07/10/18. LONGCHAMP REPORTS PRIX DE L’ARC DE TRIOMPHE: the perfect end to the perfect race as Enable lands second Arc

Enable wins a second Arc under Frankie Dettori
Enable wins a second Arc under Frankie Dettori (Edward Whitaker)
By David Jennings, 

The perfect place. The perfect race. The perfect result. The perfect racehorse. This was an Arc giftwrapped with greatness.

Back home at Longchamp and in front of a new €145 million glitzy grandstand, the pressure was on the world’s most prestigious Flat race to produce something special. What we got was something so special that replays will be shown over and over again and no-one will ever get sick of seeing it. It was an Arc for the ages.

Enable defended her crown in the most intoxicating of circumstances but 2018 was light years away from 2017 in every possible way.


Enable (Frankie Dettori) after the Prix De L’Arc de TriompheLongchamp 7.10.18 Pic: Edward Whitaker
Enable (Frankie Dettori) after the Prix De L’ Arc de TriompheLongchamp 7.10.18 Pic: Edward Whitaker
Edward Whitaker


Last year’s stunning success, achieved with the ease of a filly vastly superior to her peers, arrived at the end of a gruelling seven-race campaign which saw her mop up three Oaks and a King George along the way.

This Arc was ground out on the back of an all-weather spin around Kempton only 29 days earlier. No previous Arc winner had got the job done on the back of just one run in the that calendar year, but this is no ordinary filly. This is a filly whose ability is outweighed only by her attitude.

“It’s been a nightmare year, I’m feeling a deep sense of relief – the elation will come later,” admitted a visibly relieved trainer John Gosden, later to be hailed a genius by Frankie Dettori. And rightly so.

“It’s absolutely massive for the filly,” he continued. “It’s not easy when they go lame and they’re off for a long time. She has such a fantastic mind. It’s like a manager with a top player who always gives you 100 per cent. You can build your team around her.

“You’re not meant to come into the Arc after one run on the all-weather. I had a slight hiccup between Kempton and here, which wasn’t ideal either. She had a temperature and missed a piece of work, and the way the race was run tested her fitness. The last 100 metres were an eternity for me, the jockey and the horse.”


John Gosden and his wife Rachel Hood after Enable had won the Arc
John Gosden and his wife Rachel Hood after Enable had won the Arc
Edward Whitaker


Those thrilling final 100 metres might have felt like an eternity for Gosden but they flew by in the blink of an eye for William Haggas and James Doyle as the line came a stride, or two at most, too early for Sea Of Class.

The daughter of Sea The Stars, who this year followed a similar path to Enable in 2017 by winning the Irish and Yorkshire Oaks, trailed the 19-runner pack on the home turn but arrived with her customary late burst, which ended an agonising short neck away from a share of victory. 

How fitting to see two top-class fillies fight out the finish to a race which has been dominated by females in recent years. The colts have not been able to cope of late, with only Golden Horn managing to get the boys on the roll of honour in the last eight years. Fillies have won eight out of the last 11 Arcs, going back to Zarkava.

One boy who can’t keep away from the roll of honour is Dettori. This was his sixth Arc success, two more than any other rider has managed, and you sense it was his most fulfilling of all. 

“I can’t believe it, I’m actually lost for words,” said Dettori. Luckily for us all he soon found quite a few more to put the performance into context.


James Doyle (yellow and purple cap) tries to reel in Enable on Sea Of Class
James Doyle (yellow and purple cap) tries to reel in Enable on Sea Of Class
Edward Whitaker


“She wasn’t the Enable of last year but she has got the job done and that’s all that matters,” he said. “I said beforehand, ‘Let’s try to win the Arc and it doesn’t have to be by five lengths’. 

“This showed what a genius John Gosden is. He’s won the Arc with a filly who hadn’t run in 11 months. Two Arcs for the same horse at two different racetracks. I don’t think that will ever be done again.”

Gosden deflected all the praise away from Dettori, and indeed himself, and urged racing fans to realise the importance of owner-breeder Prince Khalid Abdullah.

He said: “It’s not about me, it’s about the owner-breeder and the filly. Without owner-breeders like Prince Khalid Abdullah this game is dead.” 

Dettori also helps keep the game alive more than most, and he bounced from interview to interview with as much enthusiasm as ever. He’s 47, supposedly. Someone check his birth certificate. 

“There was almighty pressure on all of us,” he admitted. “The world was behind me. Everybody wanted her to win. I wasn’t riding a 10-1 shot, I was riding the favourite in the most famous race in the world. I’m looking forward to watching the replay and enjoying it.”

So are we, Frankie. So are we. 

