Frankie cautious ahead of Arc

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Frankie cautious ahead of Arc

ENABLE WINS 2017 ARC DE TRIOMPHE

Frankie Dettori is unlikely to be seen in action on a British racecourse this week as he takes no chances before Enable’s second attempt at making Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe history in Paris on Sunday.

Memories of the injury that robbed him of the winning ride on Treve in the 2013 Arc still haunt the Italian jockey, who was last seen riding domestically in the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket on Saturday, when he finished 25th of 27 on Al Rufaa.

Seven years ago, Dettori broke his ankle in a fall at Nottingham just four days before the Arc and watched the race from home as Thierry Jarnet steered Treve to glory.

The 49-year-old will not be taking any unnecessary risks as he bids to avenge Enable’s failed hat-trick bid at Longchamp last October when she was a brave second to Waldgeist following her wins in 2017 and 2018, the last of which took Dettori’s Arc tally to six.

However, Dettori is expected to be busy on Saturday and Sunday at Longchamp, where he could be one of only a few British-based riders in action.
The jockey said: “Seven years ago I sat at home with a broken ankle when Treve won the Arc, so I’m not doing that again.

“I won’t ride until the weekend but I have plenty of rides to look forward to Longchamp on Saturday and Sunday. I have three booked on Saturday and four or five, including Enable, on Sunday.”

There is still one important domestic engagement he will be making in Newmarket on Wednesday.

He added: “I’ll be going into John Gosden’s to ride Enable work on Wednesday and obviously I’m looking forward to it. I’ll miss her when she’s gone but I’m trying not to think about that too much right now.”

Dettori’s six Arc winners
Lammtarra (1995)
Sakhee (2001)
Marienbard (2002)
Golden Horn (2015)
Enable (2017, 2018)

The Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is a hugely important race that brings together the top middle-distance performers from Europe and beyond.

It is run at Longchamp racecourse over 2400m and is open to colts and fillies aged three and over, with this year’s contest due off at 16.05 on Sunday, 4 October.

The Arc is traditionally held on the first Sunday of October, and, although the race is still being run in its usual slot, the coronavirus pandemic means there will be additional restrictions to ensure it can be staged safely.

The capacity of the crowd has been capped at 1,000, with priority given to connections of runners. The Arc will be broadcast live in more than 50 countries, including South Africa.

This year the race centres on Enable’s bid for an unprecedented third Arc. The John Gosden-trained mare captured the race in 2017 and 2018, before finding only Waldgeist too good when attempting to make history last year.

Her main opponent in this year’s betting is Love. Trained by Aidan O’Brien, Love is unbeaten in three starts this season, winning the 1,000 Guineas, Oaks and Yorkshire Oaks.

Superstar stayer Stradivarius, Aidan O’Brien’s Grand Prix de Paris winner Mogul, last year’s Arc third Sottsass and talented filly Raabihah are other leading fancies behind the big two for this year’s race.

Enable is one of eight double winners, but the Arc has been the stage for an illustrious roll call of top-class performers. Ribot, Sea Bird, Mill Reef, Alleged, Montjeu, Sea The Stars and Treve are just some of the stars to have won the Group 1. – www.racingpost.com

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