The heavy ground may have sunk the heavily-backed Camelot’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe chances but some Paddy Power punters were laughing all the way to the bank as Haya Landa rewarded each-way backers at 150/1.
Paddy went 1/4 the odds the first four places in Sunday’s feature as French filly Solemia 33/1 (41/1 on the Pari-Mutuel) ridden by veteran jockey Olivier Peslier caught Japanese challenger Orfevre in the dying strides for a famous win.
It was cruel luck on the overseas runner who stormed up the centre of the track two furlongs out and had the race at his mercy. But a day of heavy rain on Saturday had left the track saturated and the distress signals went out as he tied up in the shadow of the post.
Masterstoke was third for Andre Fabre and Haya Landa rounded off the places in Paddy’s each-way special.
Camelot finished seventh under Frankie Dettori, with Sea Mon eighth and connections later revealed that the 2,000 Guineas, English and Irish Derby winner would stay in training as a four-year-old.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien said:
I think we stretched him a bit too much this year and maybe the Irish Derby (won in heavy ground) took more out of him than we thought at the time. Hopefully he’ll get back to his best after a rest and he could be something really special next year.