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All hail the Queen Of Racing as she bids to make history!

4 Oct 2019

The stage is all set for history to be made across the English Channel. Enable travels once more to Paris in search of an historic third Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in a row. No horse has ever managed to win three runnings of the race and the house will come down if Frankie and the Queen of Racing come home on Sunday.

The build up has been incredible to this. John Gosden has allowed so much press access to the filly’s preparation which has got the people really behind her. I think, and I hope she’ll do it. Of her rivals Japan will benefit from the weight-for-age allowance and have a good chance. Also Sottsass will have to step up, but has done nothing wrong so far. When I look at the others I think Enable has the handling of all of them.

It’s a wonderful race to ride in. It’s a bit like Epsom on Investec Derby day where there’s a huge sense of occasion, at there’s a real atmosphere in the air. There’s a longer gap between the Arc and the race before so you really get to soak up the atmosphere as jockey. It’s one of the races I’d really love to win. But for this Sunday, I’d love to see Frankie add to his tally and Enable go down in history.

I may not be riding in the main event but I have two exciting rides in the supporting card. In the Prix de l’Abbaye I’m on board James Tate’s Invincible Army. This race can throw up a surprise result or two, and it will have to if Battaash is to be beaten. I think my lad is more than capable of doing so – he’d have an excellent chance if he bounces back to form that’s for sure. He’s been quite busy this year but hasn’t done much wrong and James Tate wouldn’t run him if he didn’t think he had a great chance.

I also have Hey Gaman in the Prix de la Foret for the same trainer. He’ll need to step up on what he has achieved so far. It’s looking like a big field for this and you’ll need some luck in running on that long straight. It’s a tricky ride over the 7 furlongs there now but I’ll do my best.