Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
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Enable and Dettori win Arc for second straight year

Enable and Dettori win Arc for second straight year

"In addition, thousands of people were at Paris Lonchamp, which is also in the interest of the organisations who partner us in this sponsorship", he said. "He wanted to come here and if she's in good form there's no reason you wouldn't try to come again".

"It's down to the filly, the jockey has ridden a lovely race and full marks to the second who came flying at us".

Sea Of Class, sired by 2009 victor Sea The Stars, was some way off the leaders in the home turn but picked up pace rapidly to push Enable to the line, but Dettori's mount won by a neck in a thrilling finish.

This British one-two also boosted the standing of the Yorkshire Oaks at the Ebor festival - Enable won this Group One previous year en route to her first Arc while Sea Of Class was victorious this August at York.

Dettori said it had not been easy: "I was riding in the Arc for the 30th time and I was more nervous than ever".

"I actually told my wife (Catherine and mother to his five children) that I love Enable more than her and she just nodded", said Dettori.

"It's great for Prince Khalid (Abdullah, owner-breeder)".

"She has got the job done and it is down to her mind, she is a wonderful filly".


The 47-year-old Italian, who also combined with Gosden to land the 2015 Arc with Golden Horn, says the filly is incredibly special.

"I waited as long as I could and at the 300 (metres) she showed her trademark turn of foot".

Earlier Oisin Murhpy, who recorded his first Group One win at the corresponding meeting past year, landed his 10th success at the elite level when Royal Marine won the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere.

"I had a little glance, saw she was three lengths clear and thought, 'I've won this.' But the petrol ran out and I could feel James coming".

Indeed 72-year-old Fabre said that while he is pleased with the most favoured of his three runners Waldegeist, the Enable team are a formidable outfit, comparing them to two football powerhouses. She's run a great race from the draw.

Haggas gained some compensation when One Master won the Group One Qatar Prix de la Foret under Pierre-Charles Boudot.

"She wasn't at her best today".

Mabs Cross gained a well-deserved Group One triumph in the Prix de l'Abbaye, after an agonising defeat in the Nunthorpe Stakes at York.

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