|Group 3 race|
|Race type||Flat / Thoroughbred|
|Sponsor||Dubai Duty Free|
|Distance||1m 3f 5y (2,217 m)|
|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
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):
- Steve Drowne – Blue Monday (2006, 2008)
Leading trainer (2 wins):
- Sir Michael Stoute – Fantastic Light (1999), Doctor Fremantle (2009)
- Gerard Butler – Compton Bolter (2003, 2005)
- Roger Charlton – Blue Monday (2006, 2008)
|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|
- galopp-sieger.de – Arc Trial.
- horseracingintfed.com – International Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Arc Trial (2009).
- pedigreequery.com – Arc Trial Stakes – Newbury.