Bet on 2020 Prix de l'Opéra Race

As part of the prestigious Arc de Triomphe horse racing meeting, we’re really excited about the 2020 Prix de l'Opéra where we will see some of the leading fillies and mares competing over 2,000 metres which roughly translates into one mile and a quarter. There’s a hefty purse available for a race which was won by Villa Marina last year.

While several horses have multiple races when it comes to the Longchamp racecard, it seems likely that we will see Fancy Blue line up in this race, with the Aidan O’Brien runner coming into the race with a strong track record and we’re surprised by the 5/1 that is currently available.

We saw the three-year-old score two victories in July, with the horse obliging in the Prix de Diane Longines when sent off at 8/1, while there was another smart performance in the Qatar Nassau Stakes where Fancy Blue ran really well and stayed on for the one mile and two furlong distance.

However, Tawkeel is an unbeaten filly who will arrive with plenty of market confidence and it’s noticeable that all of her victories have come in France, even if she’s yet to be tested at Longchamp racecourse, with the racecard illustrating that she has already scored wins at Deauville (twice) and Chantilly.

Magical is a slightly older stateswoman and she may or may not take her place in this race, although the bookies are erring on the side of caution and the horse wasn’t far behind Ghaiyyath in the Juddmonte International Stakes.

Magical ran well in the Arc de Triomphe last year when finishing fifth although we’re expecting her to improve for that run at Longchamp whether she takes her place in this race or another target.

The History of the Prix de l'Opéra

The Prix de l’Opera is a Group 1 race that takes place at Longchamp Racecourse, with the race forming part of the prestigious Arc de Triomphe meeting and it has been in operation since 1974. The race was originally a Group 2 encounter and this was a heat where only three or four-year-old fillies could compete although the race has since opened up to include older horses.

The Prix de l’Opera has now been added to the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series in 2011, with the winner getting an automatic qualification to run in the Fillies’ and Mares race in the Breeders’ Cup series.

Athyka is the only horse that has enjoyed back-to-back successes in 1988 and 1989, with Covert Love, Speedy Boarding and Wild Illusion among the recent winners and it’s noticeable how this race has seen lots of different winning trainers in recent times.