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Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe: Where was the race won and lost?

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JOHN Gosden warned punters that Enable would hate ground conditions at Longchamp – and a slow gallop sealed her fate.

Aidan O’Brien’s horses were taken out of the race at the 11th hour, and with them went the early speed from expected front-runners Serpentine and Sovereign.

Cristian Demuro got the tactics right aboard Sottsass

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Cristian Demuro got the tactics right aboard SottsassCredit: AP:Associated Press

Frankie Dettori had to decide where to position Enable after leaving the stalls, with some expecting him to go to the lead.

He took the safe (or sensible, depending on your persuasion) option and held her up in midfield, but the pacesetter Persian King immediately steadied things up.

If that wasn’t the final nail in the coffin for Enable’s chances of a third Arc win, then a barging match with several of her rivals in the home straight as she was trying to pick up certaintly was.

The crawl-and-sprint nature of the race teed things up perfectly for the speedy Sottsass who was perfectly positioned behind the leader by Cristian Demuro and had loads of strong form over shorter distances.

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When Frankie asked the wonder mare to quicken two furlongs out her wheels were spinning on the heavy ground and she could only plug on for a distant sixth.

The Italian jock will no doubt regret that he didn’t make more use of her stamina right at the start as dreams of a fairytale end to her career went down the drain.

The unlucky horse in the race was German Derby winner In Swoop, a thorough stayer who was light on experience having had just four starts.

He stormed home from off the pace and to finish a never-nearer second. He was another whose chance was severely hindered by the slow gallop, and he has to enter calculations for next year’s race when he should get a bigger field and a truly run race.

As can often be the case in these big races – decisions made right at the start had a huge bearing on the business end.

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Arsenal 3-0 Dundalk LIVE RESULT: Pepe, Nketiah and Willock down brave Irish champs in Europa League

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ARSENAL downed Dundalk with three goals in the space of four minutes.

The Irish side impressed at the Emirates, restricting the Gunners to very few chances until Eddie Nketiah took advantage of a goalkeeping error to open the scoring after 42 minutes.

Joe Willock then added the second two minutes later before Nicolas Pepe rounded off the win a minute after the half time break.

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10pm Chelsea news LIVE: Abramovich watches Krasnodar win, Rudiger makes first start this season

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CHELSEA were 4-0 winners away to Krasnodar as Frank Lampard finally brought Antonio Rudiger in from the cold and handed him a start.

And an impressed Roman Abramovich was in attendance to see the rout in his home country.

Get all the latest updates from Stamford Bridge here…

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Inside Cristiano Ronaldo’s wedding-style party with music and beer as Juventus star and Georgina Rodriguez look loved up

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CRISTIANO RONALDO and Georgina Rodriguez have shown off their love in a video of a wedding-style party with their close pals.

The Juventus ace, 35, revealed his engagement to Georgina during the summer as she showed-off her £615,000 sparkler.

Ronaldo and Georgina looked loved-up during their party last month

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Ronaldo and Georgina looked loved-up during their party last monthCredit: YouTube / MARCA
Rodriguez and Ronaldo appeared to throw a party in celebration of their engagement

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Rodriguez and Ronaldo appeared to throw a party in celebration of their engagementCredit: YouTube / MARCA
Ronaldo was in high spirits throughout the evening

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Ronaldo was in high spirits throughout the eveningCredit: YouTube / MARCA
Musicians performed for the crowd of around 20

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Musicians performed for the crowd of around 20Credit: YouTube / MARCA
Ronaldo and Rodriguez both shared footage of the party on their social media

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Ronaldo and Rodriguez both shared footage of the party on their social mediaCredit: YouTube / MARCA

And last month, the pair threw a lavish party, seemingly in celebration of their impending nuptials.

Ronaldo and his partner invited around 20 of their closest pals for the bash.

The group laughed and joked around one, long table as musicians performed in the background.

They drank and danced into the night on a sea of rose petals, with Ronaldo sipping from a wine glass.

He shared the four-minute video to his social media accounts.

The Portugal ace captioned the clip: “Life is better with the person you love.

“Enjoy every moment with love and happiness, Georgina.”

Georgina also shared the video to her followers, writing: “I will never stop falling in love with you, Cristiano.”

A host of musicians performed for Ronaldo and his guests at the bash

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A host of musicians performed for Ronaldo and his guests at the bashCredit: YouTube / MARCA
Ronaldo danced and sipped from a wine glass as the evening went on

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Ronaldo danced and sipped from a wine glass as the evening went onCredit: YouTube / MARCA
The guests were kept entertained by a number of different musicians

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The guests were kept entertained by a number of different musiciansCredit: YouTube / MARCA
The group of around 20 enjoyed food, drink, dancing and music at the bash

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The group of around 20 enjoyed food, drink, dancing and music at the bashCredit: YouTube / MARCA

Ronaldo and Georgina seemingly hired a videographer for the bash.

And they captured some incredible candid moments, with Ronaldo in stitches around the dinner table at one point.

The happy couple were seen smiling throughout as they enjoyed the end of a long summer, in which they travelled around the Med on their yacht.

However, the pair have since been forced to live in separate parts of their incredible home.

Ronaldo has now returned THREE positive tests for coronavirus, with the Juventus star self-isolating.

But the latest test has confirmed he will miss his side’s Champions League clash with Barcelona – and the chance to go up against old rival Lionel Messi.

Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive for coronavirus and is OUT of Juventus’ clash with Barcelona

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