THE anticipation of a star-studded field lining up for the 100th Group 1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe was realised on Sunday as the mighty quartet of Adayar, Hurricane Lane, Tarnarwa and Snowfall all arrived in Paris looking to stake their claim as Europe’s leading middle-distance horse.

As Adayar (121) struck for home and Hurricane Lane (124) and Tarnawa (124) manoeuvred into challenging positions, the stage looked set for the expected epic clash.