Thursday, 21 February, 2019

Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe: Enable and Frankie Dettori double up

Frankie Dettori on Enable Dettori could afford a look behind as Enable swept to victory in last year's Arc
Kristopher Love | 09 October, 2018, 20:28

Trained by William Haggas, Sea Of Class was given a supplementary entry at a cost of 120,000 euros (£107,000) to complete the field of 19 runners and is bidding to emulate her sire, Sea The Stars, who won the big race in 2009.

Gosden raised the possibility of Enable staying in training as a five-year-old in a bid to become the first horse to win the Arc three times.

While this was by no means a strong renewal, with the likes of Enable's stablemate Cracksman, Crystal Ocean and Poet's Word all absent, Enable had missed much of the current campaign due to injury and had just one run before the 1m4f contest, albeit an impressive comeback at Kempton.

Winx herself will not better her 130 rating for her Turnbull Stakes performance.

Enable was always travelling strongly at Longchamp on the heels of the leaders and the packed grandstands roared as she hit the front.

She rattled home once in the clear to set up an epic finish, but Enable had just enough in the tank to claim a popular victory.

"It has not been easy, we actually had a slight hiccup between Kempton and here, a temperature thing", said Gosden.

"She wasn't at her best today".

"She's only had a canter round Kempton (this season) - she was not the Enable of previous year, but she got the job done because of her class". "It's entirely down the filly and her guts and she was given a lovely ride by Frankie".

The four-year-old filly, trained by John Gosden, defied an injury-hit season to become just the eighth dual victor of the famous race, though it was far from straightforward for the favourite. "He wanted to come here and if she's in good form there's no reason you wouldn't try to come again", added Gosden.

As for the unnaturally tall Doyle, he was stoic after wasting down to 8st 9lb - three pounds lighter than his usual minimum racing weight - to keep the ride on Sea Of Class.

Haggas reflected: "We'd have got her in another stride, . He said "don't change your tactics, drop her out the back and pray".

Sheikh Abdullah concluded: "In the coming years, we would like to see more people from Qatar in this event and we will have Marid, who won the Qatar Arabian Trophy Des Poulains over 2000m at Saint-Cloud two days ago". Trained by Saeed bin Suroor, the two-year-old colt could be a Classic contender next year - this success followed an eyecatching win at last month's St Leger meeting at Doncaster.