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Left Hand the each-way Arc value

| 01.10.2016

David Metcalf | September 26, 2016

Lots to like about Left Hand in Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

Postponed is now a red-hot 15/8 favourite with Coral for next Sunday’s Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly following news that Le Cressonniere would miss the race through injury. However, there are plenty of reasons to believe that Left Hand is overpriced and decent each-way value at the 20/1 currently on offer.

Trained in France by Carlos Laffon-Parias, the filly outran her odds of 50/1 when a cracking 1/2 length second of 16 to Le Cressonniere in the Group 1 Prix de Diane over 1m 2f at the venue.

Left Hand came from off the pace to join the leaders approaching the final furlong and after getting headed by the eventually winner showed a good attitude to rally all the way to the line.

The three-year-old then showed that run was not a fluke by readily landing a Group 3 contest at Deauville and has since gone on to land the Group 1 Prix Vermeille on Arc Trials Day over course and distance.

Carlos Laffon-Parias' Left Hand looks a each-way price at the Prix De L'Arc De Triomphe.

Carlos Laffon-Parias’ Left Hand looks a each-way price at the Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe.

Value for more than the winning margin

Left Hand appeared to relish the step up to the Arc trip of 1m 4f in the latter, travelling powerfully at the rear until coming with a sustained run to get up close home and readily beat Endless Times by 1/2 a length.

The daughter of Dubawi showed a nice turn of foot and was value for more than the winning margin.

Left Hand has now won three of her seven career starts and is clearly thriving at present and goes into the Arc right at the top of her game.

Vermeille a good trial

The Vermeille has also been a key trial for the Arc over the years with both Zarkava (2008) and Treve (2013) completing the double.

Left Hand has a history of defying her odds.

Left Hand has a history of defying her odds.

Although this year’s renewal of the race did not look particularly strong, Left Hand got the job done in very taking fashion and the form of her run behind Le Cressonniere in the Prix de Diane is rock solid.

Le Cressonnierre is a filly right out of the top drawer and has gone on to score again since to extend her unbeaten run to eight.

The Jean-Claude Rouget trained three-year-old had been 4/1 second favourite with Coral in the ante post betting for the Arc before yesterday’s shock news that she had picked up an injury and miss the race, and that makes Left Hand look overpriced based on her brave run behind her in the Prix de Diane.


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David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.