Two-time Arc winner Enable is retired


Two-time Arc winner Enable is retired after becoming one of the greatest mares to grace the track… winning £10.7m in prize money in the process

  • Enable, who forged a perfect partnership with Frankie Dettori, has been retired 
  • The decision was confirmed on Monday morning by Juddmonte Stud
  • Her sixth place in Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp was her final race

Enable, whose achievements on the track have made her one of the greatest mares to grace the racetrack, has been retired.

The decision was confirmed on Monday morning by the Juddmonte Stud of Enable’s owner Khaled Abdullah.

Douglas Erskine Crum, CEO of Juddmonte, said: ‘After consulting her trainer John Gosden and his racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe, Prince Khalid (Abdullah) has decided that Enable will be retired from racing and will now join the Juddmonte broodmare band to be covered by Kingman in 2021.’

Enable, who forged a perfect partnership with jockey Frankie Dettori, has been retired

The appearance of the six-year-old on the Newmarket gallops last week had prompted speculation that one final run might be being considered at British Champions day at Ascot on Saturday but her team have now decided to make her sixth place in the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp her final race.

It was the only time Enable finished out of the first three in 19 races which included two Arc wins, three victories in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes plus successes in the Eclipse Stakes, Breeders’ Cup Turf, Oaks and Irish Oaks.

In all, Enable won £10,724,320 in prize money as she forged a perfect partnership with jockey Frankie Dettori. 



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The return of Enable to Newmarket gallops has fueled speculation that she could race once more


Enable fuels speculation that she could yet have one more unexpected race after being spotted at Newmarket gallops after defeat in Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe

  • Trainer said: ‘no decision will be made on her future until after the weekend.’
  • Enable has won over £1.4m in a 33-race career, and been retired since age eight
  • The popular gelding has also been entered in next Saturday’s Champion Stakes 

The return of Enable to the Newmarket gallops yesterday has prompted speculation that the brilliant mare could have one more unexpected race after her disappointing defeat in the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe last Sunday.

Trainer John Gosden and Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khaled Abdullah, have said no decision will be made on Enable’s future until after the weekend.

But the chance to try to go out on a high with a run in the Group One Filly & Mare Stakes on Qipco British Champions day at Ascot a week tomorrow (Saturday) might be tempting.

Jockey Frankie Dettori riding Enable during the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe last Sunday 

Enable is also entered in next Saturday’s Champion Stakes but Gosden’s French Derby winner Mishriff has had the race as a long-term target and is 11-4 favourite.

Ladbrokes spokesman Jon Lees said: ‘Running Enable on Champions Day would not merely be a sporting gesture by her connections. They would be going to Ascot with every expectation she could bring the curtain down on her illustrious career with a victory. That’s why we have made her 7-4 favourite for the Fillies & Mares.’ 

The popular gelding who won over £1.4m in a 33-race career, has been retired at the age of eight.

The Henry Candy-trained son of Tagula won the Group One Prix de la Foret and Group One July Cup in 2016 and was runner-up four other group one races including being second to Mecca’s Angel in the 2016 Nunthorpe Stakes and runner-up to Harry Angel in the 2017 July Cup.

Limato being ridden by jockey Harry Bentley won race seven at Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe

Limato being ridden by jockey Harry Bentley won race seven at Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe

Limato won the Criterion Stakes at Newmarket in June and was fifth to Wichita in Doncaster’s Park Stakes last month on what has turned out to be the final run of a career which started with a win in a Kempton maiden in June 2014.

Candy said: ‘He’s been a big part of the yard for a long time. I suppose his July Cup victory was probably the outstanding performance, but I thought his run in the Two-Year-Old Trophy at Redcar as a juvenile was absolutely extraordinary.’

Candy had been planning to give Limato his final run in the Challenge Stakes at Newmarket on Friday but he was ruled out of the race with a bruised foot.

Meanwhile, the highest price for a yearling in Europe this year was paid by the Coolmore Stud yesterday at Tattersall sales in Newmarket with a successful bid of £3,570,000 for a daughter of super sire Galileo. The yearling is a sister to Japan and Mogul. She will be trained by Aidan O’Brien. 

O'Brien (left) will train the daughter of super sire Galileo after her purchase by Coolmore stud

O’Brien (left) will train the daughter of super sire Galileo after her purchase by Coolmore stud

The sale extended the amazing record of the mare Shastye with yearlings.

Her previous off-spring to sell have included Sir Isaac Newton (3.6 million guineas), Mogul (3.4 million guineas) while Japan, the European champion three-year-old of 2019, cost 1.3 million guineas.

Mogul, the Group One Grand Prix de Paris winner who missed last Sunday’s Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe after the O’Brien stable were caught up in a contaminated feed issue, will stay in training in 2021.



