Tal­is­manic among Arc prep­pers

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - Daily Racing Form - By Steve An­der­sen Fol­low Steve An­der­sen on Twit­ter @DRFAn­der­sen

The im­prov­ing filly Kitesurf and the es­tab­lished vet­eran Tal­is­manic, win­ner of the 2017 Breed­ers’ Cup Turf at Del Mar, give Godol­phin Rac­ing and trainer An­dre Fabre the fa­vorites in two of the three ma­jor prep races for the Group 1 Prix de l’Arc de Tri­om­phe at Longchamp Race­course on Sun­day in Paris.

The $5.81 mil­lion Arc de Tri­om­phe will be run Oct. 7. Sun­day’s pro­gram at Longchamp has three stakes at 1 1/2 miles ex­pected to pro­vide clues whether any­one can chal­lenge the bril­liant English filly En­able in the Arc. As of Fri­day, En­able was the 3-2 fa­vorite to win the Arc for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year.

Sun­day’s Group 1 Prix Ver­meille for fil­lies and mares is led by Kitesurf, who won the Group 2 Prix de Pomone for fil­lies and mares at 1 9/16 miles on Aug. 19 at Deauville. The $697,800 Prix Ver­meille, the rich­est race on Sun­day’s pro­gram, will be the first start in a Group 1 for Kitesurf since a fifth-place fin­ish in the Group 1 Prix Royal-Oak at Saint-Cloud Race­course last Oc­to­ber.

The 3-year-old filly Magic Wand, who won the Group 2 Rib­bles­dale Stakes at Royal As­cot in June for trainer Ai­dan O’Brien, and Worth Wait­ing, who won her fourth con­sec­u­tive race in the Group 3 Prix Min­erve on Aug. 12 at Deauville, are Kitesurf’s chief ri­vals.

Worth Wait­ing is trained by David Lani­gan and will start in her first Group 1 race in the Prix Ver­meille. The race drew nine and has one Group 1 win­ner in Well Timed, who won the Ger­man Oaks on Aug. 5 at Dus­sel­dorf.

Tal­is­manic was the 5-2 choice in the fu­ture book on Fri­day to win the Group 2 Prix Foy at 1 1/2 miles over sta­ble­mate Waldgeist, at 11-4. Tal­is­manic was ninth in the Dubai World Cup on dirt last March and won his come­back in the Group 3 Prix Gon­taut-Biron at 1 1/4 miles Aug. 15 at Deauville.

The $151,190 Prix Foy, which is re­stricted to 4-year-olds and up and ex­cludes geld­ings, drew a field of six, in­clud­ing the O’Brien-trained Capri, who won the Group 1 English St. Leger last Septem­ber but was later 17th of 18 in the Arc de Tri­om­phe at Chan­tilly. In his lone start this year, Capri won the Group 3 Al­leged Stakes in Ire­land, but was later side­lined with a shoul­der in­jury.

Waldgeist is ca­pa­ble of win­ning and has shown peak form this year, win­ning three con­sec­u­tive stakes at 1 1/2 miles. The Prix Foy will be Waldgeist’s first start since a vic­tory in the Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris on July 1 at Sain­tCloud.

The $151,190 Prix Niel, for 3-year-old colts and fil­lies only, is led by Neuf­bosc.

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