The Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr1), which has been crowned on numerous occasions as the world’s top race, has attracted 101 entries this year. This number of entries in itself represents a big achievement relative to the 2021 pathway of a race which has acquired legendary status.
The list of entries was unveiled on Wednesday, May 12. The winner of the 2020 edition, SOTTSASS, and the third in the same race, PERSIAN KING, have since been retired to stud. However, IN SWOOP (second in 2020) is still on course for the 2021 race. This also applies to GOLD TRIP (fourth in 2020) and RAABIHAH (fifth in 2020). The 2021 edition takes place on October 3, and it will be all the more exceptional for the fact that it marks the centenary of the race. It is a race which will be international in every way. The best European horses will, of course, be present, and we await those horses which will prove revelations during the classics in the summer, and which can be supplemented on September 29. However, we have already noticed the presence of a horse born in Brazil, and one that triumphed in the biggest race in South America: namely the Gran Premio Internacional Carlos Pellegrini (Gr1) winner NAO DA MAIS.
We have also picked up on the presence of a Japanese sextet, including DEEP BOND, whose connections have already confirmed the firm intention to travel to France.
Horses owned by Qatari owners also feature among the entries. We allude to Abdullah Fahad Al-Attiyah’s VAUCELLES, and the Qatar Racing Limited pair, OCEAN ROAD and TWISTED REALITY.
Source: Qatar Racing &amp; Equestrian Club