Enable had to make do with all the spot in her bid for history and a third success in the Qatar Prix de lArc de Triomphe since Waldgeist supplied Andre Fabre using a eighth success.
As she planned to eventually become the first winner of Europe contest having enlarged her Group One tally to 10 with victories in the Yorkshire Oaks, the King George and the Coral-Eclipse this year, all eyes were about John Gosdens brilliant mare.
Frankie Dettori needed to niggle along that the 4-6 favorite during the early phases, but she was back on the bridle near the top of the home straight and seemed well positioned to race.
Once requested to quicken, Enable did manage to pull off clear – and the grandstands at Paris roared in anticipation.
Her stride began to shorten in the final furlong on the testing floor and she was unable to withstand the fast-finishing 16-1 shot Waldgeist – conquered on every one of the 3 by Permit and fourth last seasons renewal occasions they had met.
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