Enable fans left in limbo with the mare possibly not finished on the track


Enable fans are still being left up in the air to whether the wonder mare will ever grace a racecourse again after the five year old was narrowly beaten at Longchamp on Sunday when going for her third consecutive Arc.

Enable could only manage a credible second in her history making bid after a late surge in testing ground from the Andre Fabre trained Waldgeist saw the mare take home the spoils leaving racing fans in disarray.

Pierre-Charles Boudot came out on top at the Arc meeting landing six winners across the two days and picking up the biggest price of them all in the Arc when being only the second ever jockey to finish in front of Enable.

Straight after race all the attention was still about Prince Khalid Abdullah's superstar and whether this would be a sad end to an illustrious career with her taking retirement or if she was to have one final run left in the tank.

(Credit Racing Post) Abdullah's racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe said: "It's entirely his [Khalid Abdullah] decision. I think one of the great things about owning thoroughbreds is you can make these choices. 

"The first thing is we have to get her back and she's coming back this morning. And of course, the feedback from John Gosden and his team will be vital in anything like this. 

"I think in everybody's mind it's getting towards the end, whether she has one more race or whether she races next year is conjecture and speculation. 

"She's had a wonderful career and there always comes a time when you have to say enough is enough. But I think if she's in good enough shape then Prince Khalid will have that option of continuing or not."

Enable still has entries before the end of the season on British Champions Day in the in the Fillies & Mares Stakes and Champion Stakes at Ascot, however the most likely contest she will head for will be to defend her title in the Breeders Cup Turf on November 2nd over in America.

ITV Racing were a large part of the fact that many people got behind John Gosden's mare with the coverage of the Arc being outstanding seeing 940,000 people tune in on Sunday.

This figure was up from 911,000 last year with the broadcaster's average also rose, increasing 24 per cent at 558,000, while 6.6 per cent of people watching television were hooked to the action which again was bigger than 5.3 per cent last year.

(Credit Racing Post) Ed Chamberlain said: "We were determined to add in coverage of the Arc to our schedule and bring the race to as wide an audience as possible.

"We were delighted almost a million people tuned in to watch Enable attempt the treble, and although it was gutting for everyone that she was beaten, it was a momentous day for racing."