How many times has Frankie Dettori won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe?
At the time of writing, the superstar mare Enable, on whom Lanfranco ‘Frankie’ Dettori won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 2017 and 2018, and finished a heartbreaking second in 2019, has yet to make her second attempt to win the race for an unprecedented third time. The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, popularly known as the ‘Arc’, is the most prestigious and valuable Flat race run in Europe, with total prize money of €5 million. Since its inuguration in 1920, eight horses have won the Arc twice but, with the exception of Enable, Treve in 2015 is the only horse to try, and fail, to win the race three times.
Regardless of whether or not Enable makes history, Dettori, who turns 50 in December, 2020, is already the leading jockey in the history of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe with six winners. His first three winners, Lammtarra in 1995, Sakhee in 2001 and Marienbard in 2002, were all trained in Newmarket by Saeed bin Suroor; Lammtarra was owned by Saeed bin Maktoum al Maktoum, the nephew of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, founder of Godolphin, while Sakhee and Marienbard carried the royal blue silks of Godolphin. Dettori lost his job as retained jockey to Goldolphin in October, 2012, but subsequently renewed his association with his old mentor, John Gosden; so far, Gosden has supplied him with three more Arc winners, Golden Horn, owned by Anthony Oppenheimer, in 2015 and Enable, owned by Khalid Abdullah, in 2017 and 2018.