Det­tori is the Messi of race rid­ing says Fabre

MUCH talk this week has sur­rounded the main dan­ger to Bri­tish fil­lies En­able and Sea Of Class in the Prix de l’Arc de Tri­om­phe – and the an­swer has al­most uni­ver­sally been Waldgeist.

The Racing Paper - - News - by Sam Jack­son

Seem­ingly im­proved as a four-year-old, the Galileo colt rep­re­sents French mas­ter trainer An­dre Fabre – the win­ning-most trainer in the his­tory of the great race with seven – and he im­pressed many on­look­ers with his vic­tory in the Prix Foy over the Arc course and dis­tance last month.

Fabre was in re­laxed mood when dis­cussing his chances – and full of re­spect for En­able and her con­nec­tions.

He said: “I don’t think the ground is a prob­lem for Waldgeist, it was quick when he won the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud – he acts on any sort of ground.

“He’s im­proved this year, but he also showed top form as a three-year-old. He could have won the Prix du Jockey Club and he ran well in the Ir­ish Derby, in which he picked up a back in­jury.

“He won a Group One at two and now he’s back to his best.

“How­ever, it is like play­ing Barcelona, tak­ing on En­able. Barcelona do get beaten, but it’s like com­bin­ing them with Manch­ester City hav­ing to take on En­able, Prince Khalid, John Gos­den and the Messi – Frankie Det­tori.”

Fabre also runs the Godol­phin-owned pair of Tal­is­manic and Cloth Of Stars. He added:”Waldgeist could have done with be­ing drawn closer to the rail, but he should stay out of trou­ble at least.

“Tal­is­manic and Cloth Of Stars need a bit of luck, but I think they’ll run well.

Godol­phin’s Lisa-Jane Graf­fard said of the pair: “I think Mon­sieur Fabre knows what an Arc win­ner looks like and we have full con­fi­dence in him.

“An­dre Fabre, in com­mon with Sheikh Mo­hammed, loves a chal­lenge, and he ear­marked the Arc as the tar­get for Tal­is­manic at the be­gin­ning of the New Year.

“The per­for­mances of Cloth Of Stars this year haven’t been on a par with his 2017 sea­son.

“Last year, he de­liv­ered three ex­cep­tional per­for­mances, hav­ing twice low­ered the course record at Saint-Cloud and run­ning a blinder in the Arc - a race in which he gave his all.

“He gave of him­self 100 per cent on each oc­ca­sion. He has been un­lucky this year, and things haven’t gone his way, but he has more to prove this year than last sea­son.

“Mon­sieur Fabre has been giv­ing him spe­cial at­ten­tion since the sum­mer so as to en­sure that he is men­tally in the right place for the task which awaits him on Sun­day.

“Af­ter the Prix Foy, he told me he thought the horse would be go­ing into Sun­day’s race in the same con­di­tion as last year.”

Rather for­got­ten in the build up has been this year’s Prix du Jockey Club win­ner, Study Of Man.

That is partly due to his re­cent re­verses at Deauville and in the Ir­ish Cham­pion Stakes at Leop­ard­stown, but trainer Pas­cal Bary has not lost faith.

He said: “Study of Man is very well and has come out of his Ir­ish race in good order. His fifth place is a lit­tle dis­ap­point­ing on the face of it, but seen in a wider con­text, it isn’t that dis­ap­point­ing.

“In a race in which the pace wasn’t overly tax­ing, the horse in front of him (Roaring Lion) quick­ened very sharply and that put his nose out of joint a lit­tle.

“How­ever, he ran on well and has come out of the race in good order. Study Of Man is go­ing to race in a pair of blink­ers in which the view is largely un­ob­structed - so as to im­prove his con­cen­tra­tion lev­els.

“They’re the same as those worn by Dream Well in the Prix du Jockey Club. They’re very small, but should im­prove his con­cen­tra­tion lev­els. The main aim is that he ap­plies him­self well to the task in hand.

“His op­po­nents are very good, but he is very well in him­self. Some very good horses will be in the field, such as En­able, last year’s win­ner, and Sea Of Class, who has just been sup­ple­mented.

“I think the best Euro­pean per­form­ers are all present. We should get a truly-run race and, as of­ten hap­pens, the best horse on the day will win. There shouldn’t be any snags.

“As for the ground, pro­vid­ing that con­di­tions aren’t too soft, there shouldn’t be a prob­lem.”

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