Enable’s path towards a historic third victory in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on Sunday became significantly easier on Thursday morning following the news that Love, her main rival in the betting since her win in the Oaks at Epsom, had been withdrawn from the race due to softening ground in Paris.
Aidan O’Brien, Love’s trainer, scratched the dual Classic winner, a few minutes before the draw for stall positions in Sunday’s race. She replaced Enable as the favourite for the Arc in early July at around 5-2 and maintained her position at the head of the market until earlier this week, when she drifted out to 7-2 as heavy rain arrived at Longchamp.
Enable was beaten on very soft ground at Longchamp 12 months ago, when John Gosden, her trainer, suggested that the six-year-old “does not have the same explosive turn of foot” on testing going.
However, she also hit the front some way from home before being run down by Waldgeist inside the final furlong and is likely to be ridden with more restraint this weekend. Enable also has Group One-winning form on soft ground in the King George at Ascot in 2017.