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Arc Trial

Group 3 race
Arc Trial
Location Newbury Racecourse
Newbury, England
Inaugurated 1997
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Dubai Duty Free
Website Newbury
Race information
Distance 1m 3f 5y (2,217 m)
Track Turf, left-handed
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight 8 st 10 lb (3yo);
9 st 3 lb (4yo+)
3 lb for fillies and mares
7 lb for Group 1 winners *
5 lb for Group 2 winners *
3 lb for Group 3 winners *
* since February 28
Purse £65,000 (2009)
1st: £36,900

The Arc Trial is a Group 3 flat horse race in Great Britain which is open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at Newbury over a distance of 1 mile, 3 furlongs and 5 yards (2,217 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in September.

The event was established in 1997, and it was initially classed at Listed level. It was promoted to its present status, Group 3, in 2004.

Despite its title, the Arc Trial has rarely featured a genuine contender for the following month's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Of the few runners to have contested the "Arc" in the same year, the best finishing position has been seventh. This was achieved by Swain, the third-placed horse in the inaugural edition of the Arc Trial.



Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Compton Bolter – 2003, 2005
  • Blue Monday – 2006, 2008

Leading jockey (2 wins):

Leading trainer (2 wins):

  • Gerard Butler – Compton Bolter (2003, 2005)







1997 Posidonas 5 Richard Quinn Paul Cole 2:18.97
1998 Scorned 3 Simon Whitworth Ian Balding 2:18.38
1999 Fantastic Light 3 Kieren Fallon Sir Michael Stoute 2:21.51
2000 Pawn Broker 3 Michael Kinane David Elsworth 2:18.69
2001 Grandera 3 Michael Hills James Fanshawe 2:16.54
2002 Legal Approach 3 Keith Dalgleish Mark Johnston 2:18.18
2003 Compton Bolter 6 Eddie Ahern Gerard Butler 2:17.05
2004 Sights on Gold 5 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 2:18.07
2005 Compton Bolter 8 Darryll Holland Gerard Butler 2:19.05
2006 Blue Monday 5 Steve Drowne Roger Charlton 2:17.66
2007 Halicarnassus 3 Tadhg O'Shea Mick Channon 2:18.11
2008 Blue Monday 7 Steve Drowne Roger Charlton 2:20.62
2009 Doctor Fremantle 4 Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute 2:19.97


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