Frankie Dettori sure Enable can make history in Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

Frankie Dettori is confident Enable can create history and become the first horse to win the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and Breeders’ Cup Turf in the same year. (AFP)
Updated 01 November 2018
0

Frankie Dettori sure Enable can make history in Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

LONDON: Frankie Dettori is confident Enable can create history and become the first horse to win the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and Breeders’ Cup Turf in the same year.
The four-year-old, owned by Saudi Arabian Khalid bin Abdullah, has only had two outings this season. But Enable showed exactly what she is capable of last month when she stormed to victory at Longchamps to claim back-to-back Arcs.
Dettori, who rode her to victory in the famous race, is certain that her light workload in 2018 will help her to enter the record books.
The jockey said: “I’m aware of the fact that no horse has won an Arc and a Breeders’ Cup Turf, but records are there to be broken.
“In favor of Enable, she has only raced twice, is very fresh and seems to have traveled over well, and she’s shown her versatility winning around Chester and Epsom and also a King George on soft ground.
“You never can be completely certain that everything is spot on, but you certainly wouldn’t suspect it (anything wrong) with this filly.”
Trainer John Gosden is also hopeful that the filly can overcome her light campaign and win at the famous Churchill Downs track tomorrow.
“She has settled in well, Frankie said she was very professional today and moved well on the ground, we’re not going to do more than get a feel of the place,” Godson told At The Races.
“We’re watching where the rain is going, a little north of us at the moment, so you never know we might not get drowned.
“She has had a clear run since the Arc, she obviously took longer to come out of the Arc (than usual) which is understandable. She went in there not 100 percent, so it took a little time to get over it but I’ve been pleased with her since. She traveled well over here, she’s settling in and eating and drinking well, which is very important, and I am liking the way she moves.”
Speaking of Enable’s light season, Godson added: “To be honest I would have preferred to bring her here after last year’s campaign, which was absolutely smooth, yes she won five Group 1s but I would have liked to have come here a little bit on the crest of the wave.
“This has not been an easy year with her but she won the Arc.”


Lewis Hamilton tells rivals ‘catch me if you can’

Updated 20 February 2019
0

Lewis Hamilton tells rivals ‘catch me if you can’

  • Five-time world champion feeling confident of a sixth crown ahead of new season.
  • Pre-season testing going well in Barcelona.

BARCELONA: Lewis Hamilton has warned his rivals they had better get ready to catch his dust as he is feeling “better than ever” ahead of the season.
The 34-year-old Briton enjoyed a near flawless run to secure his fifth drivers’ title last year. He won 11 of the 21 races to beat Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel with two races to spare, and he expects the Italian marque to once again keep him on his toes.
“Ferrari are very strong,” Hamilton said in Barcelona on the third day of pre-season testing.
“It appears they have a better package than last year, which means it will be a bigger challenge for us.
“In the last few years, Ferrari has looked good from the very beginning so that’s to be expected.”
But he said it would be a mistake to draw any hard and fast conclusions from the evidence thrown up by testing.
“We’ll have a better idea I guess this time next week where we stand but still then we won’t know what fuel loads everybody is on and who is showing their cars and who isn’t.”
Hamilton, with a new two-year deal that will earn him £40 million ($52 million) a season, is buzzing after the winter recess.
“I feel in the best shape that I’ve been in,” he assured his fans, as he embarks on his quest for a sixth championship and record sixth consecutive constructors’ crown for Mercedes.
On a sixth title he shrugged: “I am not even focusing on that. It’s a new season, a new year, a new chapter and we have to approach like it’s our first.
“We’re going for number one, that’s how I approach it.
“But it’s not something that I allow my peers to talk about. It’s not what we are here for to focus on that number.”
He dismissed out of hand any notion of complacency setting in at his all-conquering team.
“We are always driven to do something new and to break boundaries and do stuff that no one else has done before but we are fully aware of the work that it will take to deliver something like that and it’s by no means like ‘yeah we are going for the sixth’ like it’s a relaxed thing.
“It’s not like that.”
Hamilton’s bid for title number six begins at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 17.