Arc result and analysis

fonte : RacingPost


Fastnet Rock’s One Master Arrives Late in the Foret

Sunday, October 7, 2018
7th at LCP, Gr. Stk, €350,000 G1 Qatar Prix de la Foret (7f) Winner: One Master (GB), f, 4 by Fastnet Rock (Aus)


One Master | Scoop Dyga

   A wide draw is supposed to be the kiss of death in the G1 Qatar Prix de la Foret, but nobody told One Master (GB) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}) as the Lael Stable homebred benefitted from a masterclass from Pierre-Charles Boudot to lift the spirits of the Haggas stable. Despite breaking from a woeful post in 15 of 16, the bay who had benefitted from being freshened up having won Tipperary’s G3 Fairy Bridge S. over an extended seven furlongs Aug. 30 was an insulting 47-1 and her rider had confidence as he anchored her towards the back. Delivered in the nick of time to reel in Inns of Court (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) close home, she prevailed by a short head, with another Godolphin runner in Dutch Connection (GB) (Dutch Art {GB}) a head behind in third. The 7-5 favourite Polydream (Ire) (Oasis Dream {GB}) was only seventh. “I’m absolutely thrilled,” commented Sea of Class’s trainer. “She’s very tough and good and we had been running her over six furlongs, but when we went up to seven she won well at Tipperary. Coming here, the key was to get her to settle which Pierre-Charles Boudot did very well. He gave her a great, great ride. When I come here and don’t have an English rider, I usually rely on Christophe Soumillon or Maxime Guyon, but they were not available so agent Shippy Ellis said to go with Boudot. I’m thrilled for the owners too, as they have been with me for over twenty years and send me everything they breed. I trained the dam and the granddam, so you can only imagine how proud I am. The plan was to keep her in training as a four-year-old, but now she’s won a group 1 we will have to regroup and see.”

Sunday, ParisLongchamp, France
QATAR PRIX DE LA FORET-G1, €350,000, ParisLongchamp, 10-7, 3yo/up, 7fT, 1:20.29, gd.
1–ONE MASTER (GB), 125, f, 4, by Fastnet Rock (Aus)
1st Dam: Enticing (Ire) (MGSW-Eng, $260,363), by Pivotal (GB)
2nd Dam: Superstar Leo (Ire), by College Chapel (GB)
3rd Dam: Council Rock (GB), by General Assembly
1ST GROUP 1 WIN. O-Lael Stable; B-Lael Stables (GB); T-William Haggas; J-Pierre-Charles Boudot. €199,990. Lifetime Record: GSW-Ire & SW-Eng, 8-4-0-2, €283,680. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Inns of Court (Ire), 128, c, 4, Invincible Spirit (Ire)–Learned Friend (Ger), by Seeking the Gold. O-Godolphin SNC; B-Darley (IRE); T-Andre Fabre. €80,010.
3–Dutch Connection (GB), 128, h, 6, Dutch Art (GB)–Endless Love (Ire), by Dubai Destination. O-Godolphin; B-Mrs S M Roy (GB); T-Charles Hills. €40,005.
Margins: SHD, HD, 1 1/4. Odds: 47.10, 16.00, 37.00.
Also Ran: Gustav Klimt (Ire), Sir Dancealot (Ire), Jimmy Two Times (Fr), Polydream (Ire), Tornibush (Ire), Teppal (Fr), So Beloved (GB), Zalamea (Ire), James Garfield (Ire), Burnt Sugar (Ire), Geniale (Jpn), Karar (GB). Scratched: Coeur de Beaute (Fr). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigreeVideo, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.


Dutch Art’s Mabs Cross Wins Abbaye War of Attrition

Sunday, October 7, 2018
6th at LCP, Gr. Stk, €350,000 G1 Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp Longines (5f) Winner: Mabs Cross (GB), f, 4 by Dutch Art (GB)


Mabs Cross | Racing Post

   Cruelly denied in a photo that was almost indeterminable in York’s G1 Nunthorpe S. last time Aug. 24, David Armstrong’s Mabs Cross (GB) (Dutch Art {GB}) made amends as she came out on top in a blanket finish to Sunday’s G1 Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp Longines. Hard at work a long way out as Gerald Mosse sought to keep her within hailing distance of the livewires Battaash (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) and Soldier’s Call (GB) (Showcasing {GB}) up ahead, the filly responded with tenacity down the outside to collar the outsider Gold Vibe (Ire) (Dream Ahead) in the shade of the post and register a head success at 11-1, with the 2-year-old Soldier’s Call only a short-head away in third and a half length in front of the 13-10 favorite Battaash. “They went furious early on and I didn’t want to rush her too much, as I felt she was needing time to get into her stride,” jockey Gerald Mosse said. “Once she was ready for her effort she did it very nicely and she’s a very good filly with a very good record. This was not a surprise.”

