Saturday 19 October 2019

Enable primed for tilt at historic third win in Longchamp feature

Enable will be flanked in the starting stalls by the Aidan O’Brien-trained pair of Magical and Japan (stock photo)
Enable will be flanked in the starting stalls by the Aidan O’Brien-trained pair of Magical and Japan (stock photo)

Thomas Kelly

Queen of the turf Enable will break from stall nine when she bids for a historic third victory in Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

John Gosden's brilliant mare became the eighth dual winner of Europe's premier middle-distance contest last season, and was kept in training as a five-year-old with the chief aim of becoming the first horse to win the race three times.

While she endured a troubled preparation last term, the current campaign has been faultless as she has stretched her top-level tally to 10, with a hat-trick of Group One wins in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown, the King George at Ascot and the Yorkshire Oaks at York.

The Khalid Abdullah-owned superstar is an odds-on favourite to claim what would be a momentous success at Longchamp under Frankie Dettori.

Enable will be flanked in the starting stalls by the Aidan O'Brien-trained pair of Magical and Japan.

Irish Champion Stakes winner Magical, which will be ridden by the trainer's son Donnacha, is in stall eight, with her Juddmonte International-winning stable companion Japan in 10 in the hands of Ryan Moore.

Jean-Claude Rouget's Prix du Jockey Club hero Sottsass is widely considered the chief hope for the home team, and he is drawn right against the inside rail in stall one.

Andre Fabre relies on Waldgeist (stall three) as he bids to add to his record tally of seven Arc wins.

Meanwhile, Crystal Ocean has been bought by Coolmore and will stand under its NH banner at The Beeches Stud in 2020.

The five-year-old suffered a career-ending injury on the gallops last month, bowing out with an official rating of 127 after a succession of fine performances.

He won the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot for Michael Stoute back in June, before pushing Enable all the way in an epic battle for the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes and finishing just a short head behind Japan in the Juddmonte International on what proved to be his final start.

The son of Sea The Stars bowed out with seven Group race victories to his name.

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