Workforce (Ryan Moore up) winning the English Derby June 6th 2010
The Prix de' l' Arc de Triomphe is the richest prize horse race in Europe. Well established as a mile and a half race, its open for horses of all ages and is staged in the last days of the Flat racing season on the first Sunday in October; the first Arc was on Sunday October 3rd, 1920 at Longchamp outside Paris as a celebration of the newly-established era of peace following the First World War. The Arc is as much a monument to French victory as a show-case for French horse-racing in its reputation. Top horse trainers from Ireland, France and Great Britain dream of winning this prestigious Group One race of international status.
Workforce, a 3 year-old horse which won the Derby by 7 lengths has today won the Prix de l' Arc de Triomphe. Owned by Prince Khalid Abdullah, trained by Sir Michael Stoute (his first Arc win) and ridden by Ryan Moore, Workforce is only the 6th horse to win both the English Derby and the French Prix De l'Arc Triomphe in the same season. No horse however will ever beat the achievement of last years Arc winner in 2009, the truly unique equestrian star, Sea the Stars.
Since the opportunity of air-travel for horses has developed horse-racing is rapidly becoming a world sport. The next big international race is the Australian Melbourne Cup in November.