Many commentators are questioning the strength of the Arc – possibly an affronted reaction to a long-priced winner, though Solemia, like Marienbard and Danedream in the past decade was a delicious reminder that the Arc is still a horse race, not some magical repose of equWednesday, 10 October, 2012, 5:09am
Yasutoshi Ikee vowed to return and win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe after suffering a heartbreaking defeat at Longchamp.
The 37-year-old Japanese trainer, whose trainer-father Yasuo was also left disappointed in the 2006 Arc when Deep Impact was third, had just seen his 2011 Japanese Horse of the Year Orfevre denied by a neck by 40-1 outsider Solemia.9 Oct 2012 - 4:08am
Racing's two most charismatic jockeys, Christophe Soumillon and Frankie Dettori, have had relatively low-key seasons but, at Longchamp today, they both have chances to turn their seasons round.
Soumillon, 31, and the Dettori, 10 years older, clash on the co-favourites in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, which they have won five times between them.7 Oct 2012 - 2:02am
Orfevre's chances of making racing history on Sunday in giving Japan their first win in Europe's most prestigious race, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, and fulfilling a nation's dream has grown immeasurably.4 Oct 2012 - 2:25am
Triple classic winner Camelot's chances of running in and winning Europe's most prestigious horse race, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Sunday, have increased with the seemingly inevitable withdrawal of last year's winner Danedream.3 Oct 2012 - 1:41am
The racing world is waiting with bated breath for trainer Henry Cecil to decide whether superstar Frankel will crown his sensational career in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
The Arc emerged as an intriguing option after Prince Khalid Abdullah's colt demolished his rivals in last week's Juddmonte International at York where he was tackling 10 furlongs for the first time.28 Aug 2012 - 2:31am
This column echoes the thoughts of chief steward Kim Kelly in cheering on the Japanese for their stand on changing the relegation rules. The patent unfairness of Green Birdie's disqualification on Sunday was unavoidable as the stewards' hands are tied by the current rules.14 Sep 2011 - 12:00am
It seems so long ago now but the release of the final 2009 international classifications was only last week and the format managed to throw another curve ball into it.
One could almost feel the misery with which the list had been resolved with Sea The Stars on 'only' 136 for his Irish Champion Stakes victory and 'only' 131 for winning the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.20 Jan 2010 - 12:00am
Champion Belgian jockey Christophe Soumillon has been sidelined for an unspecified period after a fall at Nancy on Wednesday that left him with a fractured left elbow.11 Sep 2009 - 12:00am
Hong Kong might be the beneficiary of a surprise split yesterday between charismatic Belgian jockey Christophe Soumillon and his retainer, the Aga Khan.
The parting of the rider and one of the world's leading owners was announced in a statement from Aga Khan Studs.27 Aug 2009 - 12:00am
Did you read anywhere that Europe's unbeaten superstar filly Zarkava was the best horse on the planet in the World Thoroughbred Rankings? No? How could you possibly have missed that?21 Jan 2009 - 12:00am
Sunday will bring down the curtain on the most successful season of Freddie Head's training career, and the stable's Group One trophy cabinet will swell to 10 for the season if Marchand d'Or can make history in the HK$12 million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint.12 Dec 2008 - 12:00am
Latency: As the best horse in South America, arrived in the Middle East with much expected but failed to deliver over preferred distance last time over dirt.
Quijano: Loves this course and was fancied to make an impact last year but faded under pressure. Different preparation this time with a second place in the Hong Kong Vase under his belt.29 Mar 2008 - 12:00am
George Moore, the Australian Hall of Fame jockey who went on to become 11 times champion trainer of Hong Kong, died on Tuesday night in Sydney after several years of ill health. He was 84.10 Jan 2008 - 12:00am
Christophe Soumillon is perhaps the only jockey in the world who can walk into and out of Hong Kong racing when he wants.6 Jan 2008 - 12:00am