Battaash registers victory in the Prix de I’Abbaye de Longchamp Longines at Chantilly
The three-year-old has been victorious twice at Sandown and once at Goodwood this summer but ended up in the fourth position in the Nunthorpe at York. Trained by Charlie Hills, Battaash started the race very well as he busted out of the stalls, without having the need to look back and having very little to worry about being caught. Last year winner Marsha gave her all to reduce the gap, but Battaash was too difficult to catch them. Marsha had to be content with the runner-up spot. Charlie Hills was all praises for Battaash as he realised that Battaash was in a different form when he arrived in the stables in the morning. It was very important for Battash to win the Group One and it will be nice to have him back next year, and if all goes well, he might as well be seen in the Breeders’ Cup.
Dettori registers fifth Prix de I’Arc de Triomphe triumph on Enable
It has been a fabulous run for Enable as she experienced a memorable season with a stunning display in the Qatar Prix de L’ Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly. John Gosden’s filly has been magnificent with four consecutive wins at the highest level in the Epsom Oaks, the Irish Oaks, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Yorkshire Oaks. The three-year-old was well positioned by Frankie Dettori behind Aidan O Brien’s pair of Idaho and Order of St. George. It was inside the final two furlongs that the Italian instigated Enable to go full throttle and saw her class, winning the Arc for an unprecedented fifth time. It was a classic race and a stunning performance from both Dettori and Enable.
Aidan O’Brien declares his plans for stable stars
Aidan is just three short of surpassing Bobby Frankel’s record of 25 top-level victories in a calendar year. He has Roly Poly and Alluringly lined up for the Group One Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot at Newmarket on Saturday. Gustav Klimt won’t be participating anymore this year. The Pentagon and Saxon Warrior could participate for the Racing Post Trophy. Order of St George can be seen at Ascot. Winter is likely to go to the Champion Stakes. Churchill and Caravaggio are likely to be retired at the end of the season but before that Caravaggio is likely to have a run at the Ascot. The Juvenile Fillies’ race at the Breeders’ Cup could see the likes of Happily and Clemmie run for Aidan.