09/29/2005 11:00PM

Alexander Goldrun Arc card's best bet


PARIS - Alexander Goldrun, the fabulous filly with a manly name, is the best bet of the day at Longchamp on Sunday on a Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe undercard that features five Group 1 races worth a total of $1.62 million.

A 4-year-old Jim Bolger-trained daughter of Gold Away, Alexander Goldrun will defend her title in the $300,000 Prix de l'Opera, whose 1 1/4 miles is right up her alley. Alexander Goldrun has won two Group 1 races at the distance this year - the Pretty Polly Stakes and the Nassau Stakes - but was even more impressive when a close third to Oratorio and Motivator in the Irish Champion Stakes on Sept. 10.

With regular rider Kevin Manning in the irons, she will be difficult to beat on Sunday. Unfortunately, Bolger is not considering her for the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf because he prefers she defend her Hong Kong Cup title in Sha Tin on Dec. 11 instead.

If she is to be upset, Red Bloom is the one to do it. Winner of the Group 1 Fillies Mile at 2 in 2003, Red Bloom finally returned to her best form last time, winning the 1 1/4-mile Group 2 Blandford Stakes.

Of the others, two-time Group 3 winner Satwa Queen is in over her head, while last year's Fillies Mile winner, Playful Act, has not quite lived up to her reputation despite a handful of nice efforts this season.

In the one-mile $360,000 Prix Marcel Boussac for juvenile fillies, Confidential Lady holds an edge over Queen Royal by dint of her victory in the seven-furlong Group 3 Prix du Calvados, but Rumplestiltskin, the winner of the seven-furlong Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes for trainer Aidan O'Brien, will be difficult to deny. One who could swing the upset in here is Sirene Doloise, the unheralded, undefeated winner of the one-mile Group 3 Prix d'Aumale.

The 2-year-old colts in France this year have failed to distinguish themselves as yet, so the seven-furlong $410,000 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere should go to a foreign invader. While the British-trained Opera Cape is here as the winner of the Group 3 Solario Stakes, it is Horatio Nelson who most easily fits the role of potential winner. An O'Brien-trained Danehill colt, Horatio Nelsonextended his record to 3 for 3 when winning the Group 2 Futurity Stakes at The Curragh on Aug. 20 and could ultimately prove to be even better than his outstanding juvenile stablemate George Washington.

Royal Ascot Group 2 King's Stand Stakes winner Chineur carries French hopes in the five-furlong $240,000 Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp, but a number of British raiders loom even larger. Benbaun and last year's runner-up, The Tatling, will make their presence felt, early and late, respectively. But five-furlong Nunthorpe Stakes winner La Cucaracha has the tactical speed and the finishing kick to deny them all in this 18-runner dash.

With two-time defending champ Westerner bypassing the 2 1/2-mile $300,000 Prix du Cadran for a tilt at the Arc, it is left to his Elie Lellouche-trained stablemate Ostankino to pick up the pieces in a tight contest with the Andre Fabre-trained Reefscape.

Simulcast information

* Prix Marcel Boussac10:05 a.m.

WPS, exacta, trifecta, superfecta, pick 4

* Jean-Luc Lagardere10:45 a.m.

WPS, exacta, trifecta, superfecta, pick 3

* Prix de l' Arc de Triomphe11:30 a.m.

WPS, exacta, trifecta, superfecta, daily double

* Prix du Grand Hotel Barriere12:15 p.m.

WPS, exacta, trifecta, superfecta

* All times are Eastern; Television: TVG