Enable wins Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe; on to Breeders' Cup?

Annette Crawford
October 9, 2018

Frankie Dettori won the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Enable on Sunday, repeating his success from past year.

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.

But John Gosden's filly was on the ropes in the last 50 yards and saved by the bell as William Haggas's Sea Of Class and James Doyle, last turning for home with two-and-a-half furlongs to run, wove their way through the field and thundered down the outside in the final furlong. The other filly came to her.

Yet Enable's win in the colours of owner-breeder Prince Khalid Abduallah is testament to the patience of Newmarket trainer John Gosden.

"She was not at her best". She actually likes to train and she wasn't able to do that, so it's a matter of keeping them happy and within themselves, not letting them over-extend.

"It was my 30th Arc and you'd think I'd be used to it but I was so nervous this morning", said the 47-year-old Italian Dettori.

With this victory the mare bay brown, age 4, was reported to its owner in saudi Khalid Abdullah more than 2.8 million euros promised to the victor on the $ 5 million in various bonuses offered by Qatar.

"I waited as long as I could and at the 300 pole she showed her trademark turn of foot".

"He knows the track and I'm looking forward to seeing him run", the 48-year-old told Irish state broadcaster RTE.

"That (coming back next year) will be up to Prince Khalid". Everybody wanted her to win and I had to get it right. She probably needed the race, but what a great job done by John and everyone at Clarehaven.

Christopher Tsui, who owns Sea Of Class with his mother, Ling, said: "I am still shaking as the emotions are running high, the way she finished reminded me of Zenyatta".

"She wasn't at her best today. I'm thrilled to bit", he said.

Royal Marine took the hike from maiden company to the top level in his stride as he landed the Qatar Prix Jean Luc-Lagardere to give Oisin Murphy a 10th Group One success of the year.

"Having the Qatar Arabian World Cup run just before the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triompne race has brought several benefit".

Mabs Cross gained a well-deserved Group One triumph in the Prix de l'Abbaye, after an agonising defeat in the Nunthorpe Stakes at York.

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