Enable was denied a third consecutive Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp having been headed close home by the Andre Fabre trained Waldgeist. Frankie Dettori's mount looked set to create history as she struck the front but was outstayed in the latter stages by the five year, who was providing his trainer with his eighth win in the race. Fourth behind Enable twelve months ago, the son of Galileo was claiming his fourth Group 1 win and his fifth course victory. The three year olds Sottsass and Japan ran well in third and fourth respectively and it is hoped the pair stay in training next year.
The disappointment of the race was the performance of Ghaiyyath who attempted to make all but weakened tamely with over quarter of a mile to run before finishing a well beaten tenth. However, Godolphin enjoyed Group 1 success earlier on the card with Victor Ludorum maintaining his unbeaten record in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere. A stablemate of Waldgeist, he quickened up well off a slow gallop to win by three parts of a length. A son of Shamardal, he is likely to be trained with the French Classics in mind next year. Sheikh Mohammed's operation have a formidable team of juveniles in 2019 with the unbeaten Earthlight, Pintubo and Victor Ludorum amongst others.
Switching codes, the highlight on Uttoxeter's card on Sunday was the two and a half miles beginners chase which was won by Erick Le Rouge. A progressive sort over hurdles last term winning four times with his rating climbing from 112 to 137, the Gentlewave gelding jumped well in behind the leaders before taking over on the run-in. Kept up to his work under Chester Williams, he scored by a length. Despite only finishing third, there was a lot of encouragement to be gained by the performance of Django Django. A three times winner over timber and rated 131, Jonjo O'Neill's charge was well supported beforehand and jumped neatly throughout. Crucially, the Voix Du Nord gelding lost his position after the fifth last before staying on strongly after the second last. Long-term, he will be suited by a return to three miles and it won't be long before his sheds his maiden tag over the larger obstacles.
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