The popular Italian, who was riding in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe for the 30th time, has since spoken of a mixture of nervousness and excitement, as Enable succeeded in her bid to land back-to-back wins in the race, becoming only the 8th horse to register dual victories in the French Group 1.
Victory in the race on Sunday provided the Italian jockey with a record fifth success, having partnered Enable on both of her two race wins, whilst adding to his previous triumphs in the saddle aboard Lammtarra (1995), Sakhee (2001), Marienbard (2002) and the John Gosden-trained Golden Horn (2015).
Having been ruled out for much of the season through injury, Enable certainly didn't have the luxury of a perfect preparation in the run up to her Arc defence.
But despite all the setbacks, the partnership between Gosden's superstar filly and Dettori proved fruitful once again, just as it had done 12 months previously.
Discussing the race itself, Dettori had Enable in the perfect position throughout, holding the 6-time Group 1 winning filly just off the pace, before making his move just outside the final furlong. In what turned out to be a thrilling finish, due to the superb tactical ride of James Doyle, it was Enable who just had enough to hold on for the famous victory, narrowly denying the fast-finishing Sea Of Class.
WOW! WHAT A RACE!— Timeform Live (@TimeformLive) October 7, 2018
ENABLE becomes the first British trained dual winner of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe!
Massive run from Sea of Class in 2nd coming from where she did!
Speaking after the race, Dettori revealed: "It was my 30th Arc and I was more nervous than ever, not to mention excited, but in the race I found myself in a fantastic spot.
"In the false straight the leaders came back and I knew then we were in business.
"I waited as long as I could and at the 300 (metre pole) she showed her trademark turn of foot.
"It was almighty pressure on all of us - everybody wanted her to win and I had to get it right. It would be very naive to say that I wasn't nervous."
Enable's only preperation going into this year's renewal of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe was at Kempton last month, where she dispatched the highly regarded Crytal Ocean in the Group 3 September Stakes.
Dettori continued: "What a genius John Gosden is, to win an Arc with that interrupted preparation.
"In the last 50 yards we were on our hands and knees, I was trying to squeeze everything we could out of her and we got there."
John Gosden, speaking about Dettori said: "He gets himself up for these occasions and rides to a level that is way beyond what most people can ride to.
"He rode a gorgeous race, but he thought in the last 100 metres 'I'm in trouble'."
Published at 11.45am.