The weight for age scale and gender allowances have served horse racing well but it seems unfair that Enable will get both concessions in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. The horse is a three-year-old filly so is perceived to be at an age and sex disadvantage and the weight conditions should see the horse justify favouritism. The race is a Group 1 contest run over 12 furlongs, at Chantilly again this year as building work is taking place at Longchamp.
Enable recived weight from the older horses and colts in the King George at Ascot. Highland Reel was carrying a full stone more and that burden was just too big. Enable never looked not winning that race and it would have taken a wonder horse to beat her carrying a full stone more. Collateral form regarding Ulysses strengthens her case and she should confirm Ascot running if that horse tales part.
Enable was equally as impressive in winning the Yorkshire Oaks at York in August and in the Arc is now the target. Fillies have won four of the last five Arcs which shows that at the highest level the weight advantage is crucial. Enable is the ante post odds-on favourite to make that record five from six. Every winner since 2003 has been aged three or four and Enable is three.
The horse won the English and Irish Oaks earlier this season so has now won four Group 1 contests in the last three months. She is arguably now the best horse in training in Europe and the Arc is Europe’s most prestigious Flat race. Enable hardened in the betting after two leading contenders from France ran poor trials.
Enable dominates the Arc betting to such an extent that every other horse is quoted at double-figure odds. Luck in running is important in the Arc but Frankie Dettori can stay out of trouble by riding his horse from the front. Enable is the horse to back on form and ratings and cannot be opposed with both weight allowances.