History could be made on Sunday as Enable seeks to become the first ever horse to win the prestigious Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe three times.
A win for the five-year old mare would surely spark plenty of celebrations amongst racing enthusiasts at Longchamp – but will she deliver on the day?
Read on for our preview of one of the most hotly-anticipated races of the 2019 calendar as we look at the potential rivals standing in her way.
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe 2019 Preview –
Can Enable Make History in Paris?
Frankly, Enable starts this race as one of the biggest Arc favourites in living memory for good reason.
First up, her cast-iron pedigree in France as a two-time Arc winner. On both her Arc outings, she’s also shown she can win by both obliterating the field (2017 at Chantilly) and holding her nerve (2018 by a short neck at Longchamp). That suggest she’s more than capable of standing up to any challenge thrown at her this weekend.
Secondly, her double act with Frankie Dettori. When it comes to this pairing, horse and rider look like the ultimate match made in heaven, as shown by Dettori’s outstanding horsemanship in driving Enable to a win by a neck in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot. Thanks to the imperious form of Enable, Dettori has the chance to build on his record as the leading jockey in the history of this race as he bids to add a seventh Arc title to his trophy cabinet.
Enable’s Arc odds are currently 7/10 with Marathonbet – but could it be third time unlucky for the reigning champion?
She could take some stopping – but there still remains plenty of class in the rest of the field to cause an upset.
Enable Horse Factfile
Age – 5 years old
Trainer – John Gosden
Owner – K Abdullah
Race record – 1/3111111/111/111
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Race Betting – Enable’s Main Rivals
With the Rugby World Cup currently winning rave reviews, perhaps it would be fitting if Japan – 11/2 can upset the apple-cart by taking the Arc on Sunday.
The Aiden O’Brien-trained three-year-old managed to edge out pre-race favourite Crystal Ocean in the Juddmonte International Stakes. He also impressed on his first outing at Longchamp in July with victory in the Grand Prix de Paris over the same distance as the Arc.
With the ever-reliable Ryan Moore guiding him to three wins from his last three outings, a punt on Japan looks more than justified if Enable fails to live up to the script.
Alternatively, Magical – 10/1 could charm the Longchamp crowds if she can finally break Enable’s spell over her. Second-place finishes at York and Sandown suggests she could be well-placed to capitalise if the favourite surprisingly struggles. However, she’ll have ground to catch up after being comfortably beaten by 2 3/4l in the Yorkshire Oaks.
Finally, looking for an interesting each-way option as you glance over the Arc betting odds? Look no further than the wily Nagano Gold – 66/1. He’s well-versed around the Longchamp turf, and almost pulled off an almighty shock at Royal Ascot with a second-place finish in the Hardwicke Stakes.
Odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.
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