Last season’s superstar filly Enable is reportedly on the road to a return to racecourse duty and may well make her first start of the season at York’s Ebor Festival in late August, according to trainer John Gosden.
The Prince Khalid Abdullah-owned filly carried all before her last season under Frankie Dettori, winning five consecutive Group 1 races She started with the Investec Oaks and Irish Oaks before slamming the smart Ulysses with a memorable success in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot last July. She then beat Coronet by five lengths at last year’s big York fixture in the 1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks, before rounding off a stunning campaign by blazing to victory in Europe’s premier middle-distance contest, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly.
A troublesome knee meant that the daughter of Nathaniel has been absent so far this campaign but Gosden’s believes she could be ready to defend her Yorkshire Oaks crown, or drop back in trip for the Group 1 Juddmonte International where her rivals might include stable companion and last weekend’s Group 1 Coral Eclipse hero, Roaring Lion.
“She’s training fine at the moment and we’ll be looking at the Juddmonte International or the Yorkshire Oaks – one of the two,” confirmed the Newmarket-based handler in an interview with Luck On Sunday. “She’s cantering and I’m very happy with her. I’ll start building her up into half-speeds soon.
“The ability is still there and mentally she just loves training. We just don’t want a recurrence of what put us on the back-burner in the spring.”
Roaring Lion, who got the better of a ding-dong tussle with Aidan O’Brien’s Saxon Warrior at Sandown, is now marginal ante-post favourite for the Juddmonte International at a top priced 4/1 with BetStars. Enable, as short as 4/1 with some firms, can be backed at a much healthier 7/1 with Sky Bet, while Sir Michael Stoute’s Prince of Wales’s Stakes hero Poet‘s Word is a 5/1 shot with Boylesports, and Qipco 2000 Guineas winner Saxon Warrior is 6/1 with Bet365.
Written by Paul Alster
Paul Alster has been part of the British and international racing media for more than three decades working as a race commentator, TV/radio presenter, journalist, betting correspondent, SP returner, and form analyst. He’s always sought out overpriced runners in handicap races, a quest that excites him as much now as it did at the start of his career.