The bookmakers have earmarked the 3-year-old filly LOVE as their favourite for this year’s Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Group 1), which takes place on the 4th October at ParisLongchamp. She well deserves this status according to one of her main rivals: jockey Lanfranco Dettori, who will be partnering Enable in the race as she aims for an historic third victory.
Between the 19th and the 22nd August, the English and Irish racing stars gathered at the critical York race meeting. All that was missing was Lanfranco Dettori, who had chosen to spend nine days in France to take part in the major races at the Deauville racing festival. He left the Normandy coast on Sunday night to begin his mandatory quarantine in the U.K of eight days. Lanfranco Dettori of course still kept on eye on the racing at York, where a number of potential rivals to his champion Enable were racing. Love’s impressive win in the Yorkshire Oaks (Group 1), won by Enable in 2017 and 2019, stood out for the Italian jockey. He is now convinced that Love is now the logical favourite for the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe! As are the bookmakers…
The jockey spoke to Sporting Index: “Nobody can be surprised what Ghaiyyath did in the Juddmonte and what Love did in the Yorkshire Oaks, they are the superstars and they delivered. Love has now won the Guineas by four lengths, the Oaks by nine and the Yorkshire Oaks by five, she’s a three-year-old who gets all the allowances and overall you’d have to say she’s now entitled to her place at the top of the betting for the Arc. It will be an amazing contest and it’s without a doubt the best race that we’ve got in Europe, and to win it you’ve got to be the very best. As for Enable, I can’t wait to see her again next week. At the moment I’ve got to stay at my house until next Monday, and I’m lucky that I’ve got a gym here so I can work out and stay fit, but after that I’ll be straight into riding out…”
Lanfranco Dettori will be back on board Enable in the September Stakes (Group 3) on Saturday 5th September at Kempton Park. The mare won this race in 2018, before her second win in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Enable is quoted between 2.5/1 and 3/1 by the bookmakers in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, just behind Love, who is available at 1.75/1 and 2.25/1.