Sunday, ParisLongchamp, France
PRIX DE L’ABBAYE DE LONGCHAMP LONGINES-G1, €350,000, ParisLongchamp, 10-7, 2yo/up, 5fT, :57.11, gd.
1–MABS CROSS (GB), 133, f, 4, by Dutch Art (GB)
1st Dam: Miss Meggy (GB) (SW-Eng), by Pivotal (GB)
2nd Dam: Selkirk Rose (Ire), by Pips Pride (GB)
3rd Dam: Red Note (Ire), by Rusticaro (Fr)
1ST GROUP 1 WIN. (£3,000 Ylg ’15 DONNOV). O-David W Armstrong; B-Highfield Farm LLP (GB); T-Michael Dods; J-Gerald Mosse. €199,990. Lifetime Record: GSW & MG1SP-Eng, GSP-Ire, 13-6-2-3, €452,401. *1/2 to Charlie Em (GB) (Kheleyf), GSW-US & SP-Ger, $180,932. Werk Nick Rating: A++. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Gold Vibe (Ire), 137, g, 5, Dream Ahead–Whisper Dance, by Diktat (GB). (€58,000 Wlg ’13 GOFNOV; 300,000gns Ylg ’14 TAOCT). O-Pan Sutong Racing Bloodstock; B-Stonecross Stud (IRE); T-Pascal Bary. €80,010.
3–Soldier’s Call (GB), 119, c, 2, Showcasing (GB)–Dijarvo (GB), by Iceman (GB). (85,000gns Ylg ’17 TAOCT). O-Clipper Logistics; B-Llety Farms (GB); T-Archie Watson. €40,005.
Margins: HD, SHD, HF. Odds: 11.00, 43.00, 6.80.
Also Ran: Battaash (Ire), Lost Treasure (Ire), Different League (Fr), Tantheem (GB), Havana Grey (GB), Finsbury Square (Ire), City Light (Fr), Alpha Delphini (GB), Cox Bazar (Fr), Sioux Nation, Hit The Bid (GB), Declarationofpeace, Antonella (GB). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigreeVideo, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.


Dubawi’s Wild Illusion Too Good In the Opera

Sunday, October 7, 2018 
5th at LCP, Gr. Stk, €500,000 G1 Prix de l’Opera Longines (10f) Winner: Wild Illusion (GB), f, 3 by Dubawi (Ire)


Wild Illusion | Scoop Dyga

By Tom Frary

Bursting on to the scene at Chantilly 12 months ago when capturing the G1 Prix Marcel Boussac with an impressive time performance, TDN Rising Star Wild Illusion (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) also made ParisLongchamp her own on Sunday to continue her ascent up the rankings in the G1 Prix de l’Opera Longines. Freshened up since winning the G1 Nassau S. over this trip at Goodwood Aug. 2, the 13-5 favourite proved reluctant to load but once out of the gates was taken back from a frantic pace battle involving her pacemaker Winter Lightning (Ire) (Shamardal) and last year’s winner Rhododendron (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) to race in fifth. Sent to the lead passing the quarter pole by William Buick as Ryan Moore got a rail run on old rival Magic Wand (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), the homebred kept up the wattage to hit the line a length to the good as Godolphin came out on top in a second afternoon battle with Ballydoyle. “She is a gallant filly and a credit to herself and the team,” Charlie Appleby said. “We’ve always been fond of her and she’s tough and genuine and a typical Dubawi. She’s danced every dance and we came into today very confident–I thought she was the standout in the paddock and all being well, we’ll head to the [Nov. 3 GI] Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf.”

Sent off at 25-1 when upstaging Polydream (Ire) (Oasis Dream {GB}) in the Marcel Boussac, Wild Illusion confirmed herself a filly out of the top drawer and entered Newmarket’s G1 1000 Guineas with considerably more respect. Beaten convincingly by Billesdon Brook (GB) (Champs Elysees {GB}) in that May 6 Classic, she was just behind Laurens (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) and Happily (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and in front of Altyn Orda (Ire) (Kyllachy {GB}) and there had been a timely reminder of the strength of that form on Saturday when that trio finished one-two-three in the Sun Chariot. It was when she proved no match for Forever Together (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) as the favourite for the June 1 G1 Epsom Oaks that Appleby had begun to wonder when his stable’s luck would turn and ironically the very next day he got his answer in the blue riband. Again undone by Magic Wand in the G2 Ribblesdale S. sticking at a mile and a half at Royal Ascot June 21, Wild Illusion enjoyed an upsurge in her own fortunes when making all in the Nassau dropped back to this trip and this was confirmation that she rules the roost at the intermediate distance.

Aidan O’Brien was pleased with Magic Wand, who was giving her all after a busy spell. “She ran really well like in most of her outings this year,” he said. “I am not sure she will run again this year. The options are open, but we will have to see how she comes out of this race.” Homerique’s trainer Francis-Henri Graffard said of the third, “When the winner accelerated, our filly lost her rhythm and the jockey respected her. She ran well and finished with good action. She will finish her season with this race.”

