WALDGEIST (GB), a son of the mighty Galileo, swooped fast and late to deny Enable an unprecedented third win in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at ParisLongchamp.
History looked set to be made when Frankie Dettori sent the 4/6 favourite to the front approaching the final furlong and with the far rail to race against, she set sail for home.
However the 16/1 winner, who had finished behind the runner-up in their previous three meetings, was beginning his charge down the centre of the track.
It was clear 50 yards out that he was getting on top and at the line he was a decisve victor.
Sottsass was third with Japan back in fourth.
Waldgeist, ridden by Pierre-Charles Boudot, gave French trainer Andre Fabre an eighth win in the Arc.
“I am very proud that Waldgeist managed to beat such a fantastic mare,” Fabre said. “I am delighted.”
Gosden was full of praise for both the winning connections, and his own vanquished heroine.
“She ran an absolutely brilliant race,” he told ITV Racing.
“Waldgeist came late and strong – it was a good pace up there.
“Frankie committed, and went for it, and just the last part, in the ground testing her, it’s hard to show that explosive turn of foot – and Waldgeist has outstayed her on the ground.
“Full marks to Andre.”