore first won the Arc in 2010 on Workforce for Sir Michael Stoute. He doubled his tally last year when scoring on Found for Aidan O’Brien whose five runners this time are headed by Winter.
Winter has been in fabulous form this campaign, bagging four Group 1s that comprise victories in the English and Irish 1000 Guineas, the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
The daughter of Galileo lost nothing in defeat at her most recent start when narrowly beaten in the Group 1 Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes at the Irish Champions meeting at Leopardstown on September 9.
Winter on Sunday benefits from the three-year-old fillies’ weight allowance which puts her at the foot of the weights at 8st 9lbs alongside odds-on favourite Enable, whose connections earlier this week paid €120,000 to supplement her for the Arc.
The ultra-consistent Winter has won five of her nine starts and been placed in the other four, all at distances of up to nine furlongs. She looks good value at 8-1 for her first attempt at the one and a half mile distance of the Arc.
“Winter is a high-class filly who has won four Group 1s and has won on the soft,” Moore said. “None of us know if she’ll stay a mile and a half until we try,” the jockey told the Racing Post.
O’Brien’s other runners in the Arc are Order Of St George (Donnacha O’Brien), Idaho (Seamie Heffernan), Capri (Wayne Lordan) and Seventh Heaven (Pat Smullen).
O’Brien said: “Ryan rides Winter and while we can’t be sure about her going a mile and a half for the first time, we’ve been very happy with her since she ran second in the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown.”
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