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JOHN Gosden says Enable has continued to improve mentally and physically as he prepares the champion race mare for a record third win in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
The Frankie Dettori-ridden champion continued her dominance this season by winning the Group 1 Coral Eclipse Stakes at Sandown on her comeback in early July, the victory all the more impressive as it was her first start since winning the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Churchill Downs last November.
The five-year-old followed up with a second victory in the £1 million Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Group 1Darley Yorkshire Oaks to extend her sublime record to 13 wins from 14 starts and over £9.3 million in prize money.
The manner of this season’s Group 1 hat-trick adds credence to her chances of securing a record third win in the French showpiece which was attempted by the 2013 and 2014 Arc winner Treve, who finished unplaced in 2015.
“Enable’s got a great stride on her and a great head and a wonderful outlook,” Gosden said as he put the finishing touches on his charge who is set to face a maximum of 11 rivals in this year’s Arc at Longchamp on Sunday.
“She’s always got her ears pricked and she’s very enthusiastic about everything.
“When she was younger she would run with unhindered exuberance and was often winning her races well. Now she’s got a little older and wiser, she’s rather like a boxer who knows how to win on points – rather than going straight in for the immediate knockout,” the trainer told Sky Sports Racing.
“I think that’s maturity that comes. She’s filled her frame and there’s no doubt in my mind that a flat thoroughbred horse is probably at their absolute peak at five. She’s fully grown now and fully developed.
“We’ll see how we go – there’s some mighty opposition coming at us, there’s no doubt about that.”
Should Enable create history in Paris on Sunday the success would continue a terrific record in the Arc for trainer and jockey who have combined to win the one and a half mile contest in three of the past four years.
Gosden and Dettori scored with Golden Horn in 2015 before landing the valuable prize with Enable in 2017 and 2018.
Dettori has won the race six times in total, winning with Lammtarra (1995), Sakhee (2001) and Marienbard (2012).
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