Det­tori hails ‘ge­nius’ Gos­den af­ter Arc win

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EN­ABLE saved the best un­til last as she capped a mem­o­rable sea­son with a scin­til­lat­ing dis­play in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Chan­tilly.

John Gos­den’s bril­liant filly lined up as the hot favourite for Europe’s pre­mier mid­dle-dis­tance con­test af­ter four con­sec­u­tive vic­to­ries at the top level in the Ep­som Oaks, Ir­ish Oaks, King Ge­orge VI And Queen El­iz­a­beth Stakes and the York­shire Oaks.

The three-year-old made a fast start from stall two and Frankie Det­tori al­ways had her well po­si­tioned in be­hind Ai­dan O’Brien’s pair of Idaho and Or­der Of St Ge­orge.

The pop­u­lar Ital­ian gave En­able her head rac­ing in­side the fi­nal two fur­longs and she quickly stamped her class, quick­en­ing clear in stun­ning fash­ion to seal a dom­i­nant suc­cess.

Det­tori, win­ning the Arc for an un­prece­dented fifth time, said: “I was very con­fi­dent all week – she is a tremen­dous filly.

“I said to John last week she is the best she has ever been. To keep this filly at 100 per cent all year is fan­tas­tic.

“I had po­si­tion ‘A’, I knew I had no weight and she stays, so I kicked and she gave me four lengths and the race was over. She’s amaz­ing and is an ab­so­lute freak. I love her. “John is a ge­nius.” What made the per­for­mance all the more stag­ger­ing was how keen En­able was for much of the mile-and-a-half jour­ney. Det­tori had his mount in the per­fect place through­out, but she re­fused to set­tle.

How­ever, the daugh­ter of Nathaniel still had more than enough in the tank to leave her ri­vals trail­ing in her wake in the straight.

It was a sec­ond Arc suc­cess for Gos­den fol­low­ing the vic­tory of Golden Horn two years ago.

The Clare­haven han­dler ruled out an­other run this year in the Breed­ers’ Cup, but does have high hopes En­able will stay in train­ing as a four-year-old.

He said: “She’s very spe­cial and she was well po­si­tioned by Frankie in or­der to show her sheer class and bril­liance.

“It’s all about the filly and the owner-breeder Prince Khalid (Ab­dul­lah). He bred the mother and for his farm to pro­duce some­thing like this is ex­cit­ing for us all.

“I think it would be wrong to run her again this year. I think to go to the Breed­ers’ Cup would be wrong, too hard on the filly.

“If she’s in great form we should con­sider next year. She has only raced for 10 months of her life.

“She had one lit­tle run last Novem­ber, but re­ally she’s only had one sea­son of rac­ing. There would be ev­ery rea­son to keep her in train­ing next year as a fouryear-old, par­tic­u­larly with the new Longchamp open­ing.

“That would be ex­cit­ing – to try to win the Arc on two dif­fer­ent tracks.”

Re­flect­ing on the per­for­mance, he added: “She showed an im­pres­sive turn of foot and ac­cel­er­a­tion to kill the field. She has amaz­ing abil­ity.

“Frankie got her in a great po­si­tion. He’s pretty good for an old jock.

“She’s shown us at home that she’s right in the zone. She’s eat­ing well and look­ing well and still has her sum­mer coat.

“She en­joys her work. We don’t ask her any­thing at home, we just let her en­joy her­self, but she gave us ev­ery sign that she was ready to run a race like that again.”

Bat­taash led his ri­vals a merry dance to claim Group One glory in the Prix de l’Ab­baye. The Char­lie Hills-trained three-year-old won twice at Sandown and once at Good­wood dur­ing the sum­mer, but was only fourth when stepped up to the high­est level in the Nun­thorpe at York, get­ting ag­i­tated be­fore the start.

How­ever, he burst out of the stalls this time in the hands of Jim Crow­ley and never looked in se­ri­ous dan­ger of be­ing caught.

Last year’s win­ner and Nun­thorpe hero­ine Mar­sha did her best to bridge the gap in­side the last of five fur­longs, but Bat­taash was away and gone, be­ing com­fort­ably clear at the line.

Sir Mark Prescott’s Mar­sha held on to the run­ner-up spot from the Clive Cox-trained Prof­itable in a Bri­tish-dom­i­nated fin­ish.

Hills said: “He was quite sim­ply a dif­fer­ent horse (yes­ter­day) than the one you saw at York. As soon as he ar­rived in the sta­bles (yes­ter­day morn­ing), I knew that.

“It’s very im­por­tant to win that Group One with him and he did it in great style.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to hav­ing him around next year. He’s fin­ished for this sea­son, but ev­ery­thing is open next year, in­clud­ing the Breed­ers’ Cup.”

The pres­tige of Don­caster’s St Leger meet­ing re­ceived a boost when Aclaim, win­ner of the Park Stakes, pounced to land the Prix de la Foret.

Aclaim’s win in this sev­en­fur­long con­test saw jockey Oisin Mur­phy and trainer Mar­tyn Meade record their land­mark first tri­umphs at Group One level.

Ear­lier Mur­phy had placed fourth in the Group One Prix de l’Ab­baye sprint on Duke of Firenze for Bawtry trainer David Grif­fiths.

The sprint was won by Bat­tassh in stun­ning style.

Dis­ap­point­ing at York’s Ebor meet­ing, the horse was rid­den by Jim Crow­ley, who be­gan his ca­reer rid­ing Na­tional Hunt horses for York­shire’s Grand Na­tional leg­ends Sue and Har­vey Smith.

PIC­TURE: MICHEL EULER

DE­LIGHTED DET­TORI: Frankie Det­tori beams af­ter win­ning the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe aboard En­able.

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