Enable rules supreme with second success in Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

By Andy Stephens@StevoGG
Sun 7 Oct 2018

Watch a full replay of how the John Gosden-trained filly became the first British-trained horse to win two Arcs at ParisLongchamp on Sunday.

Enable became the first two-time British-trained winner of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at ParisLongchamp on Sunday.

John Gosden’s outstanding four-year-old filly held off the late thrust of Sea Of Class, another British-trained filly, by a short neck in a compelling finish. The Andre Fabre-trained pair, Cloth Of Stars and Waldgeist, were the next pair home.

Enable was always in the perfect position under Frankie Dettori, who was enjoying a sixth triumph in Europe’s premier middle-distance contest.

When the 47-year-old jockey asked her to put her stamp on the race, more than a furlong out, she burst three lengths clear and it seemed she might win in decisive style.

However, Sea Of Class, who had to weave her way through from a wide draw after typically racing in rear, finished with a rattle under James Doyle and was eating into her advantage with every stride near the finish.

The line came just in time for Enable and an exultant Dettori, who at no stage reached for his whip.

Enable clung on to became only the eighth horse in history to win the Arc twice.

In the immediate aftermath, Gosden added to the drama by revealing his outstanding filly had suffered a temperature in between her comeback win at Kempton last month and her date with destiny in Paris.

 Dettori savours a second Arc triumph on Enable (Focusonracing)
Dettori savours a second Arc triumph on Enable (Focusonracing)

He also spoke excitedly of attempting to win a third Arc with her in 12 months time.

"It's not been the preparation we wanted, it's been very difficult," Gosden said. "I actually had a hiccup between Kempton and here with a slight temperature, so it has not been easy.

"She wasn't at her best today. I've had a difficult year with her and started with a bit more hair than I have now. It's entirely down to the filly and her guts and a lovely ride from Frankie.

"The ground is a little slick - I'd liked to have seen more rain - but she's got the job done and it's very much down to her mind and ability.

"She's a wonderful filly and it's an enormous sense of relief."

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.

Treve was the last to attempt the feat in 2015, but could finish only fourth to the Gosden-trained Golden Horn.

Gosden said: "It's great for Prince Khalid (Abdullah, owner-breeder). He wanted to come here and if she's in good form there's no reason you wouldn't try to come again."

Abdullah's racing manager, Teddy Grimthorpe, said: "She is unbelievable. It is so exciting and it was an extraordinary ride by Frankie, he pressed the button at the right time.

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"The other filly came to her and she was getting a little bit tired. She probably needed the race, but what a great job done by John and everyone at Clarehaven.

"For Prince Khalid, it's truly unbelievable. He's here today and he's absolutely loved it. It's truly an emotional day for everyone.

"She had the dream trip and we were lucky like that. It was an extraordinary horse race. That (coming back next year) will be up to Prince Khalid."

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