Enable looks very hard to oppose as she goes in search of a second successive victory in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
The John Gosden-trained Enable was a brilliant victor of Europe's premier middle-distance contest last season and and was the dominant favourite to become the eighth dual victor of the Arc on Sunday (Monday AEDT), despite an interrupted season.
Ridden by Frankie Dettori, Enable was always travelling strongly on the heels of the leaders and the packed grandstands roared as she hit the front.
But John Gosden's filly was on the ropes in the last 50 yards and saved by the bell as William Haggas's Sea Of Class and James Doyle, who had been last turning for home with 2½ furlongs to run, wove their way through the field and thundered down the outside in the final furlong. Cloth Of Stars was third.
Enable is the first British-trained dual Arc victor and trainer John Gosden told Racing UK the preparation had been anything but ideal.
"It is a crack, she won two Arc", said Lanfranco Dettori arms raised return to the round of presentation.
"She's only had a canter round Kempton (this season) - she was not the Enable of a year ago, but she got the job done because of her class".
Gosden, who has won the Arc three times, also hinted Enable may stay in training as a five-year-old in an attempt to win the monument for an historic third time. She became the first horse in 100 years to win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe off just one prep, entering with only a Sept. 8 score in Kempton Park's September Stakes due to a setback earlier this season.
He added: "It's great for Prince Khalid".
"It's not been the preparation we wanted, it has been very hard, and we had a hiccup between Kempton and here with a slight temperature thing, so it has not been easy", trainer Gosden told ITV Racing. I have had a hard year with her, it is entirely down to the filly and her guts and a lovely ride from Frankie. "She did everything I asked and just cruised through and in another three strides we would have won", he said. "He wanted to come here and if she's in good form there's no reason you wouldn't try to come again".
The Arc, run over a mile and a half (2,400m), was back at the famous racecourse in Paris after the last two runnings at Chantilly while it was being redeveloped.