Enable doesn't miss a thing!
It was a back-to-work weekend for the double Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner, with Enable winning for the 11th time in 12 outings, winning her 8th Group 1 at the same time! It confirms her position as the favorite to win a third Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, and to become even more prominent in racing history.
She took out the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown, the 12th racecourse that the Champion has run at, in 12 outings! She was ridden by Frankie Dettori, who was emotional at the end of the race. "She's a Champion and she showed it again today. Before a first-prep race, we’re always a little afraid because we’re not yet at 100% race fitness. This morning, she was very good, but Magical is also a wonderful filly who already has three wins to her credit this year, so that was a great match-up... but I always had everything under control throughout the race. It was a wonderful show. People were really happy for her today," her jockey told Equidia.
The racing world had a second big meeting this weekend with a duel at the top between the two best trotters of the moment: Bold Eagle who showed his superb form again a few weeks ago, driven by Bjon Goop, against the best European gelding, Aubrion du Gers! A magnificent fight that started very early in the race where Bjorn Goop forced his opponent to the outside, into the wind, not giving in for several hundred meters. After a short break where Bold Eagle controlled the race, the two stars set the stage again and Bold Eagle started the last (and long) straight of La Capelle in the lead, accelerating once again, but Aubrion du Gers reacted and this time was able to pass the two-time winner of the Prix d'Amérique... but they didn’t count on the enthusiasm of young driver Paul Ploquin, driving the Sébastien Guarato trained horse, Valko Jénilat for the first time. The young man set the 10-year-old black stallion off to tackle the race and the latter surprised everyone by catching the stars and winning his 22nd victory, one of the most prestigious of his career!
The two stars gave too much too early in their first battle and their tactics didn’t work out well for them in this race of only 7 starters.