Wild Illusion is the second foal out of the Listed Lord Weinstock Memorial S. winner Rumh (Ger) (Monsun {Ger}), with the first being the Listed Montrose Fillies’ S. winner Really Special (GB) (Shamardal) and the next the 2-year-old Ceratonia (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}) who was runner-up in the G3 Prix d’Aumale. The second dam is the G3 Preis der Winterkonigin winner Royal Dubai (Ger) (Dashing Blade {GB}), who was also responsible for this year’s Listed Diana-Trial scorer Realeza (Ger) from a mating with Monsun’s son Maxios (GB). The third dam Reem Dubai (Ire) (Nashwan) produced the GI Beverly D. S. heroine Royal Highness (Ger), also by Monsun who in turn is the dam of the the triple group winner Free Port Lux (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}). Reem Dubai is kin to Elbaaha (GB) (Arazi), dam of the G1 Juddmonte International S. hero Electrocutionist (Red Ransom). Rumh’s yearling and foal colts are also by Dubawi.

Sunday, ParisLongchamp, France
PRIX DE L’OPERA LONGINES-G1, €500,000, ParisLongchamp, 10-7, 3yo/up, f/m, 10fT, 2:04.32, gd.
1–WILD ILLUSION (GB), 123, f, 3, by Dubawi (Ire)
1st Dam: Rumh (Ger) (SW-Eng), by Monsun (Ger)
2nd Dam: Royal Dubai (Ger), by Dashing Blade (GB)
3rd Dam: Reem Dubai (Ire), by Nashwan
O/B-Godolphin (GB); T-Charlie Appleby; J-William Buick. €285,700. Lifetime Record: G1SW-Eng, 8-4-2-1, €1,059,584. *1/2 to Really Special (GB) (Shamardal), SW-Eng & SP-UAE, $108,180; and Ceratonia (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}), GSP-Fr. Werk Nick Rating: A+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Magic Wand (Ire), 123, f, 3, Galileo (Ire)–Prudenzia (Ire), by Dansili (GB). (€1,400,000 Ylg ’16 ARAUG). O-Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Susan Magnier & Markus Jooste; B-Ecurie des Monceaux & Skymarc Farm Inc (IRE); T-Aidan O’Brien. €114,300.
3–Homerique, 123, f, 3, Exchange Rate–Chiquita Picosa, by Congaree. ($34,000 RNA Wlg ’15 KEENOV; 22,000gns RNA Ylg ’16 TATOCT; €75,000 2yo ’17 ARQMAY). O-Ecurie de Montlahuc; B-Nicolas & Francois Drion (KY); T-Francis-Henri Graffard. €51,750.
Margins: 1, NO, 1HF. Odds: 2.60, 5.00, 10.00.
Also Ran: With You (GB), Well Timed (Ger), My Sister Nat (Fr), Navaro Girl (Ire), Athena (Ire), Urban Fox (GB), Lady Frankel (GB), Castellar (Fr), Rhododendron (Ire), L’Arc (Jpn), Desert Diamond (GB), Winter Lightning (Ire). Scratched: Night of England (GB). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigreeVideo, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.


Enable Pulls Off the Arc Double

Sunday, October 7, 2018
4th at LCP, Gr. Stk, €5,000,000 G1 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (12f) Winner: Enable (GB), f, 4 by Nathaniel (Ire)


Enable holds off Sea Of Class in an Arc extraordinaire | Racing Post

Tanking her way through Sunday’s G1 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in her inimitable style and toward immortality as the only British-trained dual winner of ParisLongchamp’s monument, the even-money favourite Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) was ultimately less impressive than at Chantilly 12 months ago but the line came just in time as compatriot Sea of Class (Ire) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) bore down late. Enjoying the perfect trip from her perfect draw, the perfect scenario was on the cards as soon as the record-holding five-times Arc hero Frankie Dettori took her forward and on to the lead with 300 metres to race. While there was not the power surge evident 12 months ago, there was enough to steal a large enough advantage to be insurmountable for the impressive flourish of the year-younger Sea of Class. At the line, there was a short neck between the Newmarket fillies, with last year’s runner-up Cloth of Stars (Ire) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) 3/4 of a length back in third. “She was not at her best today and this is entirely down to her and a lovely ride from Frankie on his 30th ride in the Arc,” John Gosden said. “It’s been a difficult and tough year with her and it has not been the preparation we’d have wanted. She had one little runaround on the all-weather and that’s not how you win an Arc. We had a hiccup between Kempton and here with a slight temperature thing, so it’s not been easy. She got herself back today with her natural determination, but she was not at full fitness and this is very much down to her mind and ability. She’s a wonderful filly and the ground was a bit slick and greasy–I had wanted more rain. It became a question of grit and durability and Frankie said in the last 100 metres he was in trouble but he gets himself up for these occasions and elevates himself to ride at a level nobody else can. If she is in good form, there’s no reason we wouldn’t try again but it’s up to Prince Khalid. This is beyond wonderful and very much against the odds, so I feel an enormous sense of relief.”

