Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe: Tapestry to race at Longchamp

Tapestry beating Taghrooda in the Yorkshire Oaks

Tapestry has been added to the line-up for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Sunday.

Ryan Moore will ride the three-year-old filly, trained by Aidan O'Brien.

Tapestry was supplemented as a late entry at a cost of 120,000 euros (£95,000) after beating Arc favourite Taghrooda to win the Yorkshire Oaks.

A maximum field of 20 runners is set to contest the mile-and-a-quarter race which has a first prize of nearly £2.4m.

Despite her defeat at York, jockey Paul Hanagan believes Taghrooda is a worthy favourite.

"She won't shy from anything really, she can hold her own," he told At The Races.

Battle of the sexes
Four of the last six winning horses have been females (Zarkava, Danedream, Solemia, Treve). Three-year-old fillies get a weight allowance (carrying 8st 8lb, compared with 8st 11lb for the colts). Older fillies race off 9st 2lb, with the males on 3lb more.

"She's a big filly, she rides kind of like a colt so that (a big field) wouldn't worry me."

Last year's brilliant winner Treve, Prix Niel victor Ectot and the unbeaten Avenir Certain lead home hopes in France's big race.

Some 5,000 Japanese racing fans are expected at the Paris track to cheer on their contenders as Harp Star, Gold Ship and Just A Way seek to become the first Arc winner trained in Japan.

Frankie Dettori, 43, will partner 2013 Epsom Derby victor Ruler Of The World after losing the ride on last year's Arc champion Treve to French jockey Thierry Jarnet.

Ruler Of The World is one of three runners for Irish trainer O'Brien, whose son Joseph will be aboard Chicquita.

Aside from Taghrooda, for John Gosden, there are two other British-trained contenders.

Derby runner-up and St Leger winner Kingston Hill represents Roger Varian, while Al Kazeem runs for Roger Charlton having been returned to training earlier in the year after his stud career was halted by fertility issues.

Recent Arc winners
2013TreveCriquette Head-MaarekThierry Jarnet9-2
2012SolemiaCarlos Laffon-PariasOlivier Peslier33-1
2011DanedreamPeter SchiergenAndreas Starke20-1
2010WorkforceSir Michael StouteRyan Moore6-1
2009Sea The StarsJohn OxxMick Kinane4-6 fav
2008ZarkavaAlain Royer-DupreChristophe Soumillon13-8 fav

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