Enable's Remaining Season Targets

1. King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes

After her blistering return in the Coral Eclipse Stakes at Sandown on Saturday, John Gosden has marked up the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes as her next intended target.

Having skipped the Epsom Derby Festival and Royal Ascot, the dual Arc winner made her first start as a five-year-old and her first over ten furlongs since sustaining her only defeat in her career at Newbury.

The worries were there beforehand against match-fit rivals, but all including Magical - second in the Breeders Cup Turf to Enable last year, could simply not land a blow on her.

The King George beckons next, which she won as a three-year-old after triumphing in the Investec Oaks.

This incredibly will be the first time she will go back to race at the same venue more than once, and will have new challengers standing in her way this time.

None of the nine horses she beat in Berkshire in 2017 hold an entry this year having either been retired or move on to a different career choice, including the likes of Ulysses and Highland Reel who have headed to stud.

This year, Crystal Ocean stands in her way after he won the Prince Of Wales's Stakes in commanding fashion at Royal Ascot.

However, the daughter of Nathaniel beat Sir Michael Stoute's five-year-old last season on her respective return in the September Stakes at Kempton before going onto win a second Arc.

Epsom Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck, Hardwicke scorer Defoe and French raider Waldgeist lead the other potential challengers.

DATE OF RACE - July 27


2. Juddmonte International

York could be the following port of call after Ascot, and likewise here, Enable could make just her second career appearance at the track.

Her main option is to run in the £1 million Juddmonte International at the end of August, which her trainer John Gosden won so emphatically last year with standout three-year-old of the season - Roaring Lion.

She does have the possibility to remain competing against her own sex in the Group One Darley Yorkshire Oaks, which she also won back in 2017 over stablemate Coronet.

However, the dual Arc winner will have bigger fish to fry later in the season when heading back to France and if completing her career stateside.

Connections will fancy warming up her against the best to claim the bigger prize, and she will take some stopping if tackling the ten furlong event open to three-year-olds and up for both genders.

Again, she may be up against the likes of Crystal Ocean, Magical, Anthony Van Dyck and Masar after the King George, who will want to break this unbelievable sequence of victories.

The International Stakes has been won by all the great champions in the 21st century, and Enable rightfully deserves to be in that list.

After all in fairness, the Juddmonte winners seem to stick in the mind over the Yorkshire Oaks winners.

Nevertheless, either of the Group One's on the Knavesmire will be a good next step to prepare for the Arc de Triomphe.

DATE OF RACE - August 21


3. Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

This is what it all revolves around for Enable, jockey Frankie Dettori, trainer John Gosden and owner Prince Khalid Abdullah.

The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe - a Group One over a mile-and-a-half, takes place on the first Sunday of every October at Paris Longchamp.

Frequently referred to as the 'Arc', it is Europe's second most prestigious horse race behind the Epsom Derby, and is the world's second richest turf race behind The Everest in Sydney.

Its roll of honour features many highly acclaimed horses, subsequently regarded as champions, and has already been won by Enable twice in the last couple of years.

This year will be different though - not only is she five-years-old now and no longer in receipt of useful weight allowances, she will bid to become the first horse ever to do the hat-trick.

Last season, she joined seven other history makers to do the double - most recently done by Criquette Head-Maarek's Treve in 2014.

None of them have managed a three-timer, but this stunning daughter of Nathaniel looks the most appropriate to do so.

Aside from her achievements and talents as a racehorse, it appears they are all running scared of her, including the Japanese filly Almond Eye who will remain in the far-east.

There were will be no rematch with last year's runner-up Sea Of Class, who so very sadly was forced to retire at the weekend after a serious bout of colic, and is left fighting for her life.

That would have been the clash we were all hoping for, but the door is wide-open - given that she remains fit between now and the Autumn, to rewrite the record books for not the first time in her career.

She won the race last year off the back of no preparation on the turf, and this season she might be saving her best performance for France.

DATE OF RACE - October 6


4. Breeders Cup Turf

The Breeders Cup Turf is the least likely to happen of the four contests we have mentioned, but connections may decide that if everything goes to plan beforehand, this could be the best chance to say goodbye.

Enable only really travelled to America for this race last year given how frustrating her campaign was early on when she suffered setback after setback.

She beat Magical for the first time here at Churchill Downs last year by just over a length in a race dominated by the Brits - a filly she beat again on her return in the Eclipse despite O'Brien's four-year-old match-fit with already four runs under her belt this season.

John Gosden loves trips to America to end the season and Frankie Dettori simply relishes this event and is the leading jockey in the race's history with five victories.

Surely the Italian will be one to put his claims in for an entry the closer we get to Christmas.

That said, all of her connections will know after the Arc in France, how much she has left to give and offer as a racehorse, and by then her welfare and stability will surely takeover and become the number one priority.

A future as a broodmare beckons, but this would be the final call on the Enable bandwagon if she went for it, and what an incredible career she has had to look back on.

The standout filly of her generation would be very unlikely to return racing as a six-year-old, and could close the book when the Breeders Cup travels to Santa Anita.

DATE OF RACE - November 2