Tearful Frankie Dettori relives Enable heartbreak following Arc de Triomphe defeat

Frankie Dettori and Enable return after finishing second in the Arc
Frankie Dettori and Enable return after finishing second in the Arc

Frankie Dettori has admitted he "shed a tear" during the hours that followed Enable's heartbreaking defeat in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at ParisLongchamp last weekend.

John Gosden's brilliant mare was a red-hot favourite to become the first horse to win Europe's premier middle-distance contest three times, but was mowed down late on by Waldgeist - providing trainer Andre Fabre with a record eighth victory in the race.

Having had almost a week to digest what happened, Dettori spoke eloquently on ITV Racing's Opening Show on Saturday morning - reflecting on both the pre-race build-up and the aftermath.

Dettori said: "It was amazing - as soon I stepped out of the weighing room people were screaming and going berserk. It was like being at the football, it was not horse racing any more.

"The paddock was rammed and then I got on the filly and I was trying to take it all in - it was a special moment.

"The parade seemed to go on and on and when I got near the winning post they weren't shouting Enable any more, they were shouting my name. I never expected such warmth from not only the English people, but I think the French were behind her as well.

"The race went exactly like I thought. I had a great spot and the pace was strong. I was able to save ground and give my horse a breather and everything was fine until the Andre Fabre horse spoiled it in the last 100 yards!"

Dettori continued: "The race could not have gone better. I wish Magical had took me into the race a bit longer, but once Sottsass arrived I had to go.

"Waldgeist quickened and I didn't, that's the difference. The only thing that made him go and my filly stop was the ground - if the ground was good I would have got to the line.

"She really tried her heart out and we came close. I shed a tear on Sunday night, but she went down in glory, even in defeat."

Connections are due to decide soon whether Enable will race on or be retired from racing.

Dettori is obviously keeping his fingers crossed he gets another chance to partner her in Paris next year.

He said: "Of course I was deflated, but I had another three races to ride in, so I had to pick myself up and try and get it out of my mind.

"It's been an amazing experience for everybody involved and I just hope Prince Khalid keeps her in training and we can try again next year!"


Related horse racing links

Like what you've read?
Help your friends Know It All by sharing this article to your social media.

Most Read Racing

Check out Monday's racing preview1

Monday's racing preview

Keith Hamer makes Tarboosh his best bet of the day at Musselburgh on Monday - he has a selection for every race in the UK and Ireland.

Stradivarius2

QIPCO British Champions Day preview

We've news of the five-day declarations and the view from leading trainers ahead of Saturday's QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot.

Sporting Life's NAP of the day3

Daily Nap: We're Not Worthy!

David Ord heads to Hereford for Sporting Life Daily Nap on Tuesday with Paul Nicholls fancied to maintain his excellent start to the new jumps season.

Check out the day's main market movers and most backed4

The Market Place: Just the job!

We round up the day's movers and shakers from the Sky Bet trading room, plus details of the firm's racing Price Boosts

Sporting Life picks out the top five sporting events of the week not to be missed5

Five for the week: Oct 14-20

Our 'Five for the Week' looks ahead to another exciting week of sport, including the return of Premier League football, top-class racing courtesy of British Champions Day and more.

Most Read Racing

Check out Monday's racing preview1

Monday's racing preview

Keith Hamer makes Tarboosh his best bet of the day at Musselburgh on Monday - he has a selection for every race in the UK and Ireland.

Stradivarius2

QIPCO British Champions Day preview

We've news of the five-day declarations and the view from leading trainers ahead of Saturday's QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot.

Sporting Life's NAP of the day3

Daily Nap: We're Not Worthy!

David Ord heads to Hereford for Sporting Life Daily Nap on Tuesday with Paul Nicholls fancied to maintain his excellent start to the new jumps season.

Check out the day's main market movers and most backed4

The Market Place: Just the job!

We round up the day's movers and shakers from the Sky Bet trading room, plus details of the firm's racing Price Boosts

Sporting Life picks out the top five sporting events of the week not to be missed5

Five for the week: Oct 14-20

Our 'Five for the Week' looks ahead to another exciting week of sport, including the return of Premier League football, top-class racing courtesy of British Champions Day and more.

Next Race Off

16:30 Musselburgh
10
(2)
Catch My Breath
J: Mr S Walker
2
(3)
Luna Magic
J: Miss B Hampson
6
(7)
One To Go
J: Miss E Easterby
1
(4)
Firlinfeu
J: Mr J Harding
13
(13)
Star Of Valour
J: Miss E Todd
4
(9)
Agar's Plough
J: Miss Joanna Mason
5
(14)
Zeshov
J: Miss S Brotherton
9
(8)
Zealous
J: Mr Connor Wood
3
(10)
Spirit Of Sarwan
J: Miss S L Bowen
14
(12)
Star Ascending
J: Mr Ryan Holmes
8
(6)
Lagenda
J: Mr Andrew McBride
12
(11)
Guvenor's Choice
J: Miss A Collier
11
(5)
Imperial Focus
J: Miss A Waugh
7
(1)
Dance Of Fire
J: Mr Kit Alexander

Racing Tips

Check out Monday's racing preview

Monday's racing preview

Keith Hamer makes Tarboosh his best bet of the day at Musselburgh on Monday - he has a selection for every race in the UK and Ireland.

Sporting Life's NAP of the day

Daily Nap: We're Not Worthy!

David Ord heads to Hereford for Sporting Life Daily Nap on Tuesday with Paul Nicholls fancied to maintain his excellent start to the new jumps season.

Check out the latest daily racing preview

Tuesday's racing preview

Anita Chambers is keen on the chances of Last Surprise at Leicester on Tuesday - read her full preview and tips here.