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Who can beat Enable?

Who can beat Enable?

Enable beats Crystal Ocean in the King George at Ascot – photo copyright The Racing Forum

The 2019 Arc De Triomphe could be a historic affair as John Gosden’s superstar filly ENABLE attempts to win the race for the third time.

In 2017 she ended her three year old season by beating Cloth Of Stars to take the race and the following year she held off the late challenge of the ill-fated Sea Of Class to do the double. She is a hot favourite to win again but there are plenty of rivals who will be coming to Paris with high hopes of upsetting the odds.

Top of that list is Aidan O’Brien’s three year old JAPAN. Japan had an interrupted start to 2019 and arrived at Epsom for the Derby a little short in his preparation. He finished a highly credible third that day and was then given a short break before getting on the winning track by taking the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot. He followed that up by going to France and winning the Grand Prix de Paris. He didn’t convince everyone that day but there was no doubting the merit of his latest run where he narrowly beat the consistent Group 1 performer Crystal Ocean in York’s Juddmonte International.

That form puts him there or thereabouts with Enable and, as an improving three year old from a top yard, he is one they will all have to respect when the stalls open at Longchamp.

Next in the betting is Jean-Claude Rouget’s SOTTSASS who comes to the Arc off a light campaign. His most notable success came last time when he upset the warm favourite Persian King to take the Prix du Jockey Club (the French equivalent of the Derby). That was an eye-catching performance and his shrewd trainer has kept him fresh since. He remains unexposed and could have further improvement. He is definitely one to watch out for, so why not place a bet on him via a trusted and respected site such as the highly recommended Cherry Casino?

CRYSTAL OCEAN has been running consistently in Group 1 company for a couple of seasons. He’s found Enable tough to cope with, she’s beaten him twice now although on their latest meeting he seemed to have closed the gap a little. He was also beaten by Japan last time and he just needs to find a little extra if he is to win in France. But he always runs his race and any chinks in Enable’s armour will be exposed by this fellow who is tough, battle hardened and talented.

The final one on this shortlist is Godolphin’s GHAIYYATH. This horse is a bit of an enigma. He looked a great prospect after winning two of his three starts as a two year old but was then off the track for most of his three year old season, appearing once to win impressively in a Group 3 race at the tail-end of the year.

At four, he started with a nice win in the Prix d’Harcourt after which he finished a good third behind Waldgeist in the Prix Ganay. He was then given a long break before a scintillating performance in the Grosser Preis Von Baden, winning by no less than 14 lengths, something you don’t see often in a Group 1 contest. He is another whose potential may not yet have been fully uncovered and it is more than possible that the Godolphin team may well have the joker in the pack with this son of Dubawi.

All eyes will be on Longchamp, Paris on the 6th October as Enable attempts to make history, but be in no doubt that there will be plenty lining up with reasonable prospects of spoiling the party.

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