Frankie Dettori repeats Arc de Triomphe success

Enable held off Sea Of Class to claim a second successive victory at ParisLongchamp

The Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe is the definitive highlight of the European Flat racing season and Sunday's seven race card which also includes the Group 1 rated Prix de l'Opéra Longines. There have been seven previous dual winners of the Arc and Enable will create her own piece of history if she can follow suit, as she will become the first horse to claim the prestigious contest at the newly-redeveloped ParisLongchamp.

He added: "It's great for Prince Khalid".

Sea Of Class, sired by 2009 victor Sea The Stars, was some way off the leaders in the home turn but picked up pace rapidly to push Enable to the line, but Dettori's mount won by a neck in a thrilling finish.

Enable, injured a knee in the spring and had raced only once this year, has enabled the magician Lanfranco Dettori to become a record holder of victories in this legendary race for its 30th participation.

"Everything went to plan - I expected O'Brien's (horses) to make it an end-to-end gallop for their stayers and I found myself in a fantastic spot. Incredible to think that it was only her second start this season but she will not surpass or equal Winx's mark of 130", Carpenter said.

"I waited as long as I could and at the 300-metre pole I said, 'Come on girl, let's win the Arc'".

"She did everything I asked and just cruised through and in another three strides we would have won", Doyle said. I've had a hard year with her and started with a bit more hair than I have now.

The four-year-old filly is the first British-trained horse to win Europe's richest race twice.

"He wanted to come here and if she's in good form there's no reason you wouldn't try to come again". I've had a hard year with her and started with a bit more hair than I have now.

From his wide draw, Doyle took Sea Of Class straight to the rail to save ground and then sat last until they turned into the home straight.

"That (coming back next year) will be up to Prince Khalid".

Gosden said: "It's not been the preparation we wanted". She deserved to win. It was a great effort and a close one to lose. It was a very courageous decision of James's to do what he did and it was a whisker away from coming off. It's entirely down to the filly and her guts and a lovely ride from Frankie. The other filly came to her. It was rough enough for her today.

Mabs Cross gained a well-deserved Group One triumph in the Prix de l'Abbaye, after an agonising defeat in the Nunthorpe Stakes at York.

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