Although most of the news in recent days has been against Workforce retaining his Prix l’Arc de Triomphe crown, a favourable draw could provide a rare ray of sunlight.
The negative comments revolving around Workforce have been in relation to the lack of rain seen at Longchamp and jockey Ryan Moore hardly having any time to shake off any rustiness after a fairly lengthy spell on the sidelines injured.
It may be true that some rain would be of assistance to provide some added cut in the ground, but it should not be forgotten that Workforce did win a Derby on fast ground and broke the course record in the process.
Meanwhile, a three-time champion jockey should have little trouble remembering what to do in the saddle, even if he has just recovered from a broken thumb.
Some pleasing news from the gallops did improve the mood around Workforce slightly and the draw for Longchamp may lead to some extra late bets being placed on last year’s Arc winner.
Workforce is currently a massive 7/1 in the Prix l’Arc de Triomphe odds and this price will almost certainly shorten before race day.
With 16 runners set to line up for the Arc, stall eight in the centre of the track is historically a good place to be, with eight of the last ten winners being positioned in a stall in the lower half, while it is also the same stall that Workforce won from last year.
What is also worth noting is that many of Workforce’s leading rivals have stalls on the high side.
Favourite Sarafina will run from stall 13, So You Think is another place wider and the well-backed Snow Fairy will start from stall 11.
Of the other market leaders, only Galikova benefitted from a good draw in stall four, but she has her work cut out with fillies not having the greatest record in the Arc.