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Enable is no Long' shot but worth an historic punt


Aidan O’Brien

Aidan O’Brien

Aidan O’Brien

I've enjoyed watching many famous horses down through the years in Ireland, Britain and France without opening my wallet - although I must admit that I can't help having a few bob on the John Gosden-trained Enable in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp tomorrow.

It's not that she's amazing value around 6/5, it's more the fact that I want the chance to be a little part of history by having a punt on her, as a bit of consolation for not being able to travel to France to be there for the occasion in real life.

The bet is a little indulgence, I suppose, in this gloomy Covid world, and in years to come when I'm watching what will be a very boring episode of 'Reeling In the Years' for 2020, if they decide to show the Arc, I want to be able to look back and have a happy memory of winning a few quid on what could be a truly historic race.

Of course, that's assuming she wins, which is not guaranteed, and, as we all know, no horse has won the Arc three times.

She failed in her bid last year where she was narrowly outstayed by Waldgeist, but with Aidan O'Brien scratching Love from the line-up on Thursday with more rain forecast for Paris, her chances have been given a serious boost. It's a pity about Love as it would have made for a great race, but on the other hand it does clear the way for Enable to become a living legend, with the biggest dangers being stablemate Stradivarius and the Jean-Claude Rouget-trained Sottsass.

Apart from Enable's connections, it would be a wonderful icing-on-the-cake win for the race's most successful jockey Frankie Dettori, who despite showing no sign of slowing down, is in the autumn of his career aged 49. Whether you are having a bet or not, get yourself in front of the TV for this one.

If I can get today's racing to pay for my bet on Enable, all the better, and I reckon Terebellum is a nice bit of value around 9/2 to help me out on that front in the Fillies' and Mares' Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket (2.45).

Also trained by John Gosden, she won a Group Two here in June, and traded below 1/5 in-running on Betfair when narrowly beaten by Circus Maximus in the Queen Anne.

She wasn't disgraced last time out when third in the Falmouth Stakes to stablemate Nazeef, which opposes again today, as the pace simply didn't suit.

Champers Elysees is the likely favourite having given Johnny Murtagh his first Group One success as a trainer recently.

At Ascot, the word on the street is that Kynren (11/2) is primed to win the Challenge Cup Handicap (3.05) for the second year in-a-row. Rated 4lbs higher this time on 105, he's recently had a wind op and jockey William Carver claims a useful 5lbs.

On the same card, a chance is taken on Cape Byron, which has been chalked up at 9/4 for the Group Three John Guest Racing Bengough Stakes (3.40). Another one going for a repeat of last year's win, Roger Varian's gelding ended last season tamely when finishing down the field in the Champions Sprint Stakes, but he's just not at Group One level and this is a bit more realistic.

Finally, Little Light gets the nod around 100/30, in the Bigmore Will Writing And Estate Planning Handicap Chase (4.04 Fontwell).