Enable wins Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe for 2nd straight year

Last year's Arc winner Enable

Last year's Arc winner Enable

Doyle, riding 2lb lighter than he has in 18 months, said: "We had to take our medicine from where we were drawn".

It was clear Enable had lost none of her brilliance when proving a different class to Crystal Ocean in the September Stakes at Kempton, and Gosden has had a month to get ensure his filly is in peak condition for her return to the top table.

Enable, injured a knee in the spring and had raced only once this year, has enabled the magician Lanfranco Dettori to become a record holder of victories in this legendary race for its 30th participation.

Sea Of Class, sired by 2009 victor Sea The Stars, was some way off the leaders in the home turn but picked up pace rapidly to push Enable to the line, but Dettori's mount won by a neck in a thrilling finish. Trained by William Haggas, Sea Of Class was given a supplementary entry at a cost of 120,000 euros (£107,000) to complete the field of 19 runners and is bidding to emulate her sire, Sea The Stars, who won the big race in 2009.

"I actually told my wife (Catherine and mother to his five children) that I love Enable more than her and she just nodded", said Dettori.

He added: "It's great for Prince Khalid (Abdullah, owner-breeder)".

The Nathaniel filly joined en elite list of turf greats in winning the most prestigious race in Europe for a second time on Sunday - and having had a truncated season, all talk is of whether she will be back next year.

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"It is a crack, she won two Arc", said Lanfranco Dettori arms raised return to the round of presentation.

"I waited as long as I could and at the 300 pole she showed her trademark turn of foot".

"For Prince Khalid, it's truly unbelievable".

"We can just say that she did not win the race".

Had his challenge come off it would have been ride of the century, let alone the year. "I've found the mare of previous year when she gave her kidney shot to 300 yards from the goal", said Lanfranco Dettori during a press conference. "She probably needed the race, but what a great job by John".

Haggas gained some compensation when One Master won the Group One Qatar Prix de la Foret under Pierre-Charles Boudot. The other filly came to her. It was rough enough for her today.

Murphy was just out of luck in the Prix de l'Abbaye sprint when Yorkshire businessman Steve Parkin's Soldier's Call was caught late on by Mabs Cross and Gold Vibe.

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