Fears that the 102nd Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe would be a sodden affair are evaporating in the glorious Paris sun today, and so too are the odds of an enormous shock. Ace Impact, whose unbeaten record includes triumphs on all types of ground, is the race favorite at Longchamp Racecourse, with Hukum and Westover being hotly tipped too.
Read on and we'll show you how to watch the Arc de Triomphe from anywhere with a VPN, and potentially for FREE.
The big question concerning Ace Impact is that he's an unknown quantity at a mile and a half. Hukum, trained by Owen Burrows, has not only won six career races at this distance, including the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes in June, but done the business come rain or shine. Perhaps most crucially of all, he's been drawn into the much-vaunted No.1 stall.
If he pulled it off he'd go down as the first ever six-year-old to win the Arc de Triomphe, a potentially meaningless statistic given that the race has been won by a seven-year-old, albeit only once and all the way back in 1932.
Westover is another runner generating hype, having raced home in sixth a year ago, before kicking on this season. The Ralph Beckett-trained four-year-old has a decent record at this distance but will be right on the outside in stall No.15.
With £2,380,833 up for grabs for the winner, it's Europe's richest race, so read on as we explain how to watch the 2023 Arc de Triomphe live stream. We've also listed the runners and riders at the bottom of this page.
How to watch the Arc de Triomphe live stream for FREE
If you're fortunate enough to live in the U.K. or Australia, you can enjoy the Arc de Triomphe live stream for FREE. ITV4 and ITVX have live coverage in the UK, while Racing.com is showing it on TV and online Down Under.
But what if you're usually based in one of those countries but aren't at home for that free Arc de Triomphe coverage? Perhaps, you're on holiday and don't want to spend money on a paid streaming service in a foreign country when you'd usually be able to watch for free at home.
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Using a VPN is incredibly simple.
1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN is our favorite.
2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance if you're in the U.S. and want to view a U.K. service, you'd select U.K. from the list.
3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to ITVX or another service and watch the race.
2023 Arc de Triomphe live streams by country
How to watch the 2023 Arc de Triomphe live stream for FREE in the U.K.
As mentioned above, ITV4 and ITVX are providing FREE coverage of the 2023 Arc de Triomphe in the U.K., with live coverage of the event getting underway at 1pm BST on Sunday, and the main race set to begin at 3:05 p.m..
Just bear in mind that you will need a valid U.K. TV license in order to watch the races on TV or via online streaming.
If you're not currently in the U.K. and have a valid TV license, you can still watch an Arc de Triomphe live stream by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN.
Can you watch the 2023 Arc de Triomphe live stream in the U.S.?
The Arc de Triomphe was shown live on FS2 and the Fox Sports website with a valid login in the U.S. a year ago, but at the time of publication the network hasn't confirmed if it will be showing the action from Longchamp in 2023.
However, FS2 will be airing a horse racing highlights show from 9:30 a.m E.T. to 10:30 a.m. E.T. on Sunday morning, which coincides nicely with the Arc de Triomphe, which is set to begin at 10:05 a.m. E.T..
FS2 may be included as part of your cable TV package.
Another option would be Sling TV: the Sling Blue package starts at $40 per month and comes with more than 30 channels including Fox Sports 2. Or you could go for Fubo. Its Pro Plan costs $75 per month with a 1-week free trial but gives you 121 channels, including Fox Sports 2, plus lots more for sports fans to enjoy. We recommend Sling and Fubo as two of the best streaming services.
If you already use those services but aren't in the U.S. right now, you can watch FS2 live by using a VPN such as ExpressVPN. Remember that if you're tuning into ITVX from the U.S., you still need to have a valid U.K. TV license in order to use the service.
How to watch the 2023 Arc de Triomphe live stream in Australia
In Australia, the 2023 Arc de Triomphe live stream will be shown on the free Racing.com TV channel and the Racing.com website.
The main race starts at 12.05 a.m. AEST in the early hours of Monday morning, with live coverage getting underway at 11pm on Sunday night.
Once again, one of the best VPN services will help Australians who aren't at home tune in to the streaming services they already subscribe to.
2023 Arc de Triomphe runners and riders
The following is a list of the runners and riders of the 2023 Arc de Triomphe:
|2||Feed The Flame||Christophe Soumillon|
|3||Free Wind||Frankie Dettori|
|4||Haya Zark||Gerald Mosse|
|5||Through Seven Seas||Christophe Lemaire|
|6||Bay Bridge||Richard Kingscote|
|8||Ace Impact||Cristian Demuro|
|10||Mr Hollywood||Bauyrzhan Murzabayev|
|11||Place Du Carrousel||Mickael Barzalona|
|12||Fantastic Moon||Rene Piechulek|
|15||Simca Mille||Alexis Pouchin|