Enable had entered the 2017 renewal with a lot more in her favour, having enjoyed a flawless run up to the race via some hardening tests at Epsom, the Curragh, Ascot and York and helped by the soft ground which holds back so many and only widens the divide between her and them. She was also, as Sea of Class was this time, racing under the minimum weight of 8-9 due to age and sex and so anything other than an emphatic victory would have been an anti-climax. This time, Clarehaven Stable’s finest had been forced to navigate her through a variety of issues which kept her away from her planned starting points of the Coronation Cup, King George and Juddmonte International. When she resurfaced to dispose of Crystal Ocean (GB) (Sea the Stars {Ire}), albeit in receipt of eight pounds, on Kempton’s Polytrack in the Sept. 8 G3 September S., she gave off all the positive energy that had characterised her performances the previous season and so it seemed to be game on for Paris.

What we found out five minutes after she lunged across the line ahead of all assembled rivals for the second time and the first time at this landmark race’s spiritual home was that the last four weeks had provided extra unwelcome drama. With the draw being especially kind to counteract that, the Juddmonte dynamo sat just off the pace carved out by the Ballydoyle pair Nelson (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) and Capri (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) with Sea of Class forced to bring up the rear as James Doyle waited for a miracle. As the race’s most-improved performer Nelson took the field into the “false straight”, the prospects for Sea of Class looked grim as she faced the task of making up a near-10 length deficit on Enable who was taking Frankie ever onward. As the eventual winner ground down Capri with 1 1/2 furlongs remaining, Doyle was setting about making an impact and although his mount had to switch around Tiberian (Fr) (Tiberius Caesar {Fr}) she lost minimal momentum there. Enable had gone into the clear as Cloth of Stars lived out Andre Fabre’s promise that he had him where he was in 2017, but the closing effort of the Tsui family’s chestnut will stand alongside some of this race’s most enduring memories. For a few strides in her desperate surge for the post, it seemed almost possible that she could keep up the owners’ 100 per-cent record in the race but at the final reckoning there was half of Enable’s neck in the way.

Christopher Tsui was taking defeat on the chin as he pondered the run of the Irish and Yorkshire Oaks heroine from stall 15. “When they came into the straight, I thought she had absolutely no chance and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a race like it,” he said. “To finish where she did is unbelievable. We can’t do anything about the draw and we’ll never know what could have happened had she been drawn lower. We are pleased with the result and James [Doyle] has been fantastic in the preparation he’s done. We are very thankful for having him. Obviously, Enable is the best horse in the world right now and to finish just behind her is not bad, I think.” Maureen Haggas, daughter of Lester Piggott, revealed she had consulted with the legend shortly after the stable had learnt of the draw. “I rang my father when we found out and said ‘what do we do?’ and he said ‘don’t change tactics, drop her out the back and pray’. She has run a brilliant race and we are thrilled to bits, but sad for James [Doyle],” she said. “From that draw, she has run unbelievably well and just didn’t quite get there. We can’t be disappointed in any way, just sad as she’s a brilliant filly and got beat. James had little alternative really from where we were drawn and let’s hope she can come back next year.” Godolphin’s Lisa-Jane Graffard said, “Cloth of Stars has run an absolute blinder for the second year in the Arc and finished closer to Enable this time. He has again shown his class and acceleration and run a super race. Andre has primed him perfectly for the race. We are incredibly proud.”

Teddy Grimthorpe was keen to pay tribute to Enable and said, “She probably needed the race and was not 100 per-cent, so was getting a bit tired but is all heart. She really had the dream trip and we were lucky. There couldn’t be a greater honour for a breeding operation than winning the Arc again with a homebred filly who is exceptional and Prince Khalid is now tied with M. Boussac who also won six Arcs. The beauty of her is that she loves her racing and loves winning and no-one should underestimate the skills of John Gosden. He has done a great job and shown great patience and understanding to bring her here today. Now we have some decisions to make as to her next race and next year, but we’ll how she comes out of this in the next week or so. Being a fresh filly, with just two races under her belt this year, she could possibly run again and the [Nov. 3 GI Breeders’ Cup Turf] is one of the options.”

