Enable mounts successful defence
Enable ensured she would go down among the pantheon of all-time greats on Sunday by becoming the first British-trained filly to win back-to-back Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphes.
It had been an injury-blighted campaign for John Gosden’s defending champion, who had just one outing in 2018 prior to this victory – 29 days earlier on the all-weather at Kempton.
This triumph was nowhere near as emphatic as the one 12 months earlier, which came on the back of three Oaks victories among others.
However, the Frankie Dettori-ridden daughter of Nathaniel still had to show plenty of guts to hold off a late lunge for the line by fellow Headquarters-based filly Sea Of Class, who under James Doyle had to contend with a tricky wide draw.
A relieved Gosden said: “It has not been the preparation we wanted.
“I actually had a hiccup between Kempton and here with a slight temperature, so it has not been easy.
“She was not at her best today and I have had a difficult year with her, but she is a wonderful filly and it is an enormous sense of relief.”
It would prove to be a memorable day for Newmarket trainers across The Channel at Longchamp, with no fewer than four Group 1 victories being secured.
There was some welcome consolation for Haggas following Sea Of Class’ near miss in the Arc as 33-1 shot One Master won the Qatar Prix de la Foret.
Like her stable-mate she was dealt a wide draw, but under jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot managed to negotiate a route to the front.
There was also a double for Godolphin, kicked off by Saeed bin Suroor’s Royal Marine in the Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere Sponsorise Par Manateq.
The now 16-1 chance for the 2,000 Guineas provided his trainer with a first top-level juvenile race win since Thunder Snow in the Criterium International in 2016.
Moulton Paddocks’ Charlie Appleby, meanwhile, saw Wild Illusion make it successive wins on Arc day, this year clinching the Priz de l’Opera.
The previous day, there was also a first ever Group 2 win for Simon Crisford in the Qatar Prix Daniel Wildenstein with Ostilio.