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Dettori repeats Arc de Triomphe success on flying Enable

09 October 2018

Enable has repelled the late charge of Sea Of Class to defend her crown in thrilling finish to the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at ParisLongchamp.

John Gosden's four-year-old filly became the first British-trained horse to win Europe's top middle-distance race twice and the eighth dual victor of the continent's richest contest.

Enable was always travelling strongly at Longchamp on the heels of the leaders and the packed grandstands roared as she hit the front.

But John Gosden's filly was on the ropes in the last 50 yards and saved by the bell as William Haggas's Sea Of Class and James Doyle, who had been last turning for home with 2½ furlongs to run, wove their way through the field and thundered down the outside in the final furlong.

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"Yes, Enable won the race but it was a very narrow margin from the filly (Sea Of Class) and both of them were in receipt of a three pound sex allowance from Cloth of Stars (third) and Waldgeist (fourth)", Carpenter said on Monday.

Gosden said: "It's not been the preparation we wanted".

"The truth is even after [Enable's comeback win at] Kempton we had another hiccup, because she had a slight temperature and her blood was wrong". Without doubt Enable is the best filly I have ridden and she could write history on Sunday. I've had a hard year with her and started with a bit more hair than I have now. "It's entirely down the filly and her guts and she was given a lovely ride by Frankie".

"She's only had a canter round Kempton (this season) - she was not the Enable of past year, but she got the job done because of her class".

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Gosden raised the possibility of Enable staying in training as a five-year-old in a bid to become the first horse to win the Arc three times.

"It's great for Prince Khalid (Abdullah, owner-breeder)". He added: "If she's in good form there's no reason you wouldn't try to come again". "I've found the mare of a year ago when she gave her kidney shot to 300 yards from the goal", said Lanfranco Dettori during a press conference. "She came from the back, and the last 100 metres were long for me - because having taken control of the race she was certainly tiring".

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".

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Dettori repeats Arc de Triomphe success on flying Enable