Enable bidding for historic third Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe win at Longchamp
Prince Khalid Abdullah’s racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe has admitted that the John Gosden-trained Enable will need to ‘produce something pretty special’ if she is to win an historic third Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on Sunday (3.05pm).
The five-year-old – trained by Gosden at his Clarehaven Stables base on Bury Road – became just the eighth horse to record two victories in the race’s history when getting the better of Sea Of Class 12 months ago to follow up her 2017 success.
However, no horse has ever posted three wins in the French capital’s most famous fixture, with the last to try being Treve, who came up short in her hat-trick bid during the 2015 renewal – a race that was won by Gosden’s Golden Horn with Frankie Dettori in the saddle.
Like Treve, Enable is likely to go off as an odds-on favourite, but Grimthorpe is expecting the field to be the toughest of the three she has encountered across the Channel.
“Compared to last year, the preparation has been very straightforward. She has been working nicely and from that point of view we could not be more pleased,” he said.
“To win three Arcs would clearly be something pretty out of the ordinary. I know Treve tried to do it, but I am not sure too many of the other dual winners tried.
“It is going to be a tougher race this year, maybe the toughest yet. Japan looks very good, the French Derby winner is going into it fresh and Godolphin’s Ghaiyyath looked in good shape when winning in Germany recently.
“Given the strength in the field she will probably need to produce something pretty special to get the job done.”
For jockey Dettori, he will be hunting a fourth Arc victory in the last five years.
He has partnered Enable on each of her last 12 victories, and is hoping it is a case of lucky 13 come the weekend.
“It has never been done before – we are talking on the scale of (Sir Steve) Redgrave’s five gold medals. It’s amazing just even trying it,” the Italian told ITV racing.
“I love my girl, she has been great to me. There are going to be a lot of expectations and I am going to be nervous but we are going to give it a go.
“She has got to bring her A-game. All the best horses in Europe are going to take her on and it is going to be hard fought.”
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