We are a long way out and I
have already had an each-way punt at 16’s (drifted since) on Ghaiyyath but I
have also now added Enable to the
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe ante-post portfolio at 6-4. We all know this is the aim and with Sea Of Class
sadly now ruled out after suffering a career-ending bout of colic the 5yo mare
looks a good thing – provided of course she gets there fit and well for the
first Sunday in October. Quite frankly I think that is what you are betting
against that she gets there.
I was impressed with her on Saturday, winning the G.1 Coral-Eclipse over a trip that is arguably a bit on the short side with I would think a bit up her sleeve. She was making her first start for 245 days and raced prominently behind Hunting Horn before going on to win by ¾ of a length. Frankie Dettori said afterwards "Today was an eight and a half out of ten, but there's plenty more to come. She's amazing and I love her so much." Trainer John Gosden said: "It's been a long preparation and she's only started coming to herself the last two weeks. Quite frankly, she's come here at 85 per cent, maybe 90.”
Prix du Jockey Club winner Sottsass is second in the betting, and he looks a nice colt, but needs to improve chunks to worry a fit and well Enable. Of the others towards the head of the market, Crystal Ocean, Japan, Sir Dragonet and Masar, all good horses, look up against it if the jolly is anywhere near her best. We’ll know in just under three months time.