British-bred superstar Enable put the seal on her magnificent 2017 by winning the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly on Sunday.
The victory came just two years after the success of Hascombe & Valiant Studs homebred Golden Horn, also for trainer John Gosden and jockey Frankie Dettori, who became the most successful jockey in France’s showpiece race with five wins.
Enable is now a winner of five consecutive Group 1s including the Investec Oaks and King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored By QIPCO) and could stay in training next season.
The first British-trained three-year-old filly to win the Arc is from the British arm of her owner-breeder Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte operation. She was sired by Newsells Park Stud’s stallion Nathaniel and her dam Concentric was also a Juddmonte homebred.
The broodmare has a two-year-old colt by Banstead Manor Stud’s Dansili named Centroid, a yearling filly by the same sire and a filly foal by Frankel.
Trainer John Gosden said: “She’s a marvellous three-year-old filly. She’s very special and was well positioned by Frankie.
“The owner and breeder Prince Khalid, he bred the mother and for his whole farm to produce something like this is exciting for us all to see.
“I think it would be wrong to run her again this year. She’s raced really for 10 months in her life so therefore I would probably point out that if she’s in great form, we should consider next year. Maybe it would be wonderful to go to Longchamp for the opening of the new Longchamp and try and do it again.”
The afternoon started in style for the British-bred contenders when Wild Illusion won the Gr1 Prix Marcel Boussac.
The Godophin homebred is a daughter of Dalham Hall’s superstar Dubawi out of Rumh, making her a half-sister to dual Listed winner Really Special.
She was supplemented for the race and in beating Polydream by a length and a half, looks a live contender for next year’s British Classics.
Trainer Charlie Appleby said: “It’s great for the team and we’ll put her away for the winter now.
“On the back of that, staying is going to be her trip. We’ll see how she winters but I’m sure she’ll be in the reckoning for the Guineas.”
British trainers had a memorable day elsewhere on the card, with the first five home in the Gr1 Prix de l’Abbaye hailing from Britain, as well as the one-two in the Gr1 Prix de la Forêt.
In anticipation of Tattersalls’ October Yearling Sale 2017, which commences on the 3rd October, GBRI is launching an interactive map of Federation of Bloodstock Agents (FBA) member agents on its website. The map aims to aid international buyers in particular to find a recognised agent who suits their needs, and to facilitate first contact.
This latest search function on GBRI’s website is a useful and simple tool. The user identifies the desired location and expertise of a prospective agent and is presented with the profile, photo and contact details of those agents that match the selected details.
The map – essentially a directory – will act as an effective gateway through which prospective buyers can easily and confidently make contact with suitable agents, while also acting as a platform from which FBA member agents across the country can access new clients.
The map is a product of the work that GBRI has undertaken alongside the FBA to grow inward investment into British bloodstock sales.
Chairman of the FBA, Oliver Gaisford-St Lawrence, comments: “The FBA is delighted to be working with GBRI on the launch of its new interactive map. This webpage is an efficient resource for new prospective buyers, particularly those from overseas, as it simplifies the process of finding a suitable agent and provides that all important foot in the door. We also hope it will bring a new audience to our members.”
Leopardstown Racecourse was lit up on Saturday afternoon when Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar’s Blue Diamond Stud homebred Decorated Knight came with a thundering run down the outside of the field to snatch the feature race on day one of Irish Champions Weekend, the Gr1 QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes.
The British-bred five-year-old has now run in seven Gr1 contests in three different countries this year, winning three of them. His career prize money total now stands at over £1,325,000.
Tony Nerses, advisor to Blue Diamond Stud just outside Newmarket, told GBRI before the race: “You can’t get any better than breeding a Group 1 winner, he has given us so much pleasure and to be able to run in all these races is such a privilege. The mare is in foal to Galileo again, so hopefully there will be even more to come.”
Decorated Knight was the first foal of broodmare Pearling (Storm Cat), who was purchased for Blue Diamond Stud for 130,000gns at the Tattersalls December Mares Sale 2011.
Trainer Roger Charlton has enjoyed considerable success in Ireland in recent years, what with Decorated Knight’s victory in the Tattersalls Gold Cup in May and Al Kazeem’s two wins in the race in 2013 and 2015. This was, however, a first win in the Irish Champion Stakes for the Beckhampton trainer, as it was for jockey Andrea Atzeni, who received plenty of praise in the aftermath for his enterprising ride.
British trainers picked up the majority of the prize money in the race, with the Sir Michael Stoute trained Poet’s Word finishing a half length back in second and Martyn Meade’s recent Gr2 winner Eminent taking third place.
It was also a successful weekend for British trainers in France.
Richard Fahey’s Ribchester claimed the fourth Gr1 win of his career with a battling performance in the Qatar Prix du Moulin de Longchamp at Chantilly on Sunday afternoon.
Trained in Yorkshire and owned by Godolphin, the colt had already won the Lockinge at Newbury and the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot in what has been a sterling season before a surprise defeat at Goodwood early last month. He started his campaign by running in Dubai in March.
Given a fine ride by James Doyle, Ribchester followed the pace set by the fellow British-trained Robin Of Navan before hitting the front on the turn for home. He was made to work hard when challenged by Taareef but galloped to the line three-quarters of a length clear, with Owen Burrows’ Massaat third and Robin Of Navan holding on for fourth.
It was a third winner on Arc trials afternoon for British trainers following the successes of John Gosden’s Cracksman in the Prix Niel and Clive Cox’s Lady Macapa in the Prix du Petit Couvert.
Richard Fahey said: “It was nice to see him win again. He coped with the soft ground but is definitely better on a sounder surface.
“He will be aimed towards the QEII and then we will discuss the Breeders’ Cup Mile two weeks after that.”
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