Racing Ahead|October 2019
The over-riding question of the month is can ENABLE create history and register a third Arc success this autumn?
When you have a look at her victory 12 months ago when she was all out inside the final 100 yards you would have to question whether as an older horse she can give the weight away to the progressive three-year-olds.
That day she held on by an ever-diminishing short neck from Sea of Class. But what you can undoubtedly say about that performance was that fine margins make all the difference and whereas Frankie got the very best out his mount, James Doyle didn’t from Sea of Class.
Some will say it is infinitely more difficult to ride a race from off the pace in a big field than up front, but I strongly believe that getting the fractions right up top is just as difficult and in Dettori the super mare has one of the greatest big race jockeys this sport has ever seen and Longchamp is the perfect medium for him to showcase those skills.
From a wide draw and despite being on the best horse in the race, his ride on Sakhee to win the Paris show-piece in 2001 was a prime example of his imperious tactical skill.
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