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Dettori: Love can conquer all in Arc


Enable ridden by Frankie Dettori (front right) wins The Darley Yorkshire Oaks in 2017

Enable ridden by Frankie Dettori (front right) wins The Darley Yorkshire Oaks in 2017

Enable ridden by Frankie Dettori (front right) wins The Darley Yorkshire Oaks in 2017

He may be set to partner two-time Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Enable but Frankie Dettori has no hesitation in saying that Aidan O'Brien's Love deserves to be favourite when the pair collide in the French showpiece at Longchamp.

The tantalising clash already has tongues wagging and despite going off favourite in every start since her Epsom Oaks win in 2017, Dettori expects Enable to be pipped in the betting by O'Brien's young gun Love.

Love (2/1 favourite) warmed up for her Arc bid in scintillating fashion with a comprehensive Yorkshire Oaks victory and considering that she will receive 7lb from Enable (3/1) on October 4, Dettori knows that a formidable challenger stands in the way of an unprecedented third win in the Arc.

"Love has now won the Guineas by four (and a quarter) lengths, the Oaks by nine and the Yorkshire Oaks by five, she's a three-year-old who gets all the allowances," the Italian jockey said in his Sporting Index blog.

"You'd have to say she's now entitled to her place at the top of the betting for the Arc. It'll be an amazing contest and it's without a doubt the best race that we've got in Europe, and to win it you've got to be the very best."

Dettori is back on British soil after a successful spell in France and he is looking forward to being reacquainted with the brilliant six-year-old on Saturday week at Kempton.

"I wouldn't have missed the ride on Enable for anything, no chance. She's so special and it doesn't matter if it's the Arc or the warm-up race at Kempton, I'm not missing the ride," he said.

Meanwhile, good ground will decide Romanised's next target as Ken Condon's stable star bids to bounce back from a disappointing fifth in the Prix Jacques le Marois earlier this month.

"He'll do a bit of work next week and we'll keep an eye on the weather in Paris with a view to the Prix du Moulin. There's a good chance he'll go there," Condon said.

"He'll also have entries in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and the Prix de la Foret, but ground will dictate where he goes. He needs good ground so we'll be watching the weather closely, but he's good after Deauville."

Elsewhere, British champion apprentice jockey Cieren Fallon, son of six-time former champion rider Kieren, has been appointed as second jockey to the powerful Qatar Racing.

Kerry native Oisín Murphy, who is reigning champion jockey, has the number one role with Qatar Racing but the stipulation that jockeys can only ride at one meeting per day has brought about the move for Fallon.

Lastly, today's flat card at Tipperary was cancelled after an inspection yesterday morning deemed that the track was unfit for racing.