Gestut Ammerland and Newsells Park's Waldgeist hit his best stride in the final 150 yards to defeat champion Enable on Sunday, spoiling the mare's attempt for a history-making third win in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. A 5-year-old son of Galileo, Waldgeist gave jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot his first win in the race and trainer Andre Fabre his eighth.
Enable had won the Arc in 2017 and 2018, making her the seventh to two-time winner of the historic contest. The John Gosden-trained daughter of Nathaniel was bidding to become the first three-time Arc winner, but she and jockey Frankie Dettori were relegated to second on the day.
“We don't love her any less,” Lord Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for Enable's owner Khalid Abdullah, told ITV Racing. Last year the champion mare became the first to win the Arc and the Breeders' Cup Turf in the same season, but after Sunday's loss Grimthorpe was not ready to commit to any answers about Enable's future.
The crowd welcomed Enable back with applause and cheering, acknowledging her gallantry in defeat, and Dettori gave the champion a kiss on her neck before dismounting.
— Stephen R Power (@racingblogger) October 6, 2019
Waldgeist has chased Enable home three times over the past year, finishing fourth behind her in last year's edition of the Arc, then fifth in the Breeders' Cup Turf. This year, the pair met up in the G1 King George at Ascot to see Waldgeist check in third behind Enable and Crystal Ocean.
Of Waldgeist's four runs this season prior to the Arc, each of his two victories had come over the Longchamp course. He won the Group 1 Prix Ganay back in April, and most recently the Group 2 Prix Foy in mid-September.
His victory in the Arc earns Waldgeist and his connections an expenses-paid return trip to the Breeders' Cup Turf next month at Santa Anita Park in Southern California.
— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) October 6, 2019
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