Enable wins Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe; on to Breeders' Cup?

A lot is riding on Waldgeist at the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe

A lot is riding on Waldgeist at the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe Credit Getty Images

Enable, injured a knee in the spring and had raced only once this year, has enabled the magician Lanfranco Dettori to become a record holder of victories in this legendary race for its 30th participation.

"It's not been the preparation we wanted, it's been very hard".

"If she's in great order, her owner/breeder Khalid Abdullah will make the decision, but it would be wonderful if he felt she would like to go for it", he said.

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

However, that absence may turn out to be a blessing in disguise as far as her Arc defence is concerned, as she at least returns to France a fresh horse, whereas plenty of her rivals may be battle tired at the end of a long year. "So like Enable, she wouldn't get anywhere near 130 for her win on Saturday". "It's entirely down the filly and her guts and she was given a lovely ride by Frankie".

The Nathaniel filly joined en elite list of turf greats in winning the most prestigious race in Europe for a second time on Sunday - and having had a truncated season, all talk is of whether she will be back next year.

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An emotional Maureen Haggas, assistant to her husband, paid tribute to Doyle, saying: "When we got the draw, I rang my father (Lester Piggott) and said "oh, what do we do"?" She probably needed the race, but what a great job done by John and everyone at Clarehaven. Without doubt Enable is the best filly I have ridden and she could write history on Sunday.

Christopher Tsui, who owns Sea Of Class with his mother, Ling, said: "I am still shaking as the emotions are running high, the way she finished reminded me of Zenyatta".

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

"[Runner-up] Sea Of Class was wonderfully ridden by James Doyle, coming off a very strong pace set by Aidan O'Brien's St Leger horses, tying to stretch her to the limit". It was rough enough for her today.

Enable and Frankie Dettori (rail) hold off Sea of Class for a repeat victory in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Murphy was just out of luck in the Prix de l'Abbaye sprint when Yorkshire businessman Steve Parkin's Soldier's Call was caught late on by Mabs Cross and Gold Vibe.

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