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Enable confirms with dominant Arc performance

01 October 2017

Enable came into the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, final stage of the Epiqe Series on the flat, on the back of four consecutive Group 1 victories and shortly before the quarter-hour bells rang after four o’clock on Sunday at Chantilly, she had another top-flight win in the bag, this time the most coveted prize on the European circuit. With a typically powerful run, the John Gosden-trained three year-old cemented herself as the premier middle-distance horse this side of the Atlantic.
Sent out odds-on favourite, she had previously routed the talented Ulysses in the King George at Ascot and neither he nor 1,000 Guineas winner, Winter, could muster more support than the 12/1 they received on the French PMU. Frankie Dettori broke well and was soon tracking King George third, Idaho, and Irish Saint-Leger winner, Order Of St George. At the quarter-post, he asked the question and was immediately rewarded with another thundering burst of acceleration, to record a facile 2½ lengths victory from Prix Ganay winner, Cloth Of Stars. Ulysses finished best of Ballydoyle’s five runners, a further 1¼ lengths away in third. Order Of St George and Brametot stayed on respectably to take fourth and fifth respectively.
With this success, Enable became the first three year-old filly trained in the British Isles to land the Arc. This was Dettori’s fifth Arc victory and has now become the winning-most jockey in the history of the race. Gosden, who was forced to wait until Golden Horn in 2015 to win his first Arc, has now secured a second in the space of three years. Enable also continued the recent trend of distaff Arc dominance; fillies have now won six of the last seven editions.
Picture: Frankie Dettori on board impressive Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner, Enable