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Enable looking to go out with a bang as she bids to make it a hat-trick of Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe wins

Five-year-old mare owned by Saudi Arabia's Prince Khalid Abdullah likely to be retired after Sunday's race win or lose

In this October 1, 2017 file photo, Enable is seen winning her first Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in Paris. On Sunday she bids to become the first horse to win the race three times. AFP
In this October 1, 2017 file photo, Enable is seen winning her first Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in Paris. On Sunday she bids to become the first horse to win the race three times. AFP

Enable will look to bring down the curtain on a glittering career when she attempts to become the first horse to win a hat-trick of Group 1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe races on Sunday.

Owned by Saudi Arabia's Prince Khalid Abdullah, the five-year-old mare won the prestigious European race in 2017 and 2018 with jockey Frankie Dettori on board and the Italian is again in the saddle for her record-breaking attempt.

Having made a winning racecourse debut at Newcastle and placed third in her next start at Newbury, Engable goes into the Arc unbeaten in her last 12 races stretching back to May 2017, which includes 10 Group 1 wins.

Trained by John Gosden, Enable is likely to retire after her record bid in France. She is likely to face stiff competition from the Aidan O’Brien-trained Japan, winner of the International Stakes at York in August, French Derby winner Sottsass and Godolphin’s Ghaiyyath, who was first past the post at the Grosser Preis von Baden in Germany on September 1.

William Buick takes the reins on Ghaiyyath who comes into the Arc reckoning after an impressive 14-length triumph in the Group 1 race at Baden-Baden over the 2,400-metre distance, with trainer Charlie Appleby confident of a big run from the Dubawi colt.

“Ghaiyyath goes into this race in great order and on the back of a very impressive win in Germany,” Appleby told the Godolphin website.

“He is very versatile in terms of ground and soft conditions are not going to worry us. He is a horse who we have always held in high regard and has won five of his seven starts, so he takes a nice profile into the race.”

Appleby, who saddled Godolphin's first winners in the English Derby (Masar) and the Melbourne Cup (Cross Counter) last year is excited for his first runner in the Arc.

“Ghaiyyath comes into the race a relatively fresh horse, while a few of the opposition have been kept busy throughout the summer,” he said.

“I don’t see being drawn in Stall 12 as being a problem. He is a horse who doesn’t have to make the running but he likes to be forwardly-placed and should be fine with only 12 runners in the field."

Updated: October 6, 2019 07:50 AM

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