Enable claims second Arc

Enable holds out the fast finishing Sea of Class
Enable holds out the fast finishing Sea of Class

Champion mare Enable became just the eighth horse to claim Europe’s premier weight-for-age race twice when winning the Gr.1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2400m) on Sunday in the hands of Frankie Dettori. 

In front of Paris-Longchamp’s new €140 million grandstand the reigning champion emerged best in a finish for the Arc ages, holding off the younger filly Sea Of Class by a rapidly diminishing short-neck.

Enable suffered a knee injury in May and had an unorthodox preparation for the Arc, winning on the All Weather track at Kempton 29 days earlier. 

“It’s been a nightmare getting her here and I promise you she was 85 percent,” winning trainer John Gosden said.

It was the sixth Arc victory for jockey Frankie Dettori in his 30th ride in the race. 

“What a genius John Gosden is, to win an Arc with that interrupted preparation,” Dettori said.

“In the last 50m 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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