Erupt enters Arc de Triomphe picture with Grand Prix de Paris victory

• Unbeaten colt quoted at 16-1 for Europe’s premier Flat race
• Trainer Francis-Henri Graffard celebrates his most notable win

Stéphane Pasquier dispensed high-fives to punters all around the paddock after winning the Grand Prix de Paris aboard Erupt here on Tuesday evening, and was perhaps starting to wonder if he will get a chance to do so again after the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Treve, the winner for the past two seasons, and Golden Horn, an outstanding Derby winner, are among Erupt’s possible opponents on the first Sunday in October but he remains unbeaten after four starts and showed courage as well as class to win at Group One level for the first time.

Golden Horn’s Derby form was represented by Storm The Stars, who was third home at Epsom, in Tuesday’s race, which is the most prestigious 12-furlong prize for three-year-olds in the French calendar. Balios, an impressive winner of the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot, was also in the field, along with Ampere, unbeaten in two starts for André Fabre.

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