Enable surges clear to win the Arc de Triomphe

Filed on 2 Oct 2017 @ 08:39

The John Gosden-trained Enable (Nathaniel) ran out a dominant winner of the Group One Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly on Sunday, capping a season that has brought the daughter of Nathaniel five Group One victories.

The winner of the Oaks, the Irish Oaks, the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Yorkshire Oaks was sent off the even money favourite under Frankie Dettori and raced prominently before quickening clear in stunning fashion inside the final 400m. Cloth Of Stars ran on to take second, ahead of Ulysses in third.

Dettori said: "I was very confident all week...she is a tremendous filly. I said to John last week she is the best she has ever been. To keep this filly at 100 per cent all year is fantastic.

"I had position 'A', I knew I had no weight and she stays, so I kicked and she gave me four lengths and the race was over.

"She's amazing and is an absolute freak. I love her. John is a genius."

Gosden added: "She's very special and she was well positioned by Frankie in order to show her sheer class and brilliance.

"It's all about the filly and the owner-breeder Prince Khalid. He bred the mother and for his farm to produce something like this is exciting for us all.

"I think it would be wrong to run her again this year. I think to go to the Breeders' Cup would be wrong, too hard on the filly.

"If she's in great form we should consider next year. She has only raced for 10 months of her life.

"She had one little run last November, but really she's only had one season of racing. There would be every reason to keep her in training next year as a four-year-old, particularly with the new Longchamp opening.

"That would be exciting - to try to win the Arc on two different tracks."

Filed on 2 Oct 2017 @ 08:39