Andre Fabre can boast a ludicrously strong hand in Sunday's Prix Niel at Longchamp.
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Ten times a winner of the main three-year-old trial for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, the pre-eminent French trainer has sent six of those - Trempolino, Subotica, Carnegie, Sagamix, Hurricane Run and Rail Link - on to glory in the big race itself three weeks later.
Leading his quartet is Flintshire, the ante-post Arc favourite after his towering victory in the Grand Prix de Paris.
However, the third that day, Ocovango, is also in his formidable line-up as well as the Godolphin France-owned Deauville Group Two winner Vancouverite and Team Valor's fluent Prix Eugene Adam scorer Triple Threat.
To add even more excitement, Aidan O'Brien's Investec Derby winner Ruler Of The World is back on the track for the first time since his slightly disappointing follow-up bid in the Irish Derby.
Quietly fancied, though, seems to be the Japanese representative Kizuna, who has won five of his seven starts to date.
A versatile performer, the colt has not appeared since taking the Japanese Derby in late May and is a son of the Far East legend Deep Impact, who was controversially disqualified due to testing positive for a banned substance when third to Rail Link in 2006.
The familiar face of Yutaka Take takes the reins and trainer Shozo Sasaki said: "He's where he should be for a trial, I'd say at about 85 per cent.
"In the beginning when he first got to France he was pretending to be meek and quiet, but now that he's used to things he's acting up again. In a good way, he's the same. I'm looking forward to seeing how well he can do
"The Arc almost always favours three-year-olds. Kizuna is mentally strong and can handle all the difficulties that go along with racing overseas. That is why I asked the owner to enter him in the race."