Novellist wins prep ahead of Arc bid

  • Last Updated: September 3 2013, 9:59 BST

Novellist cemented his position towards the head of the market for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe with victory at Baden-Baden.

Novellist: Notched up another victory at Baden-Baden
Novellist: Notched up another victory at Baden-Baden

A best of 5/1 was on offer after the win in Germany on Sunday.

Andreas Wohler's four-year-old was sent off a hot favourite to take the Group 1 contest but for a moment it appeared that short-price punters could have been in for an upset as stable companion, Seismos, attempted to steal the race from the front.

Eddie Pedroza refused to panic on the Monsun colt and he could afford to coast home to victory as he appeared to relish every yard of the 1m 4f trip.

Johnny Murtagh has already been booked to take the mount in Paris and the bookmakers were largely unmoved in their response to the victory.

Stan James go the shortest price at 7/2 although big guns Coral, William Hill and Ladbrokes all offer 5/1 about his chance in the October showpiece.

That quote makes Novellist the joint favourite on best price, alongside Flintshire, who won July's Grand Prix De Paris at Longchamp.

  • Posted at 1705 BST on 01/09/2013.