Tuesday 20 March 2018

Dettori wary of Winter threat

Frankie Dettori. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire
Frankie Dettori. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Thomas Kelly

Frankie Dettori has pinpointed Ulysses and Winter as Enable's most likely rivals in Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly.

However, having already beaten the Michael Stoute-trained Ulysses emphatically in the King George at Ascot and with Aidan O'Brien yet to confirm Winter as a definite runner, it is hardly surprising the bookmakers make John Gosden's filly an odds-on chance.

Enable is expected to be supplemented at a cost of €120,000 today and, with a big field looking likely, Dettori is hoping for a decent draw.

"I am really looking forward to the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, but of course I am feeling a bit nervous too," said the Italian. "Anything can happen in a big race and the worst thing about it now is that we still have a few days to go, so it's a long wait!

"I expect it's going to be a big field and there will be a lot of dangers in the race. She needs a good draw and Chantilly can be a bit tricky. I don't doubt the filly's ability, but you also need a bit of luck in the Arc. The main danger for me is Ulysses.

"If Winter turns up she'll also be a threat, but there is a question mark about her stamina. I mean you have to be aware of everything, but they're the two I'd be frightened of the most."

French Guineas and Derby hero Brametot is reported to have been showing the right signs at home after disappointing last time.


He finished behind Eminent in last month's Prix Guillaume d'Ornano at Deauville, but connections have been happy with what they have been seeing on the gallops recently.

Al Shaqab Racing bought into the Jean-Claude Rouget-trained Brametot before he won the Prix du Jockey Club and racing manager Harry Herbert said: "He has only run one poor race in his life and there was a good reason for it.

"He had to be wrong. He just ran no race at all, he didn't even move well to post, and we subsequently found that he had ricked his back. He's a different horse how and Rupert Pritchard-Gordon, who looks after Al Shaqab's interests in France, has been very buoyant of late while Jean-Claude has liked what he's seen too.

"Thankfully he looks much better, there are a lot of positives going into the weekend but if there had been no change, we'd have been very worried."

Fozzy Stack, meanwhile, is debating whether to let Son Of Rest take his chance in the Prix de l'Abbaye.

Son Of Rest bolted up in a premier handicap at the Curragh in June and while he disappointed at Listed level at Tipperary, he showed his true colours when third behind dual Group One winner Caravaggio in the in the Flying Five Stakes earlier this month.

"We've left him in the Abbaye and we'll have a look at the race later in the week," said Stack. "He's also in at Haydock, so we'll see what happens. "If he doesn't run, there's a Listed race he'll probably go for the following week."

Irish Independent

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