Given the outstanding record of Sea the Stars in the race that confirmed him as one of the greats of recent times, it is fascinating that Enable’s dam Concentric (GB) (Sadler’s Wells) produced a colt foal by him this year. Perhaps in 2021 he might be here too, as his relative Flintshire (GB) (Dansili {GB}) was on three occasions with two of those yielding second placings in 2014 and 2015. Perhaps her yearling filly by Frankel (GB) will get here first, while her 2-year-old full-sister to Enable named Entitle (GB) will have to put a debut sixth at Newmarket in June well behind her to reach anything like this standard. Concentric is connected to Dance Routine (GB), like her by Sadler’s Wells who was runner-up in the G1 Prix de Diane and last year’s GII Baltimore/Washington International Turf Cup scorer Projected (GB) (Showcasing {GB}).

Sunday, ParisLongchamp, France
QATAR PRIX DE L’ARC DE TRIOMPHE-G1, €5,000,000, ParisLongchamp, 10-7, 3yo/up, c/f, 12fT, 2:29.24, gd.
1–ENABLE (GB), 128, f, 4, by Nathaniel (Ire)
1st Dam: Concentric (GB) (SW & GSP-Fr, $117,776), by Sadler’s Wells
2nd Dam: Apogee (GB), by Shirley Heights (GB)
3rd Dam: Bourbon Girl, by Ile de Bourbon
O-Khalid Abdullah; B-Juddmonte Farms Ltd (GB); T-John Gosden; J-Lanfranco Dettori. €2,857,000. Lifetime Record: Hwt. 3yo-Eur at 11-14f, MG1SW-Eng, G1SW-Ire, 10-9-0-1, €7,356,881. *1/2 to Contribution (GB) (Champs Elysees {GB}), MGSP-Fr. Werk Nick Rating: F. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Sea of Class (Ire), 121, f, 3, Sea the Stars (Ire)–Holy Moon (Ire), by Hernando (Fr). (170,000gns Ylg ’16 TATDEY). O-Sunderland Holding Inc; B-Razza Del Velino SRL (IRE); T-William Haggas. €1,143,000.
3–Cloth of Stars (Ire), 131, h, 5, Sea the Stars (Ire)–Strawberry Fledge, by Kingmambo. (400,000gns Ylg ’14 TATOCT). O-Godolphin SNC; B-Peter Anastasiou (IRE); T-Andre Fabre. €571,500.
Margins: SNK, 3/4, 3/4. Odds: 1.00, 5.40, 41.00.
Also Ran: Waldgeist (GB), Capri (Ire), Salouen (Ire), Kew Gardens (Ire), Nelson (Ire), Study of Man (Ire), Magical (Ire), Way to Paris (GB), Tiberian (Fr), Talismanic (GB), Patascoy (Fr), Defoe (Ire), Hunting Horn (Ire), Clincher (Jpn), Neufbosc (Fr), Louis d’Or (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigreeVideo, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.


Raven’s Pass’s Royal Marine Takes the Lagardere

Sunday, October 7, 2018
2nd at LCP, Gr. Stk, €400,000 G1 Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere – Grand Criterium (Sponsorise Par Manateq) (8f) Winner: Royal Marine (Ire), c, 2 by Raven’s Pass


Royal Marine | racingfotos.com

By Tom Frary

Much of the talk before Sunday’s G1 Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at ParisLongchamp centred around the home-trained Anodor (Fr) (Anodin {Ire}), but the Freddy Head sensation had to give best behind a Godolphin-Ballydoyle skirmish in which Royal Marine (Ire) (Raven’s Pass) prevailed for the boys in blue. Having let the side down on debut, the highly-regarded homebred had provided ample compensation with a dynamic winning performance from the front at Doncaster Sept. 14 which had genuine gravity on the eye and the clock. Tending to over-race initially before settling in the able hands of Oisin Murphy, the 6-1 shot had Broome (Ire) (Australia {GB}) to lead him with Ryan Moore keen to counter the Rosegreen runner’s customary lethargy. Gaining the edge with 300 metres remaining, Royal Marine asserted soon after and may have been tiring late as the margin shrank to a neck. The 4-5 favourite Anodor, who had been described by Freddy Head before the race as the best 2-year-old he had trained, looked content behind the overseas pair throughout but when push came to shove his response was too steady and he was able only to get to within 3/4 of a length of Broome in third. For Saeed bin Suroor, the win represented a watershed moment coming out of a relatively quiet spell. “Last year, I didn’t really have the horses, but this year Sheikh Mohammed has sent me some nice horses and they are doing well,” he said. “He’s a big strong horse who could be anything and it is exciting for the future. He has talent but also temperamental issues, as he acted up in the stables before the race and it was only when I put the saddle on that he settled. I like the way he moves and he is actually really brilliant. We’ll take him to Dubai for the winter and I’ll speak to Sheikh Mohammed and we’ll make a plan.”

