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27 Sep 2018
Issue Number: Issue 648
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Successful return will Enable filly defend Arc crown


IMPERIOUS when winning the 2017 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly, Enable returned in style from 11 months absence to leave King George runner-up Crystal Ocean in her wake and prove her wellbeing to defend her crown, back at its traditional venue, ParisLongchamp, in ten days. Five times a Group One winner last year, the 4yo daughter of Nathaniel looked in great shape during the preliminaries and was very keen on the way to post, but still started a very hot favourite. After the enforced absence of pacemaker and stablemate Weekender, Frankie Dettori took the initiative on the Khalid Abdullah star, who showed the way, setting a decent clip ahead of Crystal Ocean in the early stages. Turning for home, he pushed the button 2f out and surged clear of Sir Michael Stoute’s colt to score cosily by three and a half lengths without resorting to the whip. Trainer John Gosden said: “I was confident Enable would do that today as she’s high class. That was a nice race for both horses if you’re having a prep for an Arc and it was good to see Enable back, as it’s been a long wait. “She’ll come on for that as she was only 80% fit, 85 at a stretch, but she’s in a good place mentally and she’s enjoyed it. It’s been very frustrating for her, as it has for us, especially when she’s seen the other horses going out on the Heath.” Dettori was also impressed: “That was awesome. I wasn’t sure how fit she was as she’s only being going a mile at home, but then she’s trained by a master trainer. She has the job done and felt as good as ever. Bring on the Arc!” Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to the winning owner, said: “We came here wanting a good comeback and we had one. “If it had turned into a ding dong battle with Crystal Ocean and she lost she would still have gone to the Arc, but to see her return like that was very pleasing. It’s great that after 11 months out she came here and still knows what it’s all about.”

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