Enable triumphs in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe again

Frankie Dettori on Enable

Gosden said: "It's not been the preparation we wanted, it's been very hard".

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.

But John Gosden's filly was on the ropes in the last 50 yards and saved by the bell as William Haggas's Sea Of Class and James Doyle, last turning for home with two-and-a-half furlongs to run, wove their way through the field and thundered down the outside in the final furlong.

It was not such an easy success as the one she recorded last season, as she just had enough to repel the late charge from the William Haggas-trained Sea Of Class, who had been supplemented earlier in the week. "I have had a hard year with her, it is entirely down to the filly and her guts and a lovely ride from Frankie", Gosden told ITV Sport.

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

Indeed 72-year-old Fabre said that while he is pleased with the most favoured of his three runners Waldegeist, the Enable team are a formidable outfit, comparing them to two football powerhouses.

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

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Doyle said of the gallant runner-up: "She did everything I asked and just cruised through and in another three strides we would have won".

However, that absence may turn out to be a blessing in disguise as far as her Arc defence is concerned, as she at least returns to France a fresh horse, whereas plenty of her rivals may be battle tired at the end of a long year.

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.

"For Prince Khalid, it's truly unbelievable. She probably needed the race, but what a great job by John".

John Gosden has admitted it would be "wonderful" if Enable was kept in training as a five-year-old, with the aim of winning an unprecedented third Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. She's a good filly, very fearless and likes soft ground.

"She wasn't at her best today".

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