Enable headlines the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe 2019 runners

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe tips: History beckons for Enable

Enable is backed to claim a historic third Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe success following the late withdrawal of main market rival Love.

Soft ground at Longchamp prompted Aidan O’Brien to pull out this year’s Oaks winner, leaving John Gosden’s mare as a firm favourite for glory in France.

Plenty of cut underfoot will not faze Enable, even though she was upset by Waldgeist when an odds-on second in this race 12 months ago in atrocious conditions.

Her 2017 Arc victory came on an easy surface at Chantilly and she followed up at the rebuilt Longchamp a year later.

Two of her three King George wins at Ascot have come on good-to-soft going and we’re happy to take 5/4 for Enable from the 2020 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe odds.

Preparations for the cross-Channel raid have gone well and eclipsing the likes of Treve, Alleged and Ribot by landing a trio of Arc victories should be well within her compass.

Frankie Dettori described last year’s defeat, when reeled in late on, as the “worst in my entire professional career”, but he is hopeful of returning triumphant this time.

“We have already achieved something historic by winning the King George for a third time,” he said.

“Frankly, the pressure involved is less than last year – and it’s not because there will be fewer people in Paris.

“The ground is a very important factor and Enable has already shown that she can handle it, although I hope that we won’t experience extremes of going, as happened last year.”

Being drawn in stall five should allow Dettori to take up a handy position, before hopefully cruising into contention and then kicking clear approaching the furlong pole.

Sottsass to be best of the rest

Three-time Ascot Gold Cup hero Stradivarius (5/1) will be popular among each-way punters, as testing conditions will bring his staying power into play.

However, we just prefer Sottsass (7/1) to chase home Enable for the forecast in our 2020 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe predictions.

The lightly-raced four-year-old kept on well to finish third here 12 months ago, having previously beaten Persian King in the French Derby.

Jean-Claude Rouget appears to have campaigned his colt with another crack at Arc glory in mind all year and he will be ridden to come through late.

Persian King (20/1) was impressive when beating Pinatubo in the Prix du Moulin over a mile at this venue last month, giving him a third Group One success.

Andre Fabre’s record eight victories in this race means he has to be respected, but a mile and half in tough conditions will test his stamina.

ITV are also covering a couple of Group One juvenile contests in the build-up to the main event.

In the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere, Nando Parrado can give Clive Cox another memorable triumph in what has been a stellar year for the Lambourn trainer.

The Coventry Stakes winner seemed to be crying out for this step up to 7f when a good second to American raider Campanelle in the Prix Morny at Deauville.

Fev Rover can score for Yorkshire handler Richard Fahey in the Prix Marcel Boussac over a mile.

This bargain buy beat a useful sort in Dubai Fountain at Sandown in July and proved he travels well with a subsequent Group Two success at Deauville.

Runner-up Plainchant has since franked that form with a five-length victory at Chantilly.

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