Enable and Dettori win Arc for second straight year

Ruben Hill
October 9, 2018

The mare English Enable rise by the Italian Lanfranco Dettori, party favorite, has made a double on Sunday in the Prix de l'arc de Triomphe on the racecourse ParisLongchamp, his jockey, signing a sixth success in the race queen of the hunting world.

Sea Of Class, sired by 2009 victor Sea The Stars, was some way off the leaders in the home turn but picked up pace rapidly to push Enable to the line, but Dettori's mount won by a neck in a thrilling finish.

"It's not been the preparation we wanted".

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.

"She did everything I asked and just cruised through and in another three strides we would have won", Doyle said.

The Nathaniel filly joined en elite list of turf greats in winning the most prestigious race in Europe for a second time on Sunday - and having had a truncated season, all talk is of whether she will be back next year.

While this was probably not up to last season's scintillating form when she landed the Oaks, Irish Oaks, Yorkshire Oaks, King George and handed out a four-length beating to the decent Ulysses in the Arc, should still followed up in style.

"What a genius John Gosden is, to win an Arc with that interrupted preparation".

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

Had his challenge come off it would have been ride of the century, let alone the year.

Everybody wanted her to win and I had to get it right. It was a great effort and a close one to lose. I've had a hard year with her.

"If she's fit and well, she'd only be five years old - that's like reaching a zenith in a way for a Flat horse - so it would be great".

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".

Unfortunately, Haggas will be in a minority there - everyone would love to see the rematch and Enable to, at least, attempt an unprecedented third Arc.

"[Runner-up] Sea Of Class was wonderfully ridden by James Doyle, coming off a very strong pace set by Aidan O'Brien's St Leger horses, tying to stretch her to the limit".

Boudot had earlier sprung a surprise on Lily's Candle for trainer Fabrice Vermeulen in the Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac.

Wild Illusion, which won the Boussac 12 months ago, again showed her class as she backed up her Nassau success in the Prix de l'Opera under William Buick.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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