The absence of Danedream is a real shame although Camelot’s connections are letting their horse take his chances for a race which will see the winner scoop £2 million in prize money, with Aidan O’Brien aiming to make up for that St Leger defeat which saw his charge miss out on a hat-trick.
Frankie Dettori is booked to ride the three-year-old due to Joseph O’Brien being unable to make the weight of 8st 11lb and it’s an opportunity for the Italian to score a high-profile win aboard a horse that won the 2000 Guineas and Derby earlier in the season.
Camelot is an 11/4 chance (bet365 £200 free bets) to score victory in Paris, with lots of other lively contenders in a race which currently has 18 horses entered.
“If you are going to judge him, judge the horse more on his Guineas and Derby runs, which were very impressive,” Dettori told Racing UK.
“He was ridden to stay (in the Leger), it was a stop-start pace early doors, although I still think the horse quickened well at the end.
“He looks to be tremendously well balanced. He came into his own in the Derby when he ran over a mile and a half. He spread-eagled the field and was mighty impressive.
“The Arc will be his absolute cup of tea.”
Orfevre should pose a big challenge to Camelot’s chances of winning the race, with four-year-old being ridden by Christophe Soumillon and it was an impressive win at Longchamp in September when a small field was beaten in the Prix Foy.
Sea Moon is one of the top weights and St Nicholas Abbey also carries 9-5 and could be used tactically in the race with Camelot, with the five-year-old having been placed in all six of his last races.
Shareta and Saonois are the other horses flying the flag in a race where the cream of the crop from both sides of the English Channel meet and it’s hard to marry the form of horses in England and France.