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Enable dominates her rivals in Darley Yorkshire Oaks

24 Aug 2017

Brilliant filly has now won four Group One prizes this season by an aggregate of 20 lengths

Enable and Dettori are clear of their rivals in the Yorkshire Oaks. Picture: Racingfotos.com

Enable confirmed her status as the best middle-distance horse in training with an emphatic all-the-way win the Darley Yorkshire Oaks at York.

There was never an anxious moment in the £300,000 QIPCO British Champions Series contest for supporters of the 1-4 favourite, as she bounced out in front under Frankie Dettori and made every yard. It was her fourth Group One win success of the season – three of them in Champions Series race – and they have been achieved by an aggregate of 20 lengths.

The Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is next on her agenda and then, hopefully,she will be in action at Ascot on Champions Day on October 21, where the QIPCO Champion Stakes is her most likely target.

Winding the tempo up early on down the home straight, the daughter of Nathaniel continued to lengthen in impressive fashion for Dettori, as each of her rivals were taken out of their comfort zones.

Pressing on relentlessly, the odds-on market leader crossed the line five lengths clear of stablemate Coronet. Queen’s Trust and Nezwaah – boith Group 1 winners themselves – were third and fourth.

“She got a little bit lonely in front, but she’s done it beautifully,” Gosden said. “It’s proved she can do it from the front as well.

“She’s somewhat special. I think at a mile and a half she is the best filly I’ve ever trained, she’s exceptional and able to do it both ways, from the front and off the pace.”

He added: “We had a lot to lose coming here – you all remember a horse called Taghrooda – but we let her use her stride and she has gone and won by five lengths and she can’t do any more.

Dettori said: “I must say she got a bit bored in the end. I pushed her out, but I felt I had something left if someone had come to her. If you try and keep with her, they will break their lungs and that’s why she wins by five lengths.

“I had to stretch her out and she likes to have a fight on her hands – unfortunately today there was no fight and we had to do our own thing.

“I don’t like to say until the Arc (whether best horse ridden), so far she is doing everything the right way and would be one of the best.”