Enable, last year’s winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, has been given an ideal draw in stall six ahead of her attempt to become only the second horse since 1978 to take successive runnings of Europe’s most prestigious race. The ballot was not so kind to the second-favourite Sea Of Class, however, and James Doyle will be leaving stall 15, towards the outside of the 19-strong field, on William Haggas’s filly.

The draw can be highly significant in big fields at Longchamp, where horses caught wide can lose vital ground, for instance as the field turns into a “false” straight for about a furlong before rounding the home turn. Four horses were quoted at 20-1 or shorter for Sunday’s race before the draw – Enable, Sea Of Class, Andre Fabre’s Waldgeist and the St Leger winner, Kew Gardens – and Enable was the only one of the four to get a single-figure stall towards the rail. Waldgeist will start from 13 while Kew Gardens and Ryan Moore are drawn 14.

Enable has already been trimmed from 5-4 to 11-10 following the draw, and she could well set off as an odds-on favourite on Sunda. Sea Of Class is a 7-2 chance while Waldgeist is 7-1, Kew Gardens is 12-1 in a place and it is 33-1 bar the four.