Breeders’ Cup: Enable is primed to break the big-meeting hoodoo

Frankie Dettori’s mount is aiming to succeed where eight other Arc de Triomphe winners have failed and add a win at the Breeders’ Cup to her victory in Paris

When Dancing Brave went into the stalls before the Breeders’ Cup Turf in 1986, he was, in the minds of most European racing fans at least, one of the biggest certainties for years. His breathtaking success in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, against one of the best fields ever assembled at Longchamp, was still fresh in the memory. Alex Bird, a high-profile professional punter at the time, stopped off in Vegas on his way to Santa Anita, took what he saw as outrageously generous odds on offer with the casino sportsbooks and spent the days leading up to the race telling everyone how much he was looking forward to picking up his winnings on the way back.

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