1986 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

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65th Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
Longchamp, 5 October 1986
Racing silks of Khalid Abdullah.svg
won by Dancing Brave (USA)

The 1986 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe was a horse race held at Longchamp on Sunday 5 October 1986.[1] It was the 65th running of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

The winner was Dancing Brave, a three-year-old colt trained in Great Britain by Guy Harwood. The winning jockey was Pat Eddery.[2]

The winning time of 2m 27.7s set a new record for the race. The previous record of 2m 28.0s was achieved by Detroit in 1980.

The field is considered to be one of the strongest in the race's history.[3] Major races won by the runners in 1986 included;

Race details[edit]

  • Sponsor: Trusthouse Forte
  • Purse: 6,800,000 F; First prize: 4,000,000 F
  • Going: Firm
  • Distance: 2,400 metres
  • Number of runners: 15
  • Winner's time: 2m 27.7s (new record)

Full result[edit]

Pos. Marg. Horse Age Jockey Trainer (Country)
1 Dancing Brave 3 Pat Eddery Guy Harwood (GB)
2 Bering 3 Gary W. Moore Criquette Head (FR)
3 ½ Triptych 4 Angel Cordero Patrick Biancone (FR)
4 shd Shahrastani 3 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute (GB)
5 nk Shardari 4 Greville Starkey Michael Stoute (GB)
6 Darara 3 Yves Saint-Martin Alain de Royer-Dupré (FR)
7 2 Acatenango 4 Steve Cauthen Heinz Jentzsch (GER)
8 nk Mersey 4 Freddy Head Patrick Biancone (FR)
9 Saint Estephe 4 Cash Asmussen André Fabre (FR)
10 nk Dihistan 4 Tony Kimberley Michael Stoute (GB)
11 1 Iades 4 Alain Lequeux François Boutin (FR)
12 2 Baby Turk 4 Alfred Gibert Alain de Royer-Dupré (FR)
13 Nemain 4 Christy Roche David O'Brien (IRE)
14 2 Sirius Symboli 4 Maurice Philipperon Freddie Palmer (FR)
15 Maria Fumata 4 Fernando Diaz Juan Cavieres (CHI)
  • Abbreviations: shd = short-head; nk = neck

Winner's details[edit]

Further details of the winner, Dancing Brave.

  • Sex: Colt
  • Foaled: 11 May 1983
  • Country: United States
  • Sire: Lyphard; Dam: Navajo Princess (Drone)
  • Owner: Khalid Abdullah
  • Breeder: Glen Oak Farm


  1. ^ "Big Race Field". Glasgow Herald. 4 October 1986. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
  2. ^ "1986 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe". France Galop. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
  3. ^ Wood, Greg. "Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe promises to be one of the greatest ever". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 February 2015.