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Enable quite simply is one of, if not the greatest mare of all time to ever grace the racecourse turf. Her magnificent career spanning four seasons so far has resulted in 11 Group 1 wins and counting and 14 wins from her 17 starts (her form in the other three 322).
One of her only defeats came in just her second start at Newbury in the spring of 2017 before she went on to secure victory in the Listed Cheshire Oaks. She went in to the 2017 running of the Investec Oaks as a moderate chance according to the market with a couple of horses ahead of her in the betting. However she outrun those odds significantly when storming home in the now famous driving rain to beat market leader Rhododendron comfortably. She duly followed up just a few weeks later in the Irish equivalent.
Connections were clear on her ability and thrust her straight in the deep end against older horses in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes. However much like the Oaks, the result was never in any doubt as the three-year-old stormed clear to stamp her authority in the middle distance category. The rest of that season consisted of a win in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks before a mesmerising success in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
At four, Enable suffered from injury trouble restricting her to just three runs and the first of these came in September at Kempton against a progressive Crystal Ocean. A task she lived up to on reappearance. It was straight back in the deep end for the filly as she aimed to retain her Arc crown. A thrilling contest over in France saw her become one of only a few horses to win the famous race twice, although the win was by the narrowest of margins from the fast-finishing Sea of Class.
Her career at five got back on track in terms of appearances. A reappearance win in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown in 2019 was followed by a second success in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes, thanks to a thrilling battle with old advisory, Crystal Ocean. A romp in the Yorkshire Oaks tee’d her up for a record-breaking attempt at a third Arc. Unfortunately this time it was not to be.
In a race loaded with quality, Enable surged clear of the field two furlongs out and looked set to be decisive. However a smart ride from Pierre-Charles Boudout on Waldgeist saw him stay wide and away from an eye-to-eye battle with the champion. He got up late close home to push Enable down in to second place.
Most people thought that would be the end for Enable but to everyone’s delight it was announced she would stay in training for another year to aim for the coveted third Arc.
2020 got off to what can probably be described as a prep run for Enable in the Coral-Eclipse. First time out against an in form and race fit Ghayyaith she couldn’t quite keep to his pace and went down in second place. But she returned to peak form when destroying a small field in winning a historical third King George VI and Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes.
Will she be able to achieve her ultimate aim of a third Arc?