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Dettori faces his biggest test as legendary jockey seeks to guide Enable to third Arc win


Frankie Dettori faces his biggest test as legendary jockey seeks to guide Enable through the stamina-sapping Longchamp ground to third Arc win 

  • Enable and jockey Dettori have another shot at racing immortality on Sunday 
  • It will be a final shot at Europe’s biggest all-age race for the six-year-old mare
  • Dettori will not have many more chances to add to his record six Arc wins

Frankie Dettori faces the biggest ride of his long and distinguished career on Sunday when he tries to make history by guiding Enable to a record third win in the Qatar Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.

That is the verdict of Classic-winning-jockey-turned ITV and Sky pundit Jason Weaver.

The withdrawal of biggest rival Love has seen Enable’s odds cut to 11-10 but persistent rain all week has turned the Longchamp ground even heavier than it was last year when Enable struck the front 400 metres from the finish only to be swallowed up in the final 50m by Waldgeist, who she had beaten in their three previous meetings.

Frankie Dettori faces the biggest ride of his long and distinguished career on Sunday 

WHO COULD TOPPLE DETTORI?

STRADIVARIUS (John Gosden)

Three-time winner of the Ascot Gold Cup. Beaten in a slowly-run Prix Foy at Longchamp but stamina-sapping conditions will play to his strengths.

SERPENTINE (Aidan O’Brien)

The winner of the Derby with a powerful front-running performance. Beaten on only run since when ridden with restraint after a long break.

PERSIAN KING (Andre Fabre)

Fascinating runner for the man who has won the Arc a record eight times but he has never raced over as far as a mile and a half.

MOGUL (Aidan O’Brien)

Struggled to justify his big reputation early in the season but an impressive winner of the Grand Prix de Paris. Likely to be played late.

IN SWOOP (Francis-Henri Graffard)

The German Derby winner has been well backed in the belief he is big on stamina and will be suited by the testing ground.

RAABIHAH (Jean-Claude Rouget)

Yet to hit the heights predicted by her trainer but was given a lot to do when second to Tarnawa in the Prix Vermeille.

Dettori, whose six Arc wins is a record, will again have to cope with huge expectation as he tries to get his tactics spot on.

Weaver said: ‘Dettori has produced some spectacular rides in this race but the pressure is on him and I honestly believe it’s the biggest ride of his career.

‘So many will be willing him on to win and it is the last roll of the dice for Enable. He will have to watch everyone else and every other jockey will be watching him. Enable is very versatile so that is in her favour. She is the best in the race and she would have beaten them pretty comfortably on decent ground. But extreme ground can bring about unpredictable results. It was testing last year but they are talking about it being even worse.

‘Waldgeist got a great ride from Pierre-Charles Boudot but he was not under any pressure. He sat out the back and picked up the pieces later. Frankie came back in, threw his tack in the corner, hit the wall and just wanted to go home.

‘I want Enable to win but the bottomless ground is a big question because she is such a beautiful mover. The racing gods have ensured she hasn’t been thrown a straightforward opportunity.’

Dettori had no joy on his five Longchamp rides yesterday. ‘It is very testing, heavy going just like it was last year,’ he said.

Dettori and trainer John Gosden have conceded Enable went too hard, too soon last year. Gosden, whose three-time Ascot Gold Cup winner Stradivarius is second favourite, expects another tactical contest.

Last year Dettori seemed mindful not to give Ghaiyyath too much rope up front before the fancied Godolphin-owned runner faded.

Enable and jockey Frankie Dettori have another shot at racing immortality on Sunday

This time the tactical conundrum might be supplied by Aidan O’Brien’s English Derby winner Serpentine.

If he shoots off like he did at Epsom when he established an unassailable lead, how will Dettori react? O’Brien’s 2019 Irish Derby winner Sovereign could also have the accelerator pressed down early. But the role of Waldgeist will probably be played by the other two O’Brien runners, Japan and Mogul. The latter, ridden by Ryan Moore, landed the Grand Prix de Paris over the course and distance last month, quickening up smartly from the rear albeit on better ground.

Back in the spring and early summer, Gosden struggled to get Enable back into racing mode, her body clock ticking more to the beat of a broodmare in her sixth year. He made it clear she was far from being wound up when she returned with a second to Ghaiyyath in the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown in July.

Sunday will be a fourth and final shot at Europe’s biggest all-age race for six-year-old Enable

Sunday will be a fourth and final shot at Europe’s biggest all-age race for six-year-old Enable

Since then Enable was not hard pressed to beat Sovereign by five-and-a-half lengths in a King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot that turned into a three-runner affair and had no more than an exercise gallop to land the September Stakes.

Gosden has gradually brought her to the boil for the one race —which everyone expects to be her last — that owner Khaled Abdullah kept her in training to try to win.

