Four Horses That Look The Big Danger To Enable On Sunday


The second favourite currently in the Arc market and clear threat to Enable is Aidan O'Brien's Japan who was an expensive recruit for the yard bought for 1.3 million Guineas but this season has started to repay that.

As a two year old he showed clear signs of potential when scoring on his final start as a juvenile in the Group 2 Beresford Stakes.

As a three year old Japan has turned into the horse everyone thought he would be still taking some time to find his feet at the start of this season campaign when fourth in the Dante Stakes on debut.

However, from there it has been nothing but progression finishing a narrow third in the Epsom Derby and has since been unbeaten in his last three starts.

The first was at Royal Ascot in the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes where he hacked up and really made a statement, since then he has landed back to back Group One contests.

The first over the course and distance of the Arc at Paris Longchamp in the Grand Prix de Paris and his latest and arguably his best performance to date when staying on well to land the Juddmonte International at York.

This again will be his toughest test to date having to take on Enable but the three year old looks to hold the strongest chance in the field.


The French's biggest chance on Sunday Sottsass for trainer Jean-Claude Rouget who has never won this race in its history and arguably has his best chance for a long time.

The three year old has been superb throughout this season, using her first run of the season to get back to fitness and then in his last three runs is unbeaten.

Back in May the French exploit landed a Listed contest on soft ground over 1 mile 2 furlongs, from there he entered his first Group One of the season in the French Derby.

An outsider of the field, he went on to score beating some serious challengers which truly put him on the radar and now if stepping up to 1 mile 4f in good style could be an Arc hopeful for his trainer.

He did just that on his latest start over course and distance for the Arc at Longchamp, winning the Group Two Prix Niel in taking style, being very short for room the whole way round but still getting up close home to win.

He is an unknown entity to the British and Irish raiders and on his home soil could cause another upset.


Along with Japan, the other raider we think has to be looked at closely if on song is Charlie Appleby's jet setting Ghaiyyath who is thought of very highly at home.

The four year old son of Dubawi has won five of his seven races during his career and this season has really come to life missing 2018 and trying to make up for it.

He started his season at Longchamp in the Group Two Prix d'Harcourt over 1 mile 2f and romped to victory and from there became a horse on punters radar.

He was less than impressive in his next at Longchamp again in the Group One Prix Ganay where he blew out to early and could only finish third.

However, last time out he gave the performance of his career over at Baden-baden in Germany, winning a decent Group One by a very wide margin.

This saw his rating go to 128 just 1lb behind Enable, which ultimately enters him into the frame on Sunday if going from the front like he did that day.


The final horse that poses a big threat to Enable in our eyes, is the Andre Fabre trained Waldgeist who really is a model professional for the seven time winning Arc handler.

Now five years of age you would have thought he wouldn't be as strong as he has been but he has seemed to be just as strong, if not better.

He has won three Group One contests during his illustrious career with one of them coming on his first run of the season in the Prix Ganay beating Ghaiyyath comfortably at Longchamp.

He is a very versatile horse that has run to a fair standard on all different types of ground, having winning form on soft to good ground which always keeps him involved.

He does have to reverse form with Enable in every meeting they've had together finishing fourth in the Arc last year behind her and recently at Ascot when finishing third in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth.

The Fabre factor and the class of this five year old always gives him a chance, especially with his best performances coming on home turf.

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