Wednesday 20 November 2019

Haggas puts 'Sea' in mix to take on Arc queen Enable

Sea of Class and jockey James Doyle. Photo: PA
Sea of Class and jockey James Doyle. Photo: PA

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Sea Of Class is set to take on last year's winner Enable after trainer William Haggas confirmed the Irish Oaks heroine will be added to the field for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at tomorrow's supplementary stage.

That means the mouthwatering clash between the two top fillies from the last two seasons will headline Europe's premier middle-distance race at ParisLongchamp on Sunday.

Enable won the Yorkshire Oaks ahead of lifting the Arc 12 months ago, and Sea Of Class enticed connections to allow her to take her chance after her impressive victory in that Group One at York in August.

"Yes, I think our plan is to supplement her," the Newmarket handler said.

"The weather forecast looks dry and we're happy with her, so that's the idea."

The daughter of 2009 Arc winner Sea The Stars is second-favourite at around 4-1 behind Enable, the 11-10 market leader, in the ante-post betting.

Whether she will be joined by stablemate Cracksman is still undecided, with trainer John Gosden monitoring ground conditions.

However, both featured among the 22 left in contention yesterday.

Aidan O'Brien has whittled his potential team for this year's renewal down to six, with St Leger hero Kew Gardens in the mix along with Capri, Flag Of Honour, Hunting Horn, Nelson and Magical.

Andre Fabre has saddled a record seven previous winners, but has not struck gold since Rail Link's victory 12 years ago. He has four possible runners in Waldgeist, Cloth Of Stars, Talismanic and Kitesurf.

Elsewhere, champion jockey Richard Johnson has nosed ahead of new rival Harry Skelton for the first time this season after riding a double at Newton Abbot.

Johnson, who rode the 3,500th jumps winner of his career at Warwick last week, has trailed Skelton while the latter set the pace through the summer - largely on runners trained by his brother, Dan.

But the champion, who has won the last three titles following the retirement of his fellow all-time great and 20-time table-topper Anthony McCoy, leads the field again with 86 winners so far after his two successes yesterday.

On Demand prevailed for him in a match for the novices' chase, and then 15/8 favourite Motueka struck in the novices' hurdle half an hour later.

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