Waldgeist stuns history-chasing Enable to win Arc

Pierre-Charles Boudot riding Waldgeist came with a telling finish

Pierre-Charles Boudot riding Waldgeist came with a telling finish

"I waited for the 300 metres, but didn't find as much as I thought", Dettori said. "The ground had a lot to do with it".

Enable had beaten Waldgeist three times before the five-year-old - owned jointly by the German breeders Gestut Ammerland and Newsells Park Stud, in Hertfordshire - finally exacted his revenge.

Waldgeist upset as a 13-1 shot, paying $28.20, with Enable off as the odds-on favorite.

Jockey Frankie Dettori said he believed the conditions had stopped her from showing her absolute best.

"I don't know whether he will run again this year and I will talk to the owner about that".

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Gosden's sporting reaction was shared by an equally philosophical Teddy Grimthorpe who is racing manager to Enable's owner Prince Khalid Abdullah.

"That said, Enable was 8-13 and therefore a very short price, so it was the doubles and trebles with Battaash and Mehdaayih we were anxious about".

"We've always said Prince Khalid will make the decisions", Grimthorpe said. Prince Khalid will want to reflect on all the various possibilities, give it some good thought - and hopefully we'll come up with a good answer.

"I would imagine so [she will go to the Guineas], she gets the mile well and she is a big filly and I'd imagine she would stay further than a mile".

"I'm very proud that Waldgeist managed to beat such a fantastic mare - I'm delighted", said the aforementioned Fabre as he accepted the gracious congratulations of the Enable entourage. It was not what we all wanted obviously but in the end we have to accept these things in racing. I was really not that confident going into today, but she showed the real Albigna that we see at home.

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Gosden was philosophical about the defeat, only her second in 15 starts.

There was a shock result in the Group One Prix de l'Abbaye sprint when Glass Slippers was a runaway victor for Hambleton trainer Kevin Ryan and jockey Tom Eaves, with hot favourite Battaash never featuring.

Waldgeist swooped past easily to land the €3,150,000 ($3,456,340) prize at odds of 16-1.

He told Gambling Insider: "Clearly the Enable result was a thing for the industry and was very much needed after a awful Saturday at Ascot when five favorites won in a row".

He took his tally of Group One wins for the year to a new personal-best 17 when his and Gosden's Oaks heroine Anapurna led throughout in the newly-elevated Prix de Royallieu at ParisLongchamp.

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A few hours later at Wolverhampton, Betsey Trotter's length victory in the bet365 Fillies' Handicap was notable as the 1,000th success of trainer David O'Meara's career.

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