10/03/2012 4:42PM

Arc de Triomphe: Dettori replaces O'Brien on Camelot


Reversing a trend of recent days, news Wednesday regarding Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe concerned horses being announced as participants in the race rather than defectors from it.

Chiefly, trainer Aidan O’Brien said that he would have two Arc runners, St Nicholas Abbey and Camelot, after putting both horses through workouts at his Ballydoyle training center in Ireland on Wednesday morning. St Nicholas Abbey, fifth in the 2011 Arc, had long been expected to start in the race. But the status of Camelot, who was denied the English Triple Crown when he finished second to unheralded Encke in the St. Leger Stakes on Sept. 15, came into focus only in recent days.

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O’Brien’s son Joseph is the only pilot Camelot has ever known, but O’Brien will ride St Nicholas Abbey on Sunday in Paris while Frankie Dettori has the mount on Camelot. As a 3-year-old, Camelot gets a break in the Arc weights that O’Brien, who is quite tall for a flat jockey, cannot take advantage of.

The services of Dettori, who has won the Arc three times, became available with the first notable Arc defection of the last week, that of Snow Fairy, who was injured during a workout on Sept. 28 and will not race again this year. Monday brought news that a case of swamp fever at the Cologne training center in Germany had put the local equine population in a 90-day quarantine that would bar defending Arc champion Danedream from leaving the yard of trainer Peter Schiergen and traveling to Paris. And on Tuesday, Nathaniel, who would have been among the Arc favorites, was taken out of consideration for the race after running a fever and showing signs of illness through blood tests.

That left 16 horses still in the Arc as of Wednesday’s entry stage, though supplemental entries, including that of French Derby winner Sanois, are expected Thursday. Heading the early Arc betting is the Japanese horse Orfevre, who had his final major exercise for the Arc on Wednesday at Chantilly, working one mile under race rider Christophe Soumillon. Orfevre has been stabled at Chantilly since mid-summer and won the Prix Foy at Longchamp last month in his Arc prep.

“We are very happy with his preparation,” Soumillon said after the work. “He seems in much better physical condition – more reactive – and his coat is beautiful.”

Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
does anyone know where one can bet this race other than through overseas sites.joseph obrien may have weight issues and will probably have to give up ridding if he continues to grow,but at least hes an honest jockey,unlike most of the ones in america.ive never seen so much pulling and fixing like in ny over the last few months,i wont go into the smaller bush tracks,because thats the expected norm there.
Paul_Tuon More than 1 year ago
Twinspires and many other online websites as well. TVG, Xpressbet are two that come to mind. There many more if you Google search.
WILLARDtheRAT More than 1 year ago
lots of places like most track in the us, brisnet too
WILLARDtheRAT More than 1 year ago
8-1 Saonois* is getting interest on the brit side WHICH MEANS HE WONT WIN... O'brein? the dad seems to be always short at the end of the year ...like pletcher . but i have not handicapped yet.
david More than 1 year ago
I am astounded by your knowledge of horse racing but I am curious. Are you a trainer or jockey? It must be one or the other since you have all the inside information. And I know you can't be a horseplayer since you would have to be a fool to bet on horse racing when you know that trainers are crooked, horses are doped, and races are "fixed".
nicola c More than 1 year ago
im in two minds over Camelot for this race, this race wasn't on his schedule until he lost the st ledger which concerns me, and his performance in that race wasn't what anyone expected he under performed, plus i love frankie but he wouldn't be my first choice to ride him, but the positives are the defections of nathanial, danedream, snow fairy, and before the st ledger he was going great guns, well maybe not the Irish derby but the ground was awful but before that very impressive also if the team kept the name for years, 10 years or something like that for a horse to be so good before it got named Camelot he must be special and could easily prove it Sunday , because aidan o brien had many great horses so to keep a name for a truly great one he must be that, so im at a loss should i back him or not also his price isn't big enough, i guess ill decide on the day.
WILLARDtheRAT More than 1 year ago
for you it;s simple...was camleot big race the leger or sunday....he could bounce and make it look easy. tough call and I';m not going to help, bill mott's horses killed me this year. with that up down crap i'd say follow the betting money that day.
Paul_Tuon More than 1 year ago
News Flash!!! Basketball agent wanted! Joseph O'brien's dual sports career in the making: A summer time assistant trainer to daddy Aidan and fall/winter center position for an NBA team.
Josh More than 1 year ago
Hot flash!!!!!!!!!! The Toronto Raptors have drafted Joseph O'Brien first overall. If this kid grows anymore the horses will be riding him. This reeks of another Abigail Fuller career, daddy has horses and I get to ride them all over the world! Trainer in the making.