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.”


Godolphin happy with Thunder Snow ahead of Dubai World Cup defense

Updated 25 March 2019
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Godolphin happy with Thunder Snow ahead of Dubai World Cup defense

  • Five-year old bidding to become first horse to win back-to-back Dubai World Cups.
  • $12 million race takes place at Meydan on Saturday.

LONDON: Thunder Snow is preparing well as he bids to become the first horse to win back-to-back Dubai World Cups, according to Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor.
The five-year-old memorably won the showcase $12 million race at Meydan by five and three-quarter lengths, winning in a track record time last year. He returned to the track on Super Saturday two weeks ago, finishing second in the Group 1 Al-Maktoum Challenge Round Three.
And Godolphin are expecting big things from him in the famous race. Bin Suroor, the most successful handler in the history of the 2000m dirt feature with eight winners to his name, is feeling confident.
“He did his final serious piece of work on Saturday and went very well indeed,” the Godolphin trainer said. “He needed his Super Saturday outing — his first run since November — badly and has come on a lot for it. We expect him to run a big race under conditions we know suit him, but obviously it is a good race.”
Thunder Snow has already made history as the only horse to win both the Group 2 UAE Derby and Group 1 Dubai World Cup, but if he is to win this Saturday then he will be revered for years to come.
One of his big rivals in the race will be Yoshida. Trained by Bill Mott he arrived in Dubai on March 19 in preparation for the cash-rich race. The Japanese-bred son of Heart’s Cry landed in the Emirate off a sixth-place finish in the inaugural Group 1 Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational at Gulfstream Park.
He won the Turf Classic at Churchill Downs, as well as the prestigious Woodward at Saratoga last year and Riley Mott, assistant to his father Bob, said Yoshida is looking good ahead of the big race.
“He’s settled in really well,” he said. “He traveled great and we’re very happy with him. The facilities here are top class. This is my seventh time over here and we’re treated very well.”
Yoshida went out just after 7:00 a.m. in Monday to stretch his legs over the famous dirt track.
“He just had a routine gallop this morning and we let him stand in the gate. Nothing too serious,” Mott said.
Jose Ortiz, who has piloted Yoshida though his last two starts and was aboard for the Grade 1 score at Churchill Downs, will make his first appearance in Dubai. Mott said he expects Ortiz, who guided Yoshida to a closing fourth-place effort in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, will have plenty of options in the 2000m race.
“It sounds like there’s a lot of pace from the local horses, but we have a horse that’s pretty versatile in the way he runs,” Mott said. “He’s able to adapt to the pace scenario. It’s just a matter of how the race develops in front of him.”