Royal Marine had carried a smart reputation into his six-furlong Newmarket debut Aug. 25, but did his prospects little good by becoming upset in the stalls and could manage just sixth behind TDN Rising Star and subsequent G1 Middle Park S. runner-up Jash (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}). A different proposition at Doncaster’s St Leger meeting, he was able to beat the subsequent dual winner and TDN Rising Star Turgenev (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) and cover the same seven-furlong trip in a faster time than the card’s Listed Flying Scotsman S. winner Sangarius (GB) (Kingman {GB}) carrying five pounds more. Oisin Murphy had a relatively straightforward task here and he was impressed. “He’s a very good horse, low on experience but with plenty of ability,” he said. “They went slow and we got racing early. I was wary not to get to Ryan too soon, as Royal Marine has a lot of pace but I got away with it. I think he is a miler.”

Aidan O’Brien will surely be thinking of Derbys with Broome and he said of the runner-up, “He’s finished for the year, but he’s a horse that I’m really looking forward to. He ran very well even though he is immature. We could direct him towards the Classic path. We are very happy with the start of the progeny of Australia and looking forward to see what the years to come will bring. Broome has a superb action and had plenty of gas to finish his race.” Freddy Head was taking positives from the display of Anodor and said, “When the others accelerated, he had a hard time following them but he stayed on and finished well. I was happy with the end of the race and he finished with plenty of resources. He is still an unexposed horse, he needs to mature and he hasn’t finished his growth quite yet. He hasn’t had to fight like this before and he will surely progress with time. We will see him next year, certainly over a mile to start with, but there are no reasons why he couldn’t stay further after.”

A half-brother to the useful miler Secret Ambition (GB) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}), the listed winner Crystal River (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) who stayed slightly further, and the latter’s dual-winning 3-year-old 10-furlong handicapper Midnight Meeting (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}), Royal Marine may ultimately prove most effective in the Classics staged over a mile and that was the instant impression of his jockey here. Even the dam Inner Secret (Singspiel {Ire}) is a half to bin Suroor’s high-class group 1-winning milers Librettist (Danzig) and Dubai Destination (Kingmambo). If there is hope that Royal Marine could stay the Derby trip and emulate last year’s third in this Masar (Ire) (New Approach {Ire}), it comes in Inner Secret’s half-brother Secret Number (GB) also by Raven’s Pass. He was still performing with real credit at the age of seven and stayed 12 furlongs strongly as he proved when annexing the 2013 G3 Cumberland Lodge S. and last year’s G2 International Bosphorus Cup while he also finished second over an extra furlong in the G3 Queen’s Cup. The third dam is the G3 Musidora S. third Mysteries (Seattle Slew), whose progeny list is headed by the G1 July Cup and G1 Prix de l’Abbaye sprinting hero and leading Japanese sire Agnes World (Danzig). Inner Secret’s yearling colt is by Dark Angel (Ire), while she also has a colt foal by Dawn Approach (Ire).

Sunday, ParisLongchamp, France
QATAR PRIX JEAN-LUC LAGARDERE – GRAND CRITERIUM (SPONSORISE PAR MANATEQ)-G1, €400,000, ParisLongchamp, 10-7, 2yo, c/f, 8fT, 1:39.10, gd.
1–ROYAL MARINE (IRE), 126, c, 2, by Raven’s Pass
1st Dam: Inner Secret, by Singspiel (Ire)
2nd Dam: Mysterial, by Alleged
3rd Dam: Mysteries, by Seattle Slew
1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN; 1ST GROUP WIN; 1ST GROUP 1 WIN. O/B-Godolphin (IRE); T-Saeed bin Suroor; J-Oisin Murphy. €228,560. Lifetime Record: 3-2-0-0, €239,498. *1/2 to Crystal River (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}), SW-Fr; and Secret Ambition (GB) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}), GSP-UAE, $224,564. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Broome (Ire), 126, c, 2, Australia (GB)–Sweepstake (Ire), by Acclamation (GB). (€120,000 RNA Ylg ’17 GOFOR; 150,000gns Ylg ’17 TATDEY). O-Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Susan Magnier; B-Epona Bloodstock Ltd (IRE); T-Aidan O’Brien. €91,440.
3–Anodor (Fr), 126, c, 2, Anodin (Ire)–Decize (Fr), by Kentucky Dynamite. (€32,000 RNA Ylg ’17 ARAUG). O-Ecurie Jean-Louis Bouchard & Mme Frederic Head; B-I D Fair (FR); T-Freddy Head. €45,720.
Margins: NK, 3/4, 1 3/4. Odds: 5.80, 5.90, 0.80.
Also Ran: Boitron (Fr), Shaman (Ire), Dark Jedi (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigreeVideo, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.


