Five-times Group One-winning Flat racehorse Sea The Stars is heading the list of potential runners in the 2009 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe next weekend.

Sea The Stars is one of 24 horses left in the race at this stage — which is to be held at Longchamp, Paris on Sunday (4 October).

The John Oxx-trained three-year-old son of Cape Cross, who has won the Derby and 2000 Guineas already this season, will be bidding for his sixth consecutive Group One win. His dam, Urban Sea, won the race in 1993.

A second forfeit stage will happen tomorrow (Wednesday 30 September).

He could face competition from up to six Aidan O’Brien trained horses — including Fame And Glor and Yeats — as well as contenders from trainers Sir Michael Stoute (Spanish Moon and Conduit), John Gosden’s Dar Re Mi and Mick Channon’s Youmzain.

Connections are also hoping the weather holds out — the forecast is generally dry for Paris next week — as Sea The Stars won’t be risked if the ground is too soft.