Barcelona star Antoine Griezmann in mix to win £4m Arc de Triomphe jackpot

Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann hopes to score a goal worth more than £4 million in the sport of horse racing.

The World Cup winner is enjoying success as an owner of thoroughbreds – and has now made an entry for Europe's richest race.

Natsukashi, a £51,000 purchase for the France superstar, is one of 101 horses entered in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on October 3.

The prestigious contest has a prize pot of €5 million – around £4.3 million to UK racing fans.

Griezmann, who earns around £345,000 a week while starring at the Nou Camp alongside the likes of Lionel Messi, inherited his love for racing from his father.

During his time away from the 99,000-seater stadium, he has recruited several horses to be trained by Chantilly-based Philippe Decouz.

Last month, Griezmann's miler Hooking won the £22,00 Prix du Pavillon Royal handicap at Longchamp – on the same day he scored a 93rd-minute penalty in a 5-2 LaLiga victory over Getafe.

Afterwards the 30-year-old told Le Parisien : "I am very happy with this first Quinte (listed race) victory. I want to take on the big owners."

Now he may have the chance in the Arc this autumn, a race which has been won by some of the world's best horses, including Treve (2013, 2014) and Enable (2017, 2018).

Natsukashi finished second in the Listed Prix de la Seine on May 16, a step up from her eight-length debut victory.

It is hoped she can progress to the top level, taking in the Group 1 Prix de Diane in June, before her big target this season.

The 2021 Arc celebrates the centenary of the top race and this year's renewal has attracted the highest number of entries since 2017.

There are six from Japan, including Dubai Sheema Classic runner-up Chrono Genesis and Deep Bond.

Mishriff, who won the Classic on the back of the Saudi Cup, dual Classic heroine Love and Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Tarnawa are among the big names from Europe.

Love, trained by Aidan O'Brien, is the 7-1 favourite across the board with bookmakers at this early stage.

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