Saudi-owned Arc winner Enable captures historic Breeders’ Cup Turf

Frankie Dettori celebrates as he rides Enable to victory in the Breeders' Cup Turf horse race at Churchill Downs. (AP)
Updated 04 November 2018
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Saudi-owned Arc winner Enable captures historic Breeders’ Cup Turf

  • Enable, who won the 2017 Arc as a three-year-old, completed the unprecedented double despite a nightmare start
  • Saudi Arabia-owned Enable became the first horse to win the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the Breeders’ Cup

LOS ANGELES: Saudi Arabia-owned Enable became the first horse to win the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the Breeders’ Cup Turf in the same year on Saturday as she held off Magical to triumph at Churchill Downs.
“She conquered America! She’s done it,” ecstatic jockey Frankie Dettori said after Enable showed all her heart in holding off Magical in a thrilling stretch duel, winning the $4 million race by three-quarters of a length.
Eight prior Arc winners had come to America to try for the 1 1/2-mile Turf, the first Dancing Brave 32 years ago. All had failed.
Enable, who won the 2017 Arc as a three-year-old, completed the unprecedented double despite a nightmare start to her four-year-old campaign that didn’t get underway until September thanks to a leg injury.
Her second Arc triumph in October came after just one prep race in September — and trainer John Gosden said she’d battled fever in between.
“She’s been very brave, mentally very strong to get herself here,” Gosden said.
Dettori said Enable’s “wheels were spinning” early on a turf course softened by mid-week rain.
He purposely kept her wide seeing the better ground and as they headed into the straight, he said, “she found another gear.”
Enable and Magical — who split horses under jockey Ryan Moore — quickly went clear, Enable finally taking control as they entered the final furlong.
Sadler’s Joy was a distant third — nine lengths back.
As they galloped out after the finish, Dettori and Moore briefly clasped hands.
“It was a wonderful, wonderful stretch run between two great fillies and two great jockeys,” Gosden said. “I thought coming into the straight when Ryan (Moore) came up on her, we had a race on our hands. She showed enormous courage to go and win.”


Bert van Marwijk confirmed as new UAE boss

Updated 20 March 2019
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Bert van Marwijk confirmed as new UAE boss

  • Former Saudi Arabia coach given task of guiding the UAE to their first World Cup since 1990.
  • To be presented to the fans just before the UAE take on the Green Falcons on Thursday.

LONDON: The UAE FA has confirmed that Bert van Marwijk is to be the national side’s new coach.
The former Saudi Arabia manager arrived in Dubai on Wednesday to thrash out terms and has agreed to a deal that sees him potentially stay in the dugout through to the 2023 Asian Cup.
The Dutchman becomes the new UAE coach with the national side in a state of flux. The much-heralded “Golden Generation” failed to qualify for last year’s World Cup and underwhelmed on their way to the Asian Cup semifinals on home soil in January.
He replaces Alberto Zaccheroni whose defensive tactics both failed to find success and inspire the fans. The Italian left the job after the last-four exit at the Asian Cup.
Thanks to his track record with Saudi Arabia Van Marwijk was reportedly the UAE’s first choice to take the side into World Cup qualifying, which starts in September — his first task being to get the Whites to their first World Cup since 1990.
The 66-year-old guided the Green Falcons to the Russian World Cup — the Saudis’ first appearance at the showpiece for 12 years — during a two-year stint which ended in September 2017 after contractual negotiations broke down.
The UAE face his former side in a friendly on Thursday, with a friendly against Syria set for next Tuesday. Van Marwijk will be in the stands for those matches with interim boss Saleem Abdelrahman in charge of the players on the pitch.
The Dutchman will be presented to the public and media shortly before Thursday’s friendly against the Green Falcons.