Frankie backs En­able

The Racing Paper - - News -

FRANKIE Det­tori says he’s up­beat about En­able’s chances of win­ning back-to-back Prix de l’Arc de Tri­om­phes next month.

John Gos­den’s filly has hardly raced this sea­son hav­ing suf­fered a set­back in April, even­tu­ally re­turn­ing to ac­tion ear­lier this month when emerg­ing vic­to­ri­ous at Kemp­ton.

The four-year-old looked classy in her tri­umph in the Septem­ber Stakes but faces a mas­sive step up in class when she crosses the English Chan­nel and heads to Longchamp on Oc­to­ber 7.

Hav­ing com­fort­ably won last year’s run­ning of the Clas­sic, En­able is the favourite among most book­mak­ers but Sea Of Class is likely to pos­sess a se­ri­ous threat.

Det­tori has plenty of re­spect for Wil­liam Hag­gas’ filly but has faith En­able can pull out a big per­for­mance to de­fend her Arc ti­tle.

He said: “Be­fore her come­back at Kemp­ton, I rode most of her work for the last month. We had such a dry sum­mer so we weren’t able to gal­lop her on the grass. We went on the Poly­track in­stead over no more than seven fur­longs to a mile.

“De­spite do­ing some work and her weight be­ing more or less her rac­ing weight, un­til you try a mile and a half, you can never be sure.”

He added: “Look­ing at the tri­als, the Ir­ish Cham­pion Stakes and so forth, the one I fear the most is Wil­liam Hag­gas’ filly Sea Of Class. She’s a Clas­sic win­ner and was very im­pres­sive at York. She will be very dan­ger­ous.”

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