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Enable comes up short in bid for Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe history




In what is likely to have been her last ever racecourse appearance, Newmarket-trained Enable was unable to become the first horse in history to win the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on three occasions this afternoon.

John Gosden's superstar had failed in her bid 12 months ago when she faded late on to finish second behind Waldgeist after back-to-back victories in 2017 and 2018.

And it wasn't to be again for Prince Khalid Abdullah-owned six-year-old in the French capital, where she ended up down the field in sixth as the leaders pulled away inside the final furlong.

Enable, pictured winning the King George earlier this year, finished sixth in Paris.
Enable, pictured winning the King George earlier this year, finished sixth in Paris.

It was Jean-Claude Rouget's Sottsass – third in last year's renewal – that eventually came out on top, leading home a French-trained top five.

It took several minutes following the conclusion of the race for the result to be officially confirmed, with a lengthy inquiry taking place after several horses suffered interference in the closing stages.

As for Enable, while she appeared to be hampered by the testing ground and a little bit of interference, she was never in a position under Frankie Dettori to make a serious challenge.

Nevertheless, it has still been a career that puts her alongside the all-time greats – one that has included 11 Group 1 victories, an historic three King Georges at Ascot and two Arcs.