First past the post: Workforce beats Nakayama Festa to win the Arc
The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Workforce followed up its Derby win by taking the A'rc this afternoon. Here's the story of the betting…..
“Connections will be pretty happy the gamble was taken. He travelled well throughout but was almost the back marker when turning for home before showing an impressive turn of foot in testing conditions to blow the opposition away.”
Workforce followed up his Derby win by taking the Arc this afternoon after being a major doubt to even be in the race.
The Sir Michael Stoute-trained champ was extremely disappointing in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on his previous start after breaking the course record at Epsom and wasn't confirmed as a runner in the French showdown till Thursday.
Connections will be pretty happy the gamble was taken. He travelled well throughout but was almost the back marker when turning for home before showing an impressive turn of foot in testing conditions to blow the opposition way. Amongst his rivals was second-placed Nakayama Festa, barely mentioned in pre-race deliberations, who put in a fantastic effort and rewarded its “to be placed” backers. Favourite Behkabad was well beaten.
Earlier, the Freddie Head-trained Goldikova set a new record for Group One successes, winning her 11th in the Prix de la Foret under Oliver Peslier.
The story of the betting on Workforce:
Workforce traded at a high of 10 (9-1) in the day of race market
Workforce traded at a high of 20 (19-1) in the week leading up to the race on Betfair
Workforce traded at a high of 48 (47-1) in the ante post market
Workforce returned at a Betfair Sp of 7.68