Ivan idea for Paris! Ivan idea for Paris!GERMAN DARK HORSE TO PROVE HOWE GOOD HE IS.
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MY MUM Sabena's Sole Power is running in today's Prix de l'Abbaye and while that - and not the croissants and frogs legs - is the main dish for my family, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe is the feature on a crackerjack card.
This year it's an international array of talent with the Gallic challenge attempting to repel raiders from Japan, Germany and, of course, England and Ireland and frankly, you can make a good case for an awful lot of them.
But that's no good to my tipping fanbase - hello Ethel from County Limerick - so I'm going for the German protagonist Ivanhowe, currently a 16-1 chance, who I think received a boost earlier in the week when William Buick was announced as his rider.
This horse has, in my humble opinion, been severely underrated - a bit like Southampton before they beat Manchester United in the 1976 FA Cup final (yes, I am that old) - despite last time beating Sea The Moon in the Grosser Preis von Baden when that rival was still ante-post favourite for this thriller.
We have subsequently learned the runner-up wasn't right that day, but take nothing away from the performance as my fancy could only beat what was put in front of him and he has run some really quick final furlongs in races.
And that has to be a plus as this contest is almost guaranteed a last-gasp dash despite its distance.
Before Ivanhowe won at Baden-Baden, he had disappointed in France, but I am a firm believer in forgiving a horse one poor run and let's not also forget that he was sent off favourite for the German Derby in July.
Danedream won this race for Deutschland in 2011 and I'm happy to daydream about a repeat.
I will quite happily wash down another German success with a glass of Liebfraumilch and a giantsized Frankfurter.
As ever the Japanese will turn out in force, as will the Brits taking advantage of the Eurostar, and they will have a Yen for their powerful army of equine stars.
Just A Way, Gold Ship and three-year-old filly Harp Star are all fancied at anything from 13/2 to 12s, but it's Germany for me!
PRIX DE L'ARC DE TRIOMPHE
Today, Longchamp, Channel 4, 3.30pm
HOWE'S THAT: Filip Minarik lets out a roar as Ivanhowe wins at Baden Baden