Waldgeist stuns history-chasing Enable to win Arc

Trainer John Gosden

Trainer John Gosden

Enable failed to make history and become the first-ever horse to win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe for a third time on Sunday afternoon.

He told Gambling Insider: "Clearly the Enable result was a thing for the industry and was very much needed after a bad Saturday at Ascot when five favorites won in a row".

There's now speculation that owner Prince Khalid Abdullah could retire Enable, but speaking to ITV Racing's Oli Bell following the race, the prince's racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe played a straight bat.

The mount of veteran jockey Frankie Dettori was the hot favorite to accomplish the unprecedented feat in Europe's richest race, and with the line in sight it looked as if the roaring crowd would get its fairytale ending in Paris.

Waldgeist revelled in the soft ground and Pierre-Charles Boudot steered the colt, trained by Andre Fabre, out wide to bolt beyond Enable in the final furlong.

Only eight horses have won dual Arcs, and previously only one of those had even attempted the three-peat - Treve was defeated by Dettori on Golden Horn in 2015.

Dettori asked Enable to win the Arc with 350 metres remaining and she found two lengths, shaking off the challenge of Sottsass and Japan.

Enable, the 2017 and 2018 victor who went off at 4/6, was guided into a strong position by Dettori and sent for home, but could not hold off Waldgeist on soft ground at the end of the mile-and-a-half distance.

"I think ground had a lot to do with it".

Britain and Ireland filled second and third too, courtesy of outsiders So Perfect and El Astronaute - and William Haggas' One Master capped the travelling resurgence by retaining her Prix de la Foret title with a first victory in seven attempts since that success 12 months ago.

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Gosden said: "She ran a great race - she just got outstayed on the ground".

"I'm happy with the race but she doesn't have the same explosive turn of foot on soft, she quickened up well but was outstayed in very testing conditions". Just stamina gave out with her over that trip in the intensity and pace of the race. But take nothing away from the victor. We would consider it, because she won well with good authority.

If the five-year-old is given the go-ahead to run again, options would include the Champion Stakes at Ascot on 19 October or the later Breeders' Cup meeting in the United States.

It marks an eight Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe victor for French trainer André Fabre.

France's Pierre-Charles Boudot celebrates after winning the Arc on Waldgeist.

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"He came into his own when I let him down in the final straight and I was on cloud nine going past the winning post".

He took his tally of Group One wins for the year to a new personal-best 17 when his and Gosden's Oaks heroine Anapurna led throughout in the newly-elevated Prix de Royallieu at ParisLongchamp.

Jessica Harrington was once better known for training National Hunt horses and hardly had a Flat horse in her Kildare yard. "She's been an unbelievable filly".

RaceBets, Betfair and Coral all cut Harrington's charge to 14-1 from 25-1 for next year's 1,000 Guineas.

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