Enable, Waldgeist and Crystal Ocean all cleaned up at the Longines World horse Racing awards last night as the trio were named the joint top rated horses for 2019 in what was a superb night looking back on last year's flat racing season.
John Gosden's superstar mare had a superb season again just failing to create history in October when being pipped near the line in her bid for a third consecutive Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.
The horse that denied her from doing something that has never been seen in the sport was the Andre Fabre trained Waldgeist who landed the feature Grade One and before that race had finished behind Enable on the three previous meetings with each other.
Finally, Crystal Ocean had to be labelled in the same category as these two runners for how well he performed last season, although finishing a narrow second to Enable in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes, he managed to land the Prince Of Wales's Stakes which was his first Group One for Sir Michael Stoute.
The three superstars could not be torn apart being given a rating of 128 and all shared the accolade of being the highest rated horse in 2019 but next season only one of them will be returning to the track with Crystal Ocean and Waldgeist both retiring to stud at the end of last season.
(Credit At the Races) Gosden said of Enable: “She was phenomenal throughout the year. She’s been nothing but magnificent and loves racing.
“It’s great she has been kept in training. We will be looking to start her off in June for something like Royal Ascot, but she missed that last year and went for the Eclipse.
“She will tell us when she’s ready to go and the decision will be made by the filly herself.”
The showman of horse racing Frankie Dettori also had a great season with Enable playing a huge part of that and he was very excited about joining up with the mare again next season.
Dettori added: “Every sport needs a champion. She captured not just horse racing, but other sport’s hearts and imagination.
“I’m very pleased she stays in training. It’s very rare we get this kind of horse and there will be a lot of pressure.
“But she’s the reason we get up in the morning and I can’t wait to be riding her again.”