Frankie Dettori 'absolutely buzzing' after Enable 2020 return announced


Frankie Dettori on Enable wins the 2017 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (REUTERS/Benoit Tessier)

An emotional Frankie Dettori is ‘absolutely buzzing’ after it was announced that star horse Enable would stay in training with view to competing in 2020.

Owner Prince Khalid Abdullah made the surprise announcement after it had been expected that the six-year-old veteran mare had run her last race following her second place finish at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe earlier this month.

Ridden by Dettori, Enable finished second behind Waldgeist, denying the duo a third successive Arc success as well as ending a run of 12 successive wins for for horse and jockey.

However, instead of being put out to stud, she will now be kept in training with John Gosden.

“She is the world’s favourite horse,” Dettori was reported to have said. “To have one more year with my special girl is amazing. I can’t wait to sit back on her again on the racetrack next year. I’m absolutely buzzing about this.

“To me she has been the horse of a lifetime and to have one more year is wonderful.”

The flat racing superstar, who also won the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot for the second time earlier this year, will now have another chance at an unprecedented third Arc de Triomphe in 2020.

“If we can get her to the Arc again next year and try to claim that record-breaking third win in the race, it would be brilliant,” Dettori added.

Prince Abdullah's long-serving racing manager Lord Grimthorpe also reiterated the desire to claim the top prize at the Paris racecourse.

He said: “She has come out of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in good form and will not race again this year.

“Her racing programme will be determined entirely by her wellbeing, so no racing plans will be announced at this stage. The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe remains an important target.”



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