Enable and Frankie Dettori make history with emphatic Arc triumph

Sun 1 Oct 2017

Watch how the outstanding Enable proved a class apart in the Arc at Chantilly on Sunday. For the full result, click here

By Racinguk.com staff

Enable was a stunning winner of the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly - in the process giving Frankie Dettori a record fifth win in the showpiece.

John Gosden's brilliant filly lined up as the hot favourite for Europe's premier middle-distance contest, worth about £2.5 million to the winner, after four consecutive victories at the top-level in the Oaks, the Irish Oaks, the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Yorkshire Oaks.

The three-year-old made a fast start from stall two and Frankie Dettori always had her well positioned in behind Aidan O'Brien's pair of Idaho and Order Of St George.

The popular Italian gave Enable her head racing inside the final two furlongs and she quickly stamped her class, quickening clear in stunning fashion to seal a dominant success.

Dettori, winning the Arc for an unprecedented fifth time, said: "I was very confident all week. She is a tremendous filly."

What made the performance all the more staggering was how keen Enable was for much of the mile-and-a-half journey. Dettori had his mount in the perfect place throughout, but she refused to settle.

However, the daughter of Nathaniel still had more than enough in the tank to leave her toiling rivals trailing in her wake in the straight.

It was a second Arc success for Gosden following the victory of Golden Horn two years ago.

Cloth Of Stars filled the runner-up spot, two and a half lengths away, with Sir Michael Stoute's Coral-Eclipse and Juddmonte International hero Ulysses another length and a quarter back in third.

Order Of St George, third behind stablemate Found 12 months ago, fared best of the Ballydoyle camp this time around in fourth.

Gosden said: "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 (Abdullah). 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. Maybe it would be wonderful to go to the opening of the new Longchamp and try to do it again."

While a decision on whether Enable will stay in training next year will ultimately be made by her owner, Gosden said: "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."

Reflecting on the performance, he added: "She showed an impressive turn of foot and acceleration to kill the field. She has amazing ability.

"Frankie got her in a great position. He's pretty good for an old jock!

"She's shown us at home that she's right in the zone. She's eating well and looking well and still has her summer coat.

"She enjoys her work. We don't ask her anything at home, we just let her enjoy herself, but she gave us every sign that she was ready to run a race like that again."

Dettori was keen to pay tribute to Gosden. He said: "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."

Ulysses finished fourth in last year's Breeders' Cup Turf and Stoute confirmed he is likely to return to America following his valiant effort in defeat.

He said: "He's run his race and there are no excuses regarding the ground as it rode well.

"I don't think he's had too hard a race and, if that's the case, we will take him to the Breeders' Cup Turf again."

Ulysses was ridden by British champion jockey Jim Crowley, who said: "I had a lovely position throughout, tracking Enable.

"He picked up well for me when I asked him in the straight, but the winner must be an exceptional filly."

Given Cloth Of Stars' Godolphin connection it is unsurprising that Sheikh Mohammed's operation are thinking of a possible Dubai campaign.

“Cloth of Stars ran a superb race," Lisa-Jane Graffard, the Godolphin representative, said of the runner-up.

"Even if he had found a way through earlier, he couldn’t have beaten the winner. He finished very well.

"He’s a really lovely horse, who has a lot of character but also a lot of quality. We will have to have a good think about his future. It is a possibility that he will have a break to then run in the Dubai Sheema Classic.”

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