Well-drawn Enable primed for Longchamp


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Connections of Enable are happy with her draw for Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and aren’t concerned about her taking to the Longchamp track on her first run there.

The John Gosden-trained superstar won the Arc last year when it was run at Chantilly and she’s the hot-favourite to retain her crown when Europe’s Premier middle distance race returns to its traditional Longchamp home.

Enable has never run at the Paris track before but, after being handed a plum draw in stall six for the Arc, connections are not concerned going into the race.

“She has gone well round Chester and Epsom and won going right-handed so I don’t see a problem.

I don’t think that is an issue,” said Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah.

“Obviously the draw should be helpful but she has got to have the perfect trip through the race as well.”

After an early season injury, Enable impressed when landing the September Stakes on the all-weather at Kempton last month, defeating Crystal Ocean comprehensively in her Arc-prep. She has come out of that race well and is all set for Sunday’s mission.

“If we had written the script it wouldn’t have been any different for what she did in her first race since the Arc last year,” Grimthorpe added.

“She did everything we could have asked and showed she was back in good shape. It was very encouraging without saying she was a ready Arc winner.

“Everyone has been pleased with her since Kempton and she is very straightforward and in good form.”

Sea Of Class, winner of the Irish and Yorkshire Oaks this summer for trainer William Haggas has drawn a potential problem in stall 15, while Aidan O’Brien’s St Leger hero Kew Gardens is also wider than ideal in stall 14.

Enable is 2.00 to retain the Arc crown, with Sea Of Class 4.50 and Kew Gardens 11.00.

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