En­able re-writes the his­tory books

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EN­ABLE went where Danc­ing Brave, Sakhee, Golden Horn and Found could not when she be­came the first Prix de l’Arc de Tri­om­phe win­ner to fol­low up at the Breed­ers' Cup, record­ing his­tory in the Turf at Churchill Downs on Satur­day.

The queen of Euro­pean rac­ing was given a con­fi­dent ride by Frankie Det­tori, who sat her just off the pace and an­gled her wide be­fore the turn for home.

From there, fel­low Euro­pean raider Mag­i­cal pro­vided the big­gest threat, but En­able was very much able to dis­miss her, pow­er­ing home for a de­ci­sive vic­tory.

Sadler’s Joy

Sadler’s Joy was third, but the £2.7 mil­lion con­test was about only one horse.

Trained in New­mar­ket by John Gos­den for owner-breeder Khalid Ab­dul­lah, En­able won the Oaks, Ir­ish Oaks, King Ge­orge VI and Queen El­iz­a­beth Stakes and Arc dur­ing a stel­lar 2017. Her cam­paign this term was stalled un­til Septem­ber fol­low­ing a spring set­back, al­though the daugh­ter of Nathaniel has made up for lost time. She recorded back-to-back Arc vic­to­ries last month and was strongly fan­cied in her bid for im­mor­tal­ity.

His­tory was against her though as no Arc win­ner had grad­u­ated to Breed­ers’ Cup glory in the same sea­son, but his­tory was rewrit­ten as she roared home.

“It was a big ask for the filly and ev­ery­one knows she’s had a dif­fi­cult year,” said Gos­den, win­ning his first Turf, but fifth Breed­ers’ Cup prize.

“She didn’t quite come here in the form she would have last year, but she’s done it. It was a tough race. Frankie was de­ter­mined to stay wide for the bet­ter ground, but Hunt­ing Horn was at­tend­ing us all the way and then Ryan Moore slipped up our in­ner on Mag­i­cal.

“I thought she was go­ing to have us, but it was a won­der­ful stretch run be­tween two great fil­lies and two great jock­eys.

“We’ve come out on top and full marks to our filly be­cause she's been very brave and men­tally very strong. She did it to­day with sheer guts and de­ter­mi­na­tion.”

It might have ended in frus­trat­ingly fa­mil­iar style for the Euro­pean con­tin­gent, but Ac­cel­er­ate went some way to ad­vanc­ing his claims for the US Horse of the Year ti­tle with a crush­ing de­mo­li­tion of his ri­vals in the Breed­ers’ Cup Clas­sic.

With the three-year-old Triple Crown cham­pion Jus­tify hav­ing re­tired af­ter not com­pet­ing out­side his own age group, this was an­other chance for John Sadler’s mas­sively im­proved five-year-old to leave an in­deli­ble im­pres­sion on the se­nior ranks.

The 9-2 shot took that op­por­tu­nity in grand style with a dev­as­tat­ing per­for­mance of class, courage and con­vic­tion un­der Joel Rosario, who was win­ning his first Clas­sic af­ter a brace in the Ju­ve­nile and Ju­ve­nile Fil­lies on Fri­day.

“That was about as good as it gets,” beamed Rosario.

“That horse is sim­ply un­be­liev­able. It was a great per­for­mance. He has so much heart.”

Breed­ers’ Cup

Sadler has trained for 40 years, but his 44 pre­vi­ous Breed­ers’ Cup run­ners all failed to win.

Ac­cel­er­ate had al­ready taken him to dizzy heights this year.

“I’m thrilled, no doubt,” said a serene Sadler, whose Cat­a­pult had been done on the line by Ex­pert Eye in the Mile.

“I mean, this is what I do ev­ery day, ev­ery year for my whole ca­reer, so to really get the big one, I couldn't ask for a bet­ter day.

“We’re pre­pared for the worst and hope for the best.

“I mean, horserac­ing is a great sport, and this horse has been good.”

Godol­phin’s Thun­der Snow was bang there in be­tween, but couldn’t live with Ac­cel­er­ate, who ground his way home to with­stand the chal­lenge of the clos­ing Gun­n­ev­era by a length.

Thun­der Snow kept on for third un­der Christophe Soumil­lon, whose whip use made for a rather uned­i­fy­ing sight, while Men­delssohn lost fourth to Yoshida at the death.

Roar­ing Lion suf­fered an early bump and never looked happy get­ting when hit with shovel-loads of sand.

He even­tu­ally trailed home a long last, and will now likely be re­tired to stud.

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