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
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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.”


Blue Point focused on Al-Quoz glory after magical run at Meydan

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Blue Point focused on Al-Quoz glory after magical run at Meydan

  • Star sprinter proves class with easy G2 win in Dubai.
  • Charlie Appleby hopeful over Al-Quoz Sprint chances.

LONDON: Star sprinter Blue Point is on course for glory in the much-anticipated Al-Quoz Sprint on Dubai World Cup night. That is the message from Godolphin after a brilliant victory in the G2 Meydan Sprint on Thursday.
The Dubai-based stable have long held high hopes for the Shamardal horse and the five-year-old’s win confirmed that they have something special on their hands.
Blue Point took up the running from Faatinah with more than two furlongs to race and readily opened up daylight over his rivals approaching the final furlong, quickly going clear.
For Charlie Appleby the performance only went to prove that Blue Point has it in him to steal the show on Dubai World Cup night in March.
“If he brought his class, he was going to be good enough to win, but we had left a bit on him because the G1 Al-Quoz Sprint on Dubai World Cup night is our target,” the Godolphin trainer said.
“No disrespect to this race, and we were pleased to win it, but it was the right stepping stone onto the Al-Quoz.
“I was pleased to see him in the paddock, more so than a couple of days ago when it looked like he had a couple of pounds left on him. He had tightened up a bit.
“We were always confident that he was going to come forward for whatever he did. He is a five-year-old now and a professional — getting better with racing. He came alive two furlongs down and it was only a matter of William asking him to pick up and do a bit of work.”
The “Boys in Blue” always place a lot of focus on the World Cup night and a second win in the Al-Quoz sprint — Appleby saddled Jungle Cat to victory last year — is one of the aims for the famous race meeting in March.
“I am very pleased and, all being well, he should step forward for it and all roads will now lead to the Al-Quoz Sprint,” Appleby said.
“I feel that he is not overly exposed as a sprinter — we looked after him as a two-year-old and a three-year-old, while he wasn’t over-raced last year so he is entitled still to be learning.”
Added to the optimism surrounding Blue Point is the fact that William Buick feels he is coming to form at just the right time.
“It was a nice comeback opportunity for Blue Point and he did it very comfortably, doing everything right. It was lovely to see him come back like that,” the jockey said. “He has probably matured a little bit compared to 12 months ago and the biggest difference this year is that he is a G1 winner this time. He had proved himself and feels like a very confident horse — there is no question that he is a top sprinter.”
Meanwhile, Godolphin’s star G1 performers Hartnell, Best Of Days and Alizee have been entered for the world’s richest mile race, the $5 million All-Star Mile to be run at Flemington on March 16.
Head trainer James Cummings confirmed that all three horses will seek a place in the famous race.
“We think it’s great the way in which it really engages with not only the racing audience, but potentially reaching out beyond just that and bringing in a wider audience from not only Australia, but from around the world,” Cummings said. “We’re really excited to be a part of the richest mile race anywhere in the world.”