Deirdre drops out as En­able heads Arc list

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Racing - By Mar­cus Armytage

En­able was one of 16 run­ners left in Sun­day’s Qatar Prix de l’arc de Tri­om­phe, but what­ever the size of the field at Longchamp, it will not in­clude a po­ten­tial fourth Ja­pa­nese run­ner, Deirdre, af­ter con­nec­tions de­cided yes­ter­day that she will not be en­tered at to­mor­row’s sup­ple­men­tary stage.

En­able, who had a gal­lop on the Limekilns in Newmarket yes­ter­day, is one of just three British-trained en­tries, along with sta­ble com­pan­ion Me­hdaayih and Godol­phin’s Ghaiyy­ath. But with the Hard­wicke run­ner-up Nagano Gold rep­re­sent­ing the Czech Repub­lic, the eightyear-old Match­win­ner com­ing from Ger­many, three from Ire­land and three from Ja­pan, Europe’s most valu­able race cer­tainly has an in­ter­na­tional look to it.

Deirdre, who be­came the first Ja­pa­nese Group One win­ner in Bri­tain for 19 years when she won the Nas­sau Stakes at Good­wood, caught the eye again with an un­lucky fourth in the Ir­ish Cham­pion Stakes. But she will now head for the Qipco Cham­pion Stakes at As­cot.

Al­though the Arc is widely as­sumed to be En­able’s 15th and last start, that de­ci­sion is be­ing de­ferred un­til af­ter the race, which will be only her fourth start of the sea­son.

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