Enable’s Incredible 2017

Enable’s Incredible 2017

With FIVE Group 1 wins on the bounce, it’s been a season to remember…

Well well well, what a year it’s been for Prince Khalid Abdulah’s John Gosden trained 3-year-old filly Enable. She broke her maiden comfortably at Newcastle towards the end of last year and you could see that she was blessed with incredible speed. But after a disappointing seasonal debut at Newbury in April, we were left to question that. She was then entered into the Listed Cheshire Oaks at Chester and as she galloped away to a one and three quarter length victory, it was then our original hope for her was justified.  Since then in the colours of Frankel, she hasn’t looked back. Five, yes FIVE, Group 1 wins later and she’s set to be put away for the winter. Whether she will run again next year is a mystery however it’d be hard to find a racing fan on the planet that wouldn’t like to see her run as a 4 year-old.

In this blog we’ll be taking a look back at what was a near faultless year for her starting with the Investec Oaks at Epsom.

Investec Oaks – 2nd June Epsom – Enable (5 lengths)

The start of her Group 1 winning stream came on Derby weekend at Epsom at the start of June. Out well and ridden relatively prominently on the deteriorating ground, it wasn’t until three furlongs when Frankie hit the go button on her. She hit the front alongside the well travelling Rhododendron and they forged clear around two furlongs out. It was then a case of who’s got the best staying power and in literal terms, Enable put her front hooves forward and ran away to the point where she never looked like she was going to stop to claim a comfortable five length victory. It was a run that saw her backed into odds on favourite for the Irish Oaks in the middle of July and that’s where we head next…

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Irish Oaks – 15th July Curragh – Enable (5.5 lengths)

She then waited until the middle of July to make it an impressive Oaks double as she destroyed the field of 10 to ease away to a comfortable five and a half length victory. As with the Investec Oaks, Frankie got her away well and she was once again ridden prominently at the front of the field. She then hit the front with three furlongs to go and then it was all over. Rain Goddess chased her but with about as much hope of running her down as I do winning the Euromillions, practically zero. Dettori even started to pull her up with around 100 yards to go, that’s really how easy it was. The run all but justified the 2/5 starting price and with two Group 1 wins under her belt heading into the last couple of months of the flat season, it was safe to say she was a force to be reckoned with.

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King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes – 29th July Ascot – Enable (4.5 Lengths)

Good old John Gosden decided that due to the ease in which she triumphed in Ireland, the 3-year-old filly would be fit and ready for a return to action on home turf in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Now up against the likes of Highland Reel, Ulysses, Idaho and Jack Hobbs, this was arguably going to be her sternest test to date but it was a test in which she had all the answers for and more. Her type of start was becoming a well known tactic as she got away well and was once again positioned in second a few yards off the rail. On much heavier ground than she ran on in Ireland, ground more similar to the one she won the Investec Derby on, she started to make her move three furlongs out and then as soon as she’d got round the final bend, the turbo button was pressed once again by Frankie. She was that far ahead when the race finished that Frankie even stood up on her with 50 yards to go, confidence at it’s most dangerous hey. She’d completed the Group 1 hat-rick before the end of July and with entries to the Yorkshire Oaks and Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe pending, she was looking to finish her season off in style and that is just what she did.

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Darley Yorkshire Oaks – 24th August York – Enable (5 lengths)

With just under four weeks off the race track, the filly was prepped and ready for a shot at the Darley Yorkshire Oaks at York. Up against a smaller field of six which included Roger Varian’s Pretty Polly Stakes winner Nezwaah, it wasn’t an easy race on paper. A strong start this time saw her aiming to make all and she did just that. Turning round the final bend, she aimed for the better ground down the middle of the racecourse and then as soon as she got past that three furlong marker which is basically her go sign, she went. Race finito. Stablemate Coronet stayed on the best of the rest of the pack but ultimately she was no match for Enable. So that made it four Group 1 victories on the bounce for the Nathaniel filly, how can you top that? Oh yeah, head for Chantilly and win the Arc.

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Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe – 1st October Chantilly – Enable (2.5 lengths)

Now for her season finale, The Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe at Chantilly. This was the one that was going going to either leave a sour taste in the mouths of punters if she lost but if she won, she’d have her name up there with some of the best fillies to have ever graced a racetrack. From a nice draw in stall 2, Frankie got her off to a typically strong start to put her in a prominent position. The ground wasn’t the quickest by any means so the earlier pace probably wasn’t as quick as she hoped but she settled well anyhow. This time however, her ‘go’ marker must have moved from the 3f post to the 2f post and as soon as Frankie galloped past that, he made his move and the rest was history. Enable had completed a Group 1 five timer and accumulated over £3.8m worth of prize money in the process. Astounding.

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Trainer John Gosden confirmed on Monday morning that Enable will not run again this season. He told The Guardian “Obviously she’s not running again this year. She’s done everything that we could begin to dream of and she’s done it so well. We’ll see how she is over the next 10 days and then Prince Khalid will make a decision as to whether she races next year.”