Eight horses have been able to land the Arc twice, with Treve and Enable being the most recent ones. Treve attempted the hat-trick in 2015 but she had to settle for fourth place on that occasion in the race that was won by Golden Horn.
A stellar season - the brilliant Enable, crowned Cartier Horse of the Year at last night's Cartier Racing Awards... pic.twitter.com/cT69U3W9eB— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) November 15, 2017
Enable, who is a daughter of Nathaniel, dominated her three-year-old campaign on the track, winning the Oaks, Irish Oaks, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Yorkshire Oaks before her opening success in the Arc.
Unfortunately for those connected to the horse and for racing fans, we did not see much of her in 2018 as an injury ruled her out for the opening three-quarters of the season. She made a return to the track at Kempton on the all-weather surface in the September Stakes where she scored by just over three lengths.
Enable Holds Sea of Class to Defend Arc Crown
In the 2018 Arc, Franke Dettori opted to make his drive for the winning line at the two-furlong pole and he was chased home by Sea of Class, who finished just a short-head behind her rival in what proved to be a thrilling finish to the 1m4f contest.
Seven horses have tried to win the Arc on their second run of the year this century— Weekender (@RPWeekender) October 7, 2018
Nakayama Festa 11th
Anything there to worry Enable backers today? pic.twitter.com/sGzloCVv9r
Enable could meet Sea of Class once again in the same race in October where the defending champion is 11/4 in the horse racing betting to make history by completing her hat-trick at Longchamp.
The reigning Arc winner did not stop at Longchamp for the season in 2018. A month later, she went across to the United States where she became the first horse to score in the Arc and a Breeders’ Cup race in the same year. Enable lined up in the Breeders’ Cup Turf and along with Magical, the pair went clear of the opposition from North America to fight it out between them at the finish. Dettori was just able to get to a little more from his horse to prevail by just under a length.
Enable Set to Run at Epsom in Coronation Cup
John Gosden’s mare is set to make her seasonal reappearance in the Coronation Cup at Epsom on May 31. If successful, it will be her eighth Group One success and will bring her unbeaten record up to 10 races.
The Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot is also likely to be on Enable’s radar this season but Gosden is unlikely to over-run his mare in what could be a lightly campaigned year to ensure she is fresh for her main target at the end of the year.
Challengers to Enable in the Arc this year are likely to come from Too Darn Hot, who is tipped to be the leading three-year-old in the UK this season, while 2018 Derby winner Masar could be a strong challenger on his return from injury.
The 2019 Arc takes place on October 6 in what will be the 98th running of the turf race this year.