Arc Named As World's Best Race Of 2018

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Arc Named As World's Best Race Of 2018

The Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Arc) was officially named the leading contest on the globe last year, at the World's Best Racehorse ceremony in London last night.

For a second year in a row, and the third time in four years, the Arc has been accredited by Longines, and was placed in front on a figure of 125, just ahead of the Queen Elizabeth Stakes held in Randwick, Australia.

The winner of the French highlight for the last two years has been John Gosden's Enable - deemed one of the greatest fillies - now Mare(s) of all time, yet she was somehow unplaced in the category of world's greatest racehorse.

That honour was claimed by Aussie superstar Winx, who shared the spoils with Enable's former stable companion Cracksman, who both were awarded a mark of 130.

Enable will bid for a third Arc later this year, but will be looking for a better preparation after an injury kept her sidelined until the Autumn last term, where she eventually made her reappearance in the September Stakes at Kempton - just a month before the big race at Longchamp.

In fact, her arrival in France for the French showpiece was her first encounter on the Turf since winning it for the first time twelve months earlier.

Enable finished her interrupted season with an eye-catching success in the Breeders Cup Turf at Churchill Downs.

Third in the overall race standings was Royal Ascot's Prince of Wales's Stakes - highest of the British, where the retired son of Frankel (Cracksman) was actually beaten by the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Poet's Word.

York's Juddmonte International - won by another one of Enable's stablemates Roaring Lion, was next taking a share of fourth alongside the Dubai Sheema Classic.