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Ace Impact justifies favourite tag to claim Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe


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The key question before the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe here on Sunday was whether the explosive finishing speed of the favourite, Ace Impact, would be as potent in the unknown territory of a mile-and-a-half, two furlongs further than any of his previous runs. The answer was emphatic and incontestable, as Cristian Demuro brought Ace Impact with an electrifying run from the back of the field, chasing down Westover inside the final furlong before crossing the line nearly two lengths up, and still unbeaten after half a dozen starts.

Only two of the 15 runners – Onesto and Through Seven Seas, who went on to finish third and fourth – were behind Ace Impact as the field turned for home with just over two furlongs to run and Demuro shook the reins and asked him to quicken.

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