To a flying dismount Frankie Dettori, ever the showman, added a bow on one knee to Enable after she turned her British swan-song in the Unibet September Stakes into a glorified workout, making all and stretching away inside the last two furlongs to win by seven lengths.
At odds of 1-14 she was as near a certainty as you can get but the 150 people watching certainly showed their appreciation as much for what Enable has done for British racing over the past four years as the way she won Saturday’s race against lesser opposition.
“All roads to Longchamp,” declared the jockey after putting the finishing touches on her preparation for the Prix de L’Ac de Triomphe in four weeks’ time. “We came here to do a job and she strode out well. She did that all by herself and the dream (of a record third Arc) is still alive.”
Gosden, who will not be at Longchamp under current quarantining rules would mean him missing the most important yearling sales in Newmarket the following week, said: “That was good. She was quite fresh, she had a go at kicking me saddling her up – it was important to have a race and take some of the fizz away.
“She was patient behind the stalls when they were shoeing another horse and a bit jig-joggy and she missed the break which she has never done but she had a good blow. We could have done that at home but there’s nothing like bringing them to the races.”
At Haydock Dream of Dreams, twice beaten a head in the Diamond Jubilee at Ascot, finally landed a big one when he ran out a clear cut length and a quarter winner of the Betfair Sprint Cup for Sir Michael Stoute and Oisin Murphy.