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Frankie Dettori on cusp of history-making Arc success with Enable

Frankie Dettori on cusp of history-making Arc success with Enable”

For an injury-plagued Dettori, the horse has undoubtedly been his highlight after missing Royal Ascot.

With 12 individual top-flight winners in opposition, Enable faces her biggest test in the Arc. While she goes about her business in an uncomplicated manner, hard luck stories are commonplace in the Arc and luck in running becomes a factor in such a big field.

The dual Oaks victor also landed the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes earlier this year and after being handed a good inside draw for Sunday's big race, bookmakers have made her the odds-on favourite at around the 10-11 mark although you can get evens at Paddy Power and Betfred at the time of writing. "I am of course excited as well; it's all part of the process".

"When it comes to Enable, I shouldn't have to say how good she has been, it's black and white!"

"She's been a model of consistency and all her work has been her usual normal stuff", Dettori said. It makes me ride better. I was only 24 and there was a lot of pressure on me. It's nearly unfair that Enable as a 3-year-old filly gets a 10-pound weight break from her older male rivals.

The favorite will be taking on seventeen other rivals at Chantilly - the Arc's temporary home before it returns to Paris next year - and it looks like being a typically competitive renewal of a race that brings the curtain down on the European turf racing calendar in style as the cream of the world's turf-racing thoroughbreds do battle.

The main stumbling block might actually come in human form as Ballydoyle maestro Aidan O'Brien, who saddled the first three home a year ago, sends out a five-strong battalion containing leading rivals Winter and Order Of St George as he bids to win the race for a third time.

Another out to prevent Dettori inking his name in Arc folklore is Winter, one of five trained by Aidan O'Brien, who is tackling the 2400m trip for the very first time.

The 5-1 shot played up before the race, but was as good as gold during it, travelling strongly and picking up well once meeting the rising ground to score by a length under Pat Cosgrave.

O'Brien's Irish Derby and St Leger victor Capri will start from gate 15, while Seventh Heaven is even wider in 17.

Dettori has made no secret he thinks Sir Michael Stoute's Ulysses, ridden by Jim Crowley and drawn next door in stall one, is his main danger, having won the Coral-Eclipse and Juddmonte International and been second only to Enable in the King George. Satono Noblesse acts as a pacemaker.

"It was probably not a vintage Arc, but he still won an Arc".

His trainer Andre Fabre has an unsurpassed record of seven Arc successes and will have the Godolphin-owned four-year-old colt, who has Group One winning form this term, ready to run for his life.

The home challenge is let by French Guineas and Derby victor Brametot. Jean-Claude Rouget's three-year-old won narrowly in the classics, but was last seen finishing fifth in a Group Two event. Cloth Of Stars is a Group One victor, but finished eighth on his only start over this trip.



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