Sport Horse Racing

Saturday 19 October 2019

Gosden: Enable 'older and wiser' for Arc bid

Trainer John Gosden. Photo: Edward Whitaker
Trainer John Gosden. Photo: Edward Whitaker
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

Enable is among 16 horses in Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and trainer John Gosden believes she is at her brilliant best ahead of her historic hat-trick bid in the French showpiece.

Enable (8/11 favourite) has been faultless this season with the daughter of Nathaniel stretching her unbeaten streak to 12 through Group One victories in the Coral-Eclipse, the King George and the Yorkshire Oaks ahead of her date with destiny.

Gosden believes his star mare is at her peak ahead of her return to Longchamp as the five-year-old - which will once again be partnered by Frankie Dettori - bids to become the first three-time winner of the Arc.

"She's got a little older and wiser, she's rather like a boxer who knows how to win on points - rather than going straight in for the immediate knockout," Gosden said yesterday.

"She's filled her frame and there's no doubt in my mind that a Flat thoroughbred horse is probably at their absolute peak at five. She's fully grown now and fully developed. We'll see how we go - there's some mighty opposition coming at us."

Aidan O'Brien has whittled his team down to three with Juddmonte International winner Japan (6/1) the likeliest to throw down the gauntlet, while the Ballydoyle maestro could also saddle Irish Champion Stakes heroine Magical (10/1) and Epsom Derby hero Anthony Van Dyck (33/1).

The leading hope for the home contingent is Jean-Claude Rouget's French Derby winner Sottsass (6/1) while tomorrow's supplementary stage could see a fly in the ointment added to the field before the draw is confirmed on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Adrian Heskin's trip across the Irish Sea to ride Djingle (4/5 favourite) paid off as John Queally's exciting chaser landed the Grade Three Ballymore Novice Chase at a rain-soaked Roscommon yesterday.

Today's Cork card is led by the Listed Navigation Stakes (3.35) where Up Helly Aa is favoured against the older brigade for Willie McCreery.

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