Enable to stay in training for 2020 season in shock announcement

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The wonder mare that is Enable has been given the go ahead by her owner Prince Khalid Abdullah to be kept in training for the 2020 season in a huge shock that saw social media display its delight.

Enable is one of the greatest flat horses to ever grace the sports landing 10 Group One victories during her career and before her failed history making attempt to land the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe for the third consecutive year she was unbeaten in 12 races.

Enable started her career at Newcastle racecourse, she set off in a Class 5 Maiden Fillies' Stakes over a mile with the racing world watching on not truly knowing what to expect but they were to be pleasantly surprised.

She swept the field aside by close to three lengths, showing electric pace but also a will to want to go further and from that day her trainer and owner knew she was going to be special.

Enable from there had 144 days off the track and came back as a three year old and on her seasonal debut came third at Newbury in what was her last ever defeat as a race horse.

In that season after that run she went on to win her next six races which included five Group One contests starting with the Epsom Oaks, Irish Oaks, King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Yorkshire Oaks and then taking the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly.

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All these Group One accomplishments made her the Cartier Horse Of The Year after being breath taking in every run she had and from there it was a waiting game to see if she would return as a four year old.

The mare did return but her season did not start as planned with the Prince Khalid Abdullah owned filly suffering a terrible set back in training and had to take 342 days off the track with many people wondering whether she would ever return.

She did to the delight of the racing world and as a four year old, after only being 80 percent fit she won the Group 3 September Stakes at Kempton brushing a side one of the stand out horses of the year in Crystal Ocean by five lengths.

This meant that it was all systems go for the Arc at Longchamp this time around, where she was looking to make it back to back wins and become the first British horse to do so and off the back of no preparation for such a big race she went on to create history.

Her season was not over there and she was sent to the Breeders Cup meeting in at Churchill Downs in America and was asked to do something that no other racehorse in history has ever done before by winning the Arc and the Breeders Cup Turf in the same season.

Records are made to be broken and she went on to take the Group One spoils seeing off a fierce challenge from the Aidan O'Brien trained filly Magical and truly cemented herself as one of the greatest fillies to ever live.

At the end of this years flat season she picked up the Cartier Older Horse Of The Year again and to the delight of the racing world was announced that she will be back in training for the following as a five year old with the main target being to go and try and win a third consecutive Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.


Now in 2019 and the mare is back for what looks to be her final season and there were questions at the start of the season whether or not at five years old she would be as good.

She answered that question on her seasonal debut in the Coral Eclipse at Sandown when she went on to assert her dominance seeing off many younger horses who had already had a run this season like her Breeders Cup rival Magical.

Gosden turned her around fairly quickly running her at the end of July in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes where she was faultless in one of the greatest battles of the season.

She took on Crystal Ocean who had been unbeatable all season and with the two neck and neck with a furlong to go she managed to stick her neck out and take the Group One.

That was thought to be her last race before the Arc but Gosden thought she needed another prep run before he history making run and that came in the Yorkshire Oaks, a race she has already won.

With her entry scaring off a potential big field of runners only four turned out with her breezing to victory with Magical hopelessly chasing her shadow for the third time in her career.

As said she could not quite finish the job that the racing world was eagerly anticipating to see as she finished a narrow second, not quite finishing how she normally does with the testing, wet ground not playing to her strengths and allowing Andre Fabre's Waldgeist to get up close home.

(Credit Racing Post) "She has come out of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in good form and will not race again this year," said Abdullah's long-serving racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe.

"Her racing programme will be determined entirely by her wellbeing, so no racing plans will be announced at this stage. The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe remains an important target."

He trainer was also over the moon with Gosden adding: "She's been in good order since the Arc and it's wonderful for her to be racing next year.

 "It is a typically sporting and positive decision from Prince Khalid."