The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe has long been regarded as Europe's most prestigious all-aged Flat race, a monument to generational champions and the cream of the thoroughbred crop.
The autumn contest is now more than a century old and it remains the standard-bearer as horses from the likes of France, Britain, Ireland, Germany and Japan converge in Paris for the right to win the Arc and take a page in history.
We take a closer look at the Paris-Longchamp centrepiece.
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
3:05, Sunday 2nd October 2022
|How to watch||ITV Racing, Sky Sports Racing|
Luxembourg 4/1, Alpinista 11/2, Torquator Tasso 8/1, Titleholder 8/1, Onesto 9/1
The Arc traditionally takes place on the first Sunday in October, with this year's race set to be staged on 2nd October at 3.05 BST.
The race takes place at Paris-Longchamp racecourse on the outskirts of the French capital. The track is located on the Route des Tribunes at the Bois de Boulogne and it boasts multiple tracks, ranging in length from five-furlongs to two-miles.
Longchamp, recently redeveloped, has capacity for 50,000 spectators and it is home to more than half of the Group 1 races run in France annually.
In Britain, there is currently terrestrial coverage from ITV Racing, while Sky Sports Racing will also offer full live coverage of every race across the two-day Arc meeting at Longchamp.
Legendary French trainer Andre Fabre has won the Arc an unmatched eight times. His wins came with Trempolino (1987), Subotica (1992), Carnegie (1994), Peintre Celebre (1997), Sagamix (1998), Hurricane Run (2005), Rail Link (2006) and Waldgeist (2019).
John Gosden is the modern-day standard setter for UK trainers with three wins via Golden Horn (2015) and Enable (2017, 2018).
Ever the man for the big occasion, no jockey has ridden more Arc winners than Frankie Dettori's current tally of six. The iconic Italian has triumphed with Lammtarra (1995), Sakhee (2001), Marienbard (2002), Golden Horn (2015) and Enable (2017, 2018).
There have been eight repeat winners of the Arc but, as yet, no horse has ever managed to win a third time.
Ksar (1921, 1922) won the first two runnings, while superstar filly Enable (2017, 2018) is one of only two repeat winners this century, joining the outstanding French filly Treve, who scored for Criquette Head in 2013 and 2014.
Enable and Dettori finished second to Waldgeist in 2019 having led inside the final furlong on ground that was heavier than desired, while in 2020 she finished an honourable sixth behind Sottsass in what proved to be the final start of her illustrious career.
The prospect of a mouthwatering clash between unbeaten superstar Baaeed and 4/1 Luxembourg is officially off after William Haggas confirmed that the former will instead be aimed at the Champion Stakes at Ascot for the final start of his career.
Aidan O'Brien has though confirmed the Irish Champion Stakes winner Luxembourg has Longchamp in his sights.
Multiple Group 1-winning filly Alpinista is 11/2 for Sir Mark Prescott after landing the Yorkshire Oaks last time out, while the reigning champion, the German-trained Torquator Tasso, is 8/1 to follow up last year's stunning 80/1 victory.
French hope Onesto is 9/1 for Fabrice Chappet and was right behind Luxembourg at Leopardstown in the Irish Champion, while Charlie Appleby could saddle the likes of 10/1 Adayar or 33/1 Hurricane Lane - winners of the English and Irish Derby's in 2021 respectively.
Titleholder is 8/1 to end Japan's desperate quest for an Arc winner in what now looks a wide open contest following the news that Baaeed is not headed to Paris.