Enable impresses in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes


She is blessed with exceptional class. Also endowed with exceptional willpower, Enable (Nathaniel) had to dig very deep in order to score a second win in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Gr1) at the British track Ascot on Saturday, July 27. Frankie Dettori decided to kick on aboard Enable leaving the final bend – intent on catching Crystal Ocean (Sea The Stars) on the hop. The two champions subsequently became embroiled in a titanic duel which went to the wire. At the end of the day, Enable carried the day by a neck, having only tasted the whip on one occasion.
A very emotional win. Her jockey Frankie Dettori said in the aftermath: « I’m exhausted emotionally. It’s a sensational win. She is very good but also very courageous. Enable is incredible! We witnessed a great horse race. What hasn’t she won? Her will to win is so strong. We’re still the road that leads to ParisLongchamp [Arc de Triomphe}. She’s an incredible mare in every sense of the word. Among all the horses that I’ve ridden, she is the one that has given me the strongest emotions. The bond between us is so strong. »
A dream racemare. John Gosden, the winning trainer, has outlined York as a potential next step for Enable – prior to her third attempt at the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr1). He said: « She is the type of horse that we all dream of having in the yard. Her attitude is simply remarkable. We witnessed an epic duel with Crystal Ocean. That’s what we wanted to see. He laid down the gauntlet as the challenger and she fought back. They are two remarkable athletes and were the dominant forces in a very high quality edition of the King George. We are going to leave her alone for the next ten days before outlining her next objective. The York project is at the back of our mind although it isn’t set in stone, but the timing of the race is certainly right – coming as it does six weeks before the Arc. I’m so lucky to be able to train such a horse. She is very much the people’s horse at this moment in time. However, Prince Khalid deserves all the credit. Enable is his big success [story]. He bred her and had the courage to keep her in training as a five-year-old. »
Nine Group 1 wins on her CV. To date Enable has won 12 of her 13 career starts. The only blemish on her record came on her seasonal debut as a three-year-old, when third in a conditions race at Newbury. She numbers ten group successes and nine of these have been registered at Gr1 level. Her wins at the highest level are as follows:
- Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (twice)
- Breeders’ Cup Turf
- King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (twice)
- Epsom Oaks
- Irish Oaks
- Yorkshire Oaks
- Eclipse Stakes