Frankie and Enable aim to win third arc before retirement

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On the first Sunday of October, just outside Paris (the most romantic city in the world since 1920), the championship of Europe for middle distance running thoroughbreds takes place on the Longchamp Racecourse.

This year being the 100th anniversary of the race, dubbed “The European Championship” of horse racing, is no different. However, there is one result which will make for historical promise should it be ‘enabled’.

Enable, now a 6yo, owned by Juddmonte Farms and Khalid Abdulla, and former two time winner of the race as well as second placed last year, is running her final race of her glittering career. With her help, Frankie Dettori may be able to win the history-making race for a third time before retirement.

Image Credit: Breeders.com

Enable has never been out of the first three in all of her 18 races where she also collected £10,724,320, as well as winning 13 group one races in between,. To add a third Arc De Triomphe would simply be the icing on the cake of what has been a career that, to date, has been nothing short of phenomenal.

Some Facts and Stats on the Race:

Facts

Length of the race – One mile and four furlongs.
Where to watch – ITV.
When to watch – Sunday, October 6 at 3:05 pm.
Prize-money – The race is worth €5,000,000 with €2,857,000 going to the winner.
Course – The race is run at Longchamp.
Race type – Group 1.
Weights –Three-year-olds carry 8st 12lb, horses aged four and older carry 9st 5lb. Fillies and mares get a 3lb allowance.
Ages – The race is open to three-year-olds and above of both genders, except for geldings.
Sponsor – Qatar Racing has sponsored the race since 2008

Stats

  • Distance winner, ten winners in last ten runnings
  • Aged three or four, 10/10 (six were three-year-olds)  
  • Group 1 winner, 9/10
  • Adjusted RPR of at least 131, 9/10
  • Top-three finish last time out, 8/10
  • Drawn in single figures, 7/10
  • Won at least half their starts that season, 6/10
  • Won a Group race last time out within last two months, 6/10

Featured image credit: racingpost.com

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