20th Jul 2020
Enable is inarguably one of the greatest horses ever to have graced the turf. The only European-based filly or mare to have earned over £10m in prize money, she has beaten many of the best horses in training on some of the biggest stages in world racing, compiling one of the most decorated CVs in the sport’s history.
The remarkable mare has enjoyed a breathtaking career, carrying the famous green, white and pink silks of her owner-breeder Prince Khalid Abdullah to glory in 13 of her 16 starts. The epitome of equine excellence, she has amassed an incredible ten Group 1 wins including two Classics, dual victories in the King George, Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and Yorkshire Oaks, and a Breeders’ Cup Turf.
Having joined the ranks at John Gosden’s yard, her debut run as a two-year-old in November 2016 was a low-key but successful one on the all-weather at Newcastle. The following spring, Enable was beaten by stablemate Shutter Speed at Newbury. She would not taste defeat for another two and a half years.
Following an eye-catching win in the 2017 Cheshire Oaks under Frankie Dettori - who would retain the ride - Enable headed to Epsom for the Oaks. Showing considerable fortitude, she romped home amidst driving rain, thunder and lightning, five lengths clear of the favourite Rhododendron.
Another Classic victory followed with a sublime win in the Irish Oaks. It was Enable’s next assignment however, which would set her apart. Facing her elders and the opposite sex for the first time in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes at Ascot, she emphatically despatched of the top-class Ulysees, again in torrential rain.
After dismissing her rivals with that same consummate ease in the Yorkshire Oaks, she travelled to France for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, run that year at Chantilly. She duly swooped clear two furlongs out to land the most coveted prize in European Flat racing.
Enable's four-year-old campaign was curtailed by an injury which delayed her seasonal debut until the autumn. In the highest-quality contest ever staged on a British all-weather track, she brushed aside Crystal Ocean to comfortably win Kempton’s Group 3 September Stakes. Another setback followed, and she arrived at Longchamp (the Arc now back at its rightful home) below peak fitness. Nevertheless, a heart-stopping finish saw her repel a late challenge from Sea Of Class to win by a short neck and become the first horse to land the Arc off the back of just the sole run that season.
A month later, the mare flew to the States for the Breeders’ Cup Turf, stunning racing with another thrilling victory; no other Arc winner had ever followed up with Breeders’ Cup glory in the same season.
Enable returned to training as a five-year-old, emulating her sire Nathaniel to take the Coral-Eclipse. Then, in what has justly been billed a ‘race for the ages’, she became the first horse to regain her King George crown and only the third to win the great race twice. Drawing upon hidden reserves of stamina and courage, Enable narrowly prevailed in an epic duel with Crystal Ocean, delighting the Ascot crowds and evoking memories of Grundy and Bustino.
A facile Yorkshire Oaks win extended her unbeaten run to 12. Enable lined up at Longchamp in her quest to win a historic third Arc but it was not to be; racing’s darling could not hold off Waldgeist as he shot past her in the dying strides.
The news that she would race on in 2020 sparked joy across the sport. Enable’s seasonal reappearance - an encouraging second behind the front-running Ghaiyyath - delighted connections ahead of her bid for an unprecedented third King George. Since Sandown, she has reportedly shown all her usual enthusiasm back at home, and while her ultimate goal remains that elusive third Arc victory, another momentous date with destiny beckons at Ascot on July 25th.
Whatever follows, how fortunate we are that racing continues to be blessed by the undisputed Queen of the Turf.
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