By Duane Fonseca
Waldgeist gatecrashed the Enable party at Longchamp on Sunday denying trainer John Gosden supermare a historic third Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Sunday
This year’s Arc weekend had been all about Enable winning French racing’s most prestigious race, but Andre Fabre’s charge had other plans and in the hands of Pierre-Charles Boudot, Waldgeist, the 5yo son of Galileo, showed much courage to stage a stunning success with a late charge.
Held up in midfield for most of the race, Boudot switched Waldgeist wide with a little under two furlongs left and he burst forward superbly even as Enable went to the front. In what was a strong show of guts and determination, Waldgeist surged ahead in the final 50m to win by a length and three fourths. Enable was second a further length and three fourths ahead of Sottsass.
It was Fabre’s eighth success in the race. He won for the first time in 1987 with Trempolino.
Fabre said: “I’m very proud that Waldgeist managed to beat such a fantastic mare. I'm delighted. He gave me a lot of confidence at Ascot and Pierre-Charles said he could have won.
"The Arc is always a big race because you have the combination of the best mares and colts and it's a great race."
Gosden added: “She ran an absolutely brilliant race. Waldgeist came late and strong after they went a good pace. Frankie committed and went for it and with the ground testing her, it's hard to show that turn of foot and Waldgeist has outstayed her on the ground. Full credit to Andre.
"I'm happy with the race but she doesn't have the same explosive turn of foot on soft, she quickened up well but was outstayed in very testing conditions.”