Trainer Andre Fabre has accepted Waldgeist will find it tough when he takes on Enable in next month’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (12/1 to win the race – ante-post outright).
John Gosden’s Enable has won 12 races in a row and is expected to prove too much next month. Enable is as short as 4/5 to win the feature race at Paris Longchamp although Fabre is refusing to give up hope.
Waldgeist has lost in all of his three meetings with Enable after the pair clashed in the Arc, Breeders’ Cup and the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot in July.
Enable would become the first horse in history to win a third Arc when the race is held on October 6 although Fabre has plenty of motivation himself.
The five-year-old has won the feature a record seven times and Waldgeist could hand him his first success in the race since 2006.
Waldgeist warmed up for next month’s contest by winning the Prix Foy on Sunday but Fabre knows he will need to raise his game.
“He did everything right,” said Fabre. “The idea was to have a very smooth race without being too hard, and he had it, so there is not much else to say.
“It was just what we wanted before the Arc. Obviously, he will come up against Enable again, and what can we say about her? If Enable runs to her usual level of form in the Arc, then she is going to be very hard to beat again.
“We’ve run against her three times and she has won each of them. Can we beat her? I don’t know – it’s the same for everyone.
“After the Arc, he’ll probably go to the Breeders’ Cup again.”