Style Vendome’s Lily’s Candle Swoops For Marcel Boussac Triumph

Sunday, October 7, 2018
LCP, Gr. Stk, 400000 G1 Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac (8f) Winner: Lily’s Candle (Fr), f, 2 by Style Vendome (Fr)


Lily’s Candle | Racing Post

By Tom Frary

   Allowed off at an almost unconsidered 27-1, Martin Schwartz’s Lily’s Candle (Fr) (Style Vendome {Fr}) upstaged her seven rivals and swooped late for Sunday’s G1 Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac to kick off ParisLongchamp’s Arc Sunday with a bang. The grey yielded an instant dividend on the €390,000 Schwartz had paid the night before at Arqana’s Arc Sale. Having opened up with a June 15 debut sixth tackling seven furlongs at Saint-Cloud, she graduated upped to one mile at Marseille-Borely next time July 12 before doubling up in the Aug. 4 Listed Prix des Jouvenceaux et des Jouvencelles reverting to seven at Vichy and she was a last-out fourth over that distance here in the Sept. 2 G3 Prix La Rochette. Settled at the tail of the field for the most part, she was under pressure when gifted an opportunity for a wide run with 300 metres remaining and kept on relentlessly for continued rousting in the closing stages to deny Matematica (Ger) (Rock of Gibraltar {Ire}) by a short neck nearing the line. Star Terms (GB) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) endured traffic in the straight and proved best of the rest, the same margin adrift in third. “She was sold last night at the Arqana sale and it’s turned out to be a lovely investment,” said winning trainer Fabrice Vermeulen. “We ran her hoping for a place, but with the strong pace and waiting tactics she was capable of showing more than we expected. I’m over the moon and shaking with joy after collecting a Group 1 prize. Now that she’s been bought by Mr Schwartz, I don’t know if she’ll remain here or be sent to America, but this win is a good advertisement for keeping her with me!” Carlos Laffon-Parias was delighted with the performance of runner-up Matematica, who remains a maiden after two starts, adding, “She was beaten narrowly [over this course and distance] in her first run, but we’d have run her anyway even if she’d won. It was a bit of a gamble, but the owners were sporting and played along with the plan. I thought she had it won at one point and it was a most promising effort. She’ll be a long odds-on favourite if she returns in a maiden next season.”

   Lily’s Candle, half-sister to a yearling filly by American Post (GB), is the first pattern-race winner for Golden Lily (Fr) (Dolphin Street {Fr}), who is a winning half-sister to three-time stakes scorer Liliside (Fr) (American Post {GB}), herself the dam of MG1SP G3 Tokyo Shimbun Hai and G3 Artemis S. victress Lys Gracieux (Jpn) (Heart’s Cry {Jpn}). Golden Lily is also kin to Listed Prix La Camargo victress Lily America (Fr) (American Post {GB}) and G3 Prix Miesque runner-up The Wise Lady (Fr) (Ganges), who in turn is the dam of G3 Premio Sergio Cumani heroine Ming Zhi Cosmos (Fr) (Duke of Marmalade {Ire}) and Listed Prix Zeddaan victor Melodyman (Fr) (Green Tune). The Wise Lady is also the granddam of G1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud hero Robin of Navan (Fr) (American Post {GB}).

Sunday, ParisLongchamp, France
QATAR PRIX MARCEL BOUSSAC – CRITERIUM DES POULICHES-G1, €400,000, ParisLongchamp, 10-7, 2yo, f, 8fT, 1:38.98, gd.
1–LILY’S CANDLE (FR), 123, f, 2, by Style Vendome (Fr)
1st Dam: Golden Lily (Fr), by Dolphin Street (Fr)
2nd Dam: Miller’s Lily (Fr), by Miller’s Mate (GB)
3rd Dam: Lymara (Fr), by Lyphard
1ST GROUP WIN. (€15,000 Ylg ’17 AROCT; €390,000 HRA ’18 ARQARC). O-Martin S Schwartz Racing; B-Mme Pierre Lepeudry (FR); T-Fabrice Vermeulen; J-Pierre-Charles Boudot. Lifetime Record: 5-3-0-0, €275,560. Werk Nick Rating: A+.Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Matematica (Ger), 123, f, 2, Rock of Gibraltar (Ire)–Mathematicienne (Ire), by Galileo (Ire). O/B-Wertheimer & Frere (GER); T-Carlos Laffon-Parias. €91.440.
3–Star Terms (GB), 123, f, 2, Sea the Stars (Ire)–Best Terms (GB), by Exceed and Excel (Aus). O-R Barnett; B-W&R Barnett Ltd (GB); T-Richard Hannon. €45,720.
Margins: SNK, SNK, HF. Odds: 27.00, 11.00, 6.10.
Also Ran: Lagrandecatherine (Fr), Pink Dogwood (Ire), Rocques (Fr), Dubai Beauty (Ire), Ceratonia (GB). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigreeVideo, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

fonte : TDN