2006 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

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The 2006 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe was a horse race held at Longchamp on Sunday 1 October 2006. It was the 85th running of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

2006 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
2006 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Rail Link
LocationLongchamp Racecourse
DateOctober 1, 2006 (2006-10-01)
Winning horseRail Link
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The winner was Rail Link, a three-year-old colt trained in France by André Fabre. The winning jockey was Stéphane Pasquier.

Race details

  • Sponsor: Groupe Lucien Barrière
  • Purse: €2,000,000; First prize: €1,142,800
  • Going: Good
  • Distance: 2,400 metres
  • Number of runners: 8
  • Winner's time: 2m 26.3s

Full result

Racing silks of Khalid Abdullah, owner of Rail Link
Pos. Marg. Horse Age Jockey Trainer (Country)
1 Rail Link 3 Stéphane Pasquier André Fabre (FR)
2 nk Pride 6 Christophe Lemaire Alain de Royer-Dupré (FR)
½ Deep Impact (disq.) 4 Yutaka Take Yasuo Ikee (JPN)
3 Hurricane Run 4 Kieren Fallon André Fabre (FR)
4 2 Best Name 3 Olivier Peslier Robert Collet (FR)
5 snk Irish Wells 3 Dominique Boeuf François Rohaut (FR)
6 4 Sixties Icon 3 Frankie Dettori Jeremy Noseda (GB)
7 Shirocco 5 Christophe Soumillon André Fabre (FR)
  • Abbreviations: snk = short-neck; nk = neck

Winner's details

Further details of the winner, Rail Link.

Disqualification of Deep Impact

The pre-race favourite Deep Impact finished third, but was later disqualified after testing positive for Ipratropium bromide, a banned substance. The disqualification had left a sore spot on Deep Impact's reputation in Japan, with the sharp decline in attendance and betting of that year's Arima Kinen (which was also Deep Impact's retirement race) being attributed by critics to the controversy tainting the image of the horse, and by extension the sport in general among the Japanese public. One of the journalists eligible for voting in the JRA Award, Shunsuke Hamaki of Sports Hochi, also cited this scandal as to why he voted for Daiwa Major as Horse of the Year rather than Deep Impact, stating that fair play was violated by the scandal and "didn't consider the horse for Horse of the Year at all".