I am really looking forward to the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe but of course I am feeling a bit nervous too.
Anything can happen in a big race and the worst thing about it now is that we still have a few days to go, so it’s a long wait!
Enable is the odds-on favourite for the Arc, so if I don’t get nervous for that then when will I? I am of course excited as well! It’s all part of the process.
When it comes to Enable, I shouldn’t have to say how good she has been, it’s black and white!
She’s been a model of consistency and is in good fettle but this is her biggest appointment yet. It’s the most famous race in Europe, and she will have to deal with that.
I expect it’s going to be a big field and there will be a lot of dangers in the race. She needs a good draw and Chantilly can be a bit tricky. I don’t doubt the filly’s ability, but you also need a bit of luck in the Arc.
The main danger for me is Ulysses. I am a big fan of him and he’s a horse on the up.
Obviously if Winter turns up she will also be a threat but there is a question mark about her stamina. I mean you have to be aware of everything but they’re the two I’d be frightened of the most.
I have no concerns over the ground. Enable has dealt with most types of ground.
A bit of rain won’t bother her. She ran on firm in the Irish Oaks, heavy in the King George, soft in York; I mean she has tackled most conditions.
On Saturday I ride Big Orange in the Prix Du Cadran. I know the Gredley’s very well; I had a great win for them on James Garfield at Newbury at the weekend.
Hopefully it stays reasonably dry until Saturday for Big Orange and he’ll have a chance!
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