Talking Horses: Dettori’s lapse adds to intrigue of 100th Arc de Triomphe

By: Greg Wood Monday 13 September 2021

Snowfall’s unexpected defeat leaves next month’s race wide open but will British and Irish fans be there to enjoy it?

Some Arcs revolve around whether there is anything to beat the favourite. Others have no obvious favourite at all. It’s a matter of opinion, but personal preference is for the latter and after four years in which, both in victory and defeat, it was all about Enable, this year’s race is shaping up to be a four-cornered affair at the very least.

Snowfall’s unexpected defeat by Teona in the Prix Vermeille was, in some respects, an ideal result with the Arc itself in mind. Frankie Dettori offered an excuse for her below-par performance afterwards – well, he seemed to blame Hollie Doyle for setting too steady a pace – and it is up to individual punters whether or not they accept it.

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