Frankie Dettori repeats Arc de Triomphe success

Aubrey Yates
October 9, 2018

Even-money favourite Enable, trained by John Gosden, was run close by 4/1 shot Sea Of Class at Longchamp, but hung on to become only the eighth horse in history to win the Arc twice.

Dettori has now won the Arc a record six times: Lammtarra (1995), Sakhee (2001), Marienbard (2002), Golden Horn (2015), and twice aboard Enable (2017-2018).

Gosden also said the owner will make the final decision as to whether Enable will be aimed at November's Breeders' Cup.

With such a prep it was a case not so much of not being at her best, but not being able to be at her best.

"It was my 30th Arc and I was more nervous than ever, not to mention excited, but in the race I found myself in a fantastic spot", said Dettori.

"This is a horse that I have always given everything".

"She was not carting me as she can early on, but she came alive in the false straight and I thought there's life in the old girl".

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

"It's great for Prince Khalid". "In the last 50 yards we were on our hands and knees, I was trying to squeeze everything we could out of her and we got there".

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John Gosden has admitted it would be "wonderful" if Enable was kept in training as a five-year-old, with the aim of winning an unprecedented third Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

"We can just say that she did not win the race. After floating around Kempton and missing a gallop, it just told fitness-wise in the last 100 metres".

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

"It's not been the preparation we wanted, it's been very hard". She deserved to win. Everybody wanted her to win and I had to get it right. "She probably needed the race, but what a great job by John". It was a very fearless decision of James's to do what he did and it was a whisker away from coming off. Forget about Frankie and me, it's about the filly and the owner-breeder today. It's entirely down to the filly and her guts and a lovely ride from Frankie.

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.

Kew Gardens won over the course and distance in July winning the Group One Grand Prix de Paris.

"It's now a good day". The other filly came to her.

Godolphin enjoyed a Group One double with Royal Marine and Wild Illusion, foiling the Ballydoyle team and Ryan Moore on both occasions.

Alleged won the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in 1977, then went back and won it again in 1978.

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