Frankie Dettori says he’s upbeat about Enable’s chances to win back-to-back Prix de l’Arc de Triomphes next month. John Gosden’s filly has hardly raced over the course of this season having suffered a setback in April, eventually returning to action earlier this month when emerging victorious at Kempton.
The four-year-old looked classy in his triumph in the September Stakes but faces a massive step up in class when he crosses the English Channel and heads to ParisLongchamp on October 7.
Having comfortably won last year’s running of the Classic, Enable is the favourite amongst most bookmakers but Sea Of Class is likely to possess a serious threat.
Dettori has plenty of respect for William Haggas’ filly but has faith Enable can pull out a big performance to defend her Arc title.
“Before her comeback at Kempton, I rode most of her work for the last month. We had such a dry summer so we weren’t able to gallop her on the grass. We went on the Polytrack instead over no more than seven furlongs to a mile,” said Dettori.
“Despite doing some work and her weight being more or less her racing weight, until you try a mile and a half, you can never be sure.
“I wasn’t the only one who was so happy to see her, though. The racing public have been cheated of her brilliance this year and hopefully we can try to do it again in the Arc.
“I am feeling good about it. As I said, her comeback race was good. She is trying a new track, but she seems very versatile.”
He went on: “Looking at the trials, the Irish Champion Stakes and so forth, the one I fear the most is William Haggas’ filly Sea Of Class. She’s a Classic winner and was very impressive at York. She will be very dangerous.”