Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
Grade 1, ParisLongchamp 15:05
€4,999,999 added,
3yo plus,
1m 4f, Class 1    
Sunday 7th October 2018

1 Enable 10/11F
2 Sea of Class 4/1
3 Cloth Of Stars 20/1
4 Waldgeist 4/1
19 ran Distances: snk, ¾l, ¾l
Time: 2m 29.24s (fast by 1.26s)

Enable becomes the eighth dual-winner of the race

A sixth Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe win for Frankie Dettori

Enable just held on to foil the late charge of Sea Of Class and successfully defend her crown in a sensational race at ParisLongchamp.

John Gosden's Enable was a brilliant winner of Europe's premier middle-distance contest last season and although she missed much of the current campaign through injury, an impressive comeback at Kempton ensured she was a red-hot favourite to become the eighth dual winner of the Arc.

Ridden by Frankie Dettori, Enable was always travelling strongly on the heels of the leaders and the packed grandstands roared as she hit the front.

Sea Of Class
© Racenews
Sea Of Class

In contrast, having been drawn out wide, the William Haggas-trained Sea Of Class was dropped out last by James Doyle and was still a long way off the pace rounding the home turn.

She rattled home once in the clear to set up an epic finish, but Enable had just enough in the tank to claim a popular victory. Cloth Of Stars was third.

Gosden said: “It’s not been the preparation we wanted, it’s been very difficult. I actually had a hiccup between Kempton and here with a slight temperature, so it has not been easy.

“She wasn’t at her best today. I’ve had a difficult year with her and started with a bit more hair than I have now. It’s entirely down to the filly and her guts and a lovely ride from Frankie.

“The ground is a little slick – I’d liked to have seen more rain – but she’s got the job done and it’s very much down to her mind and ability.

“She’s a wonderful filly and it’s an enormous sense of relief.”

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.

He added: “It’s great for Prince Khalid (Abdullah, owner-breeder). He wanted to come here and if she’s in good form there’s no reason you wouldn’t try to come again.”

Abdullah’s racing manager, Teddy Grimthorpe, said: “She is unbelievable. It is so exciting and it was an extraordinary ride by Frankie, he pressed the button at the right time.

“The other filly came to her and she was getting a little bit tired. She probably needed the race, but what a great job done by John and everyone at Clarehaven.

“For Prince Khalid, it’s truly unbelievable. He’s here today and he’s absolutely loved it. It’s truly an emotional day for everyone.

“She had the dream trip and we were lucky like that. It was an extraordinary horse race.”

“That (coming back next year) will be up to Prince Khalid.”

Qatar Prix De L'Arc De Triomphe
€4,999,999 added, 3yo plus, 1m 4f, Class 1
19 ran
Going: Good

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (6) Enable 10/11f L Dettori
9-2
J H M Gosden 4
2nd (15) nk Sea of Class (IRE) 4/1 James Doyle
8-9
W J Haggas 3
3rd (9) ¾ Cloth Of Stars (IRE) 20/1 V Cheminaud
9-5
A Fabre 5
4th (13) ¾ Waldgeist 4/1 P C Boudot
9-5
A Fabre 4
5th (4) Capri (IRE) 25/1 D O'Brien
9-5
A P O'Brien 4
6th (7) ½ Salouen (IRE) 80/1 Oisin Murphy
9-5
S Kirk 4
7th (14) nk Kew Gardens (IRE) 7/1 R L Moore
8-12
A P O'Brien 3
8th (3) nk Nelson (IRE) 80/1 M C Hussey
8-12
A P O'Brien 3
9th (19) nk Study Of Man (IRE) 40/1 S Pasquier
8-12
P Bary 3
10th (16) ¾ Magical (IRE) 40/1 W M Lordan
8-9
A P O'Brien 3
11th (10) ½ Way To Paris 125/1 G Mosse
9-5
A Marcialis 5
12th (5) ¾ Tiberian (FR) 100/1 W Buick
9-5
A Couetil 6
13th (8) Talismanic 20/1 M Barzalona
9-5
A Fabre 5
14th (2) nk Patascoy (FR) 33/1 O Peslier
8-12
X Thomas Demeaulte 3
15th (18) ½ Defoe (IRE) 40/1 Andrea Atzeni
9-5
R Varian 4
16th (12) Hunting Horn (IRE) 40/1 J A Heffernan
8-12
A P O'Brien 3
17th (1) 2 Clincher (JPN) 66/1 Y Take
9-5
H Miyamoto 4
18th (11) Neufbosc (FR) 33/1 C Demuro
8-12
Mme P Brandt 3
19th (17) 99 Louis D'or (IRE) 150/1 A Hamelin
8-12
T Castanheira 3