Almond Eye’s Dubai triumph throws down gauntlet to Longchamp rivals

• Effortless win in Dubai Turf hints at glittering future
• Enable and Sea Of Class complete exciting trio of Arc favourites

Mendelssohn was unforgettable on Dubai World Cup night in 2018. He did not win another race all year. Arrogate was exceptional too on the big night 12 months earlier. He shuffled into retirement three races later, also having failed to add another win to his record.

Almond Eye, then, does not have an unduly high bar to clear as she attempts to build on a mesmerising victory in the Dubai Turf on Saturday, a performance that fulfilled every expectation. In truth, though, it will be a bitter disappointment if she does not merely raise the bar over the course of the season, but make a serious attempt to set a new record by securing a first win in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe for a runner from Japan.

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