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Friday 23rd November 2018

Enable: Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner eyes historic treble

Enable will stay in training next year and be aimed at a historic third win in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Ridden by Frankie Dettori for trainer John Gosden, the four-year-old filly won Europe's most valuable horse race for a second time at Longchamp in October.

She followed up with victory in the Breeders' Cup Turf in the United States.

No horse has ever won the Arc more than two times.


Roaring Lion named Horse of the Year at Cartier Racing Awards

Roaring Lion beat stablemate Enable to be named Horse of the Year as trainer John Gosden had a record-equalling night at the Cartier Racing Awards.

The winner of four top-level Group One races, Roaring Lion also secured the top three-year-old colt honour.

Enable, who won the Breeders' Cup Turf and a second Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, took the older horse award.

Top stayer Stradivarius and two-year-old colt Too Darn Hot completed the list of five awards for Gosden horses.

Roaring Lion, owned by Qatar Racing, won three Group One mile-and-a-quarter races from July to September - the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown, York's Juddmonte International and the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.

The son of Kitten's Joy followed up with victory in the one-mile Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot before finishing last on his final run in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

It is the fourth time in five years Gosden has trained the horse of the year in European Flat racing's end of season awards - after Kingman (2014), Golden Horn (2015) and Enable (2017).

Stradivarius, also trained by Gosden, and Jessica Harrington's filly Alpha Centauri were the other nominations - along with Enable - for the main award.


Cross Counter first British-trained horse to win Melbourne Cup

Cross Counter has made history by becoming the first British-trained racehorse to win the Melbourne Cup.

Charlie Appleby saddled the 8-1 winner, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, in the 158th running of Australia's famous race.

Cross Counter led home a 1-2-3 for British-trained runners from Marmelo and A Prince Of Arran.

The Cliffsofmoher, trained in Ireland by Aidan O'Brien, was put down after sustaining a fractured right shoulder early in the race.

Cross Counter is owned by Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin team, which also won the Derby at Epsom for the first time this year with the Appleby-trained Masar.


Cheltenham Racecourse reunited with original Gold Cup trophy

Cheltenham Racecourse has been reunited with its original Gold Cup trophy, which dates back almost a century, and will present it to winners from 2019.

The trophy, first awarded 94 years ago, was offered to the course by a private owner who had kept it in a bank vault since the 1970s.

It will replace the current Gold Cup, which has been in use since 1972.

The original will now be mounted on a plinth bearing the names of every horse to have won the famous steeplechase.

It weighs 644 grams of nine carat gold and is plated in 18 carat gold to give it a rich colour.

Cider firm Magners has signed a four-year deal with Jockey Club Racecourses to replace internet service provider Timico as sponsor of the Gold Cup from next year.


Royal Ascot 2018: Stradivarius wins Gold Cup at Ascot for Frankie Dettori

Frankie Dettori claimed his 60th Royal Ascot winner as Stradivarius took the Gold Cup after a thrilling finish.

Dettori was at his best on the 7-4 joint favourite, trained by John Gosden, to see off runner-up Vazirabad and long-time leader Torcedor in third.

It was the 47-year-old jockey's sixth Gold Cup win and he treated the 70,000 crowd to a trademark flying dismount.

Joint favourite Order Of St George, the 2016 winner and last year's runner-up, could only finish fourth.


Cheltenham Festival: Native River romps to Gold Cup success

Native River won a thrilling Cheltenham Gold Cup after an epic duel with Might Bite.

The 5-1 chance gave Dorset trainer Colin Tizzard his first victory in the race after some spectacular jumping under champion jockey Richard Johnson.

Favourite Might Bite (4-1), seeking a historic Cheltenham Festival treble for trainer Nicky Henderson, was a gallant runner-up, beaten by four and a half lengths.

Anibale Fly (33-1) finished third ahead of Road To Respect and Djakadam.