Equine superstar Enable bids to bow out on a high in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
Frankie Dettori's mount is racing for a record third success in the autumn highlight.
After winning in 2017 and 2018, she found Waldgeist, a member of the home team, too good on rain-softened going last year.
Conditions are going to be wet again for the 11-time Group One scorer, which she handled with aplomb in the 1m 4f contest three years ago.
After benefiting from her first run of the season, the six-year-old has enjoyed a smooth preparation – and heads to France via easy wins in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes and the Unibet September Stakes.
Enable is one of eight dual winners of the 'Arc' since 1920, but no horses of her age have ever triumphed.
Can she prove that stat wrong?
Here is Mirror Racing's horse-by-horse guide:
1. -21141 Persian King (7) A Fabre, Pierre-Charles Boudot 20/1*
The race's leading trainer Andre Fabre (eight wins) gives the son of Kingman his first run at 1m 4f.
Last seen when defeating a smart field in the Prix du Moulin, headed by Pinatubo, Persian King has been a regular in France's top races – mostly at a mile.
His dam Pretty Please is out of Arc winner Dylan Thomas and there are other stamina elements in the pedigree.
Less positively, Persian King was well beaten in the Jacques le Marois on heavy ground this season and was outstayed in the 2019 the Prix du Jockey Club by Arc rival Sottsass.
On all evidence, he shouldn't be turning that around.
2. 563252 Royal Julius (8) J Reynier, Shane Foley 200/1
A Group Two winner in Italy in 2018, he is a rank outsider for a reason.
More will be finishing in front of him than behind.
3. 621215 Way To Paris (6) Andrea Marcialis, Ioritz Mendizabal 33/1
Just a head behind Sottsass in the Prix Ganay earlier this summer, he might not be able to get quite so close this time.
Fifth in the Prix Foy (Stradivarius was second), the seven-year-old should improve as it was his first run after a break.
Stays especially well and has had a productive season, but lacks the class for win purposes.
Might be able to nick a place.
4. 4-4335 Japan (11) A P O'Brien, Yutaka Take 14/1
Part-owner Masaaki Matsushima bought into this son of Galileo to try and win this year's race.
His jockey Yutaka Take also has the same dream – and they team up with the five-time winner.
The four-year-old will have been building up to this, but he has had a much less productive season than in 2019.
His previous two runs could be described as lacklustre, although a stone bruise was found when beaten a long way by Enable in the King George.
Hard to fancy on current form.
5. 01-326 Sovereign (10) A P O'Brien, Mickael Barzalona 100/1
Likely to be up there forcing the pace, so it's tricky to see him having enough in reserve for the finish.
6. 2-3112 Stradivarius (14) John Gosden, Olivier Peslier 13/2
A fascinating contender from the Enable camp.
Put in an incredible performance when winning his third Ascot Gold Cup, the six-year-old tries his luck over 1m 4f.
With little left to achieve over marathon trips, it is easy to see why owner Bjorn Nielsen wanted a new challenge.
His trial at the trip in the Prix Foy was encouraging, as he was just held by Anthony Van Dyck in a sprint finish.
Stradivarius is a better horse than fellow smart stayer Order Of St George – fifth in this in 2017 – and he sluiced through the mud at Royal Ascot.
He has a big chance here off a sound gallop.
7. 3-4214 Sottsass (4) J-C Rouget, Cristian Demuro 8/1
Last year's third (a length-and-three-quarters behind Enable) posted a good effort in the Irish Champion Stakes, when he was fourth behind Magical.
That race has produced some recent Arc contenders and his trainer seems pleased with how he has done since.
This race has been his aim all season and he doesn't have too much to find with the 'Queen of the Turf.'
He appears to be running into form, but will have to step up quite a bit to figure on his first efforts of the season.
It's quite possible he can – especially as he hasn't tried 12 furlongs this term yet.
He is worth siding with, as Jean-Claude Rouget goes for a big home win on his 13th attempt.
8. 12-211 Enable (5) John Gosden, Frankie Dettori 11/8
The fans' favourite goes in pursuit of a record third win in the race, after her second to Waldgeist last year.
The ground blunted the 11-time Group 1 winner's finishing kick – and Dettori reported she "folded a bit."
It will be similarly testing on Sunday.
Aidan O'Brien has several runners and they could turn this into a real stamina test.
Enable has looked in rude health this season, with two easy wins after needing her seasonal debut.
Positioning will be key, as Dettori won't want to hit the front too early this time.
She is an exceptional talent and must go close, but at the prices there is a viable alternative.
9. 34-257 Deirdre (12) Mitsuru Hashida, Jamie Spencer 66/1
Hasn't fired this season and looks out of her depth.
The Group 1 Nassau Stakes win from 2019 will remain her biggest win.
10. 5-2103 Gold Trip (9) F Chappet, Stephane Pasquier 40/1
Goes well with cut in the ground.
Ran on strongly to win a Group 2 over 1m 3f, when the well-backed Arc contender In Swoop was back in third.
Only a short-head behind that rival in his warm-up race, won by the reopposing Mogul, on balance he is not good enough, but he is one of the more interesting runners at long odds.
Has place possibilities at a big price if some of the others don't run to form.
11. -33101 Chachnak (13) F Vermeulen, Tony Piccone 150/1
Another of the big outsiders with two Group 3 wins to his name. Outclassed here.
12. 1312 In Swoop (1) F-H Graffard, Ronan Thomas 12/1
Backed in from around 40/1 after his second in last month's Grand Prix de Paris, the runner with the inside berth is a lively outsider for some.
But the Deutsches Derby hero is quite inexperienced for this – and although he stayed on in eye-catching fashion last time, it requires a leap of faith to back him to win.
He seems to be lacking rather on the tactical speed front and is vulnerable to a classier type.
Shouldn't be troubling the principals.
13. -46131 Mogul (3) A P O'Brien, Ryan Moore 14/1
A difficult horse to weigh up, with less wins than would be expected for a horse that cost £3.57m as a yearling.
It was an 11-length turnaround from the Epsom form with stablemate Serpentine, when taking the Grand Prix de Paris.
Aidan O'Brien was pleased by the speed he showed that day, as previously he looked a thorough stayer.
His record this season shows he doesn't tend to win back-to-back races, so that could remain his peak effort in France.
14. 0-5114 Serpentine (15) A P O'Brien, Christophe Soumillon 14/1
An all-the-way winner of the Derby, the three-year-old was given a decent break after his heroics at Epsom.
Only fourth behind Mogul on his return after 71 days, this strong galloper will be all the better for that.
Supplemented for €72,000 as well, connections obviously believe conditions won't be an issue.
He has the ability to put in a bold show here, but he's unlikely to get such a head start this time.
15. 11412 Raabihah (2) J-C Rouget, Maxime Guyon 14/1
A daughter of 2009 winner Sea The Stars, she was a single figure price for this in late summer.
Favourite for the Qatar Prix Vermeille, she was firmly put in her place by Tarnawa.
She gets the three-year-old filly's allowance which should prove useful, but there is a big question to answer about the racing surface.
The worst she has competed on is good to soft – and it's doubtful her turn of foot can be displayed against this top competition.
Could be one for next year if the weather is better.
VERDICT: A year on from his excellent third, Sottsass is ready to go two places better. This race has been the aim all season and unlike many of these, he is about to peak at his best trip. On a different day, with a different set of circumstances, he can turn around the form with Enable.
*Best industry odds at the time of publication, subject to change
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