Enable ready for Arc challenge

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September 30, 2017 - 09:21 AM

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Having achieved so much this season, Enable can finish it with a flourish in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly.

The English, Irish and Yorkshire Oaks are already in the bag, as well as victory against the males in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot

With a field of 18 going to post on Sunday (Monday AEDT), Enable fared well in the draw, pulling stall two, but trainer John Gosden would have preferred Frankie Dettori's mount to have been in the middle.

"It was always going to be a big field, which is the reason we didn't want to run Cracksman in it. It is good opposition and it is a proper Arc," Gosden said.

"Horses with a high draw have the initial advantage and the jockey will have to work out what to do. Luckily he has to make that decision, not the trainer.

"I always think the middle draw is best, but we are where we are and we've got to get on with it.

"I just hope we don't get too much rain on the day. I would love to see it on better ground, when you see the good horses quicken.

"The filly is well in herself. She is a lovely filly and she is well. She is weighing more now than she did at the beginning of the year, which is a good sign.

"I think there are five or six really nice other horses in there, not one to be afraid of."

Dettori is aiming to become the most successful jockey in Arc history, with four victories to his name to date.

"The Arc is very unpredictable, there's 18 runners, the best in Europe, and you've got to be on your wits," he said.

"Chantilly can be tricky at times and if we get the rain it could get complicated, with traffic problems.

"We need to improvise and come up with a plan."

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.

"Jim is lucky that he has a plum draw right beside me, but he knows that I'm not going to open a door for him. It's a question of if he's good enough to beat me," he said.