Walter Swinburn believes the Sun will shine in the Arc


Last updated at 23:34 05 October 2007

It is the sub-plots that

make tomorrow's Prix

de l'Arc de Triomphe so

fascinating. Last

weekend's spat at

Ascot between

Stephane Pasquier and

Johnny Murtagh will

give an extra edge to

the weighing room



will not be expecting a

particularly warm

welcome from Kieren

Fallon, either. Some

perceived him as the

guilty party in the

Grand Prix de Paris in

July when, in winning

on Zambezi Sun, Fallon

was unseated from

Eagle Mountain.

Kieren Fallon with Eagle Mountain

Don't expect any

favours out on the track

for Monsieur Pasquier.

But it was the winning

performance of

Zambezi Sun in that

Grand Prix that has

lingered long in my


Peter Chapple-Hyam's

Derby winner

Authorized heads the

Arc betting, and rightly

so. But I feel Zambezi

Sun may be able to

offer something extra

on the day that French

racing comes alive

each year.

A big, long-striding

colt, Zambezi Sun will

relish the give in the

ground at Longchamp.

He has won at on three

of the four races at the

track. The one defeat

was his third to Soldier

Of Fortune in last

month's Prix Niel.

Zambezi Sun's run that

day seemed a


I felt there

was more left in the

tank and trainer Pascal

Bary is sure to squeeze

plenty more The Niel

improvement out of him.

The other big question

will be over tactics. By

supplementing Song Of

Hiawatha to the field,

Aidan O'Brien has a

pacemaker to help

main hopes, Dylan

Thomas and Soldier Of


But, I believe, the O'Brien

pacesetter will also be

doing the powerful

Khaled Abdullahowned

Zambezi Sun a

favour with a solid

pace. It is a dilemma

for the Ballydoyle stable.

Of their two big guns,

I'd just favour Dylan

Thomas even though

the going may be

softer than he'd prefer.

He is a classy

performer. Admittedly, he was an impressive

winner of the King

George at Ascot in July

when the ground was

good to soft but he was

on cruise control there.

He won't be allowed

the same luxury in this

stronger field.

Filly Mandesha worries

me. She has fallen

short of expectations

this season and I feel

that her jockey has

been kidding her along

in recent runs,

frightened to really

ask a big question.


suggests her

temperament is

causing concerns.

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