Gosden said: ‘It becomes a tougher challenge every year but she is strong mentally. Don’t tell her she isn’t, she won’t appreciate it! Being indomitable is part of her psyche.’

That indomitability and the mettle of her celebrated jockey are likely to be tested like never before this afternoon.



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Clock is ticking for both Dettori and his wonder horse Enable as they seek Arc history on Sunday


The Qatar Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe clock is ticking for Enable and Frankie Dettori.

Sunday will be a fourth and final shot at Europe’s biggest all-age race for the six-year-old mare whose biological clock is telling her that it is time to become a mother rather a champion racehorse.

And her jockey, with his 50th birthday circled on the calendar in December, knows he does not have many more chances to add to his record six Arc wins.

Enable and jockey Frankie Dettori have another shot at racing immortality on Sunday

Tick, Tock. Tick, Tock.

But in reality Arc time has also stood still for Dettori and the mare he dotes over.

Twelve months on, the images of the John Gosden-trained mare hitting the front 400 metres from the line, going over a length clear and then being cut down in the final 50 metres by 16-1 shot Waldgeist as her bid for an historic third win in the Arc was thwarted are freeze frames in the memory.

Rewind and repeat. Even the heavy ground the runners will encounter at Longchamp after persistent rain all week is a case of deja vu.

Enable and Dettori get another shot at racing immortality, a second chance to do something no horse has ever done before by winning a third Arc.

Sunday will be a fourth and final shot at Europe’s biggest all-age race for six-year-old Enable

Sunday will be a fourth and final shot at Europe’s biggest all-age race for six-year-old Enable

The fact that only 1,000 people will be allowed in to Longchamp compared to last year’s 45,000 with half from Britain and Ireland might lessen the pressure, but the thought of a similar outcome to 12 months’ ago is too difficult for Dettori to even contemplate.

The jockey said: ‘The two hours after last year’s Arc were the longest two hours of my riding career. It was hard.

‘There was so much expectation and we came so close. Now we’ve got another chance.’

After Thursday’s withdrawal of Aidan O’Brien-trained 1,000 Guineas and Oaks winner Love, seen as Enable’s biggest rival, expectations are getting close to what they were 12 months ago.

Second favourite now is Enable’s John Gosden-trained stablemate and three-time Ascot Gold Cup winner Stradivarius, with last year’s third Sottsass next in the betting.

Frankie Dettori knows he does not have many more chances to add to his record six Arc wins

Stamina will not be a problem for Stradivarius. The chestnut colt Dettori has ridden to his three Gold Cup successes for owner Bjorn Nielsen is dropping back in distance to have a crack at the Arc with four-time Arc winning jockey Olivier Peslier stepping in for Dettori, who lets out a mock shriek of horror when Stradivarius is mentioned.

Dettori said: ‘Strad is a big danger. I have Bjorn taking the p*** out of me, bombarding me with texts that I have chosen the wrong one!’ Not that there was ever a chance Dettori would abandon Enable. His love affair with the mare he has ridden in 16 of her 18 races has long been an open secret. A lump is never far from his throat when he talks about what might have been and what he hopes will be for Enable.

The Italian said: ‘Whenever I am asked about her I find it really hard. I want her to be remembered as one of the greats. I have got lots to look forward to but it will be a massive loss emotionally to me when she retires and I try not to think about it or else I get all depressed.

‘I am 50 in two months’ time. I have not got long left. To find another Enable is highly unlikely. What makes her special? She has everything — presence and character. She is a beautiful physical specimen and has a lung capacity like no horse I have ridden.

‘She is also very clever. I see two horses, Enable in the morning and Enable in the afternoon. It is amazing what I see and feel. She grows a foot on the track.

‘She floats like a hovercraft. She knows it’s race day. She is like a boxer going into the ring. The gloves are on, her veins are sticking out and she grinds her teeth. She wants it.

O’BRIEN FEED SCARE

Trainer Aidan O’Brien was waiting for confirmation his four Arc runners can run after feed he uses was found to have been contaminated by a prohibited substance. 

Results from blood and feed samples may not be known until tonight. Other trainers are also having to test their horses.

Soft ground has ruled Battaash out of Sunday’s Prix de L’Abbaye leaving Kevin Ryan-trained Glass Slippers (Tom Eaves) the new favourite as she tries to win the race for the second year running. 

She has a tricky high draw though.

‘I can’t believe she still has her zest for racing at six. She is not as exuberant as she was as a three-year-old but physically she is a lot stronger.’

In Love’s absence, Ryan Moore has chosen Grand Prix de Paris winner Mogul, whose 2020 form could be described as mixed, over runaway Derby winner Serpentine, who will surely revert to more positive tactics under Christophe Soumillon after his fourth in the Grand Prix de Paris when ridden with restraint.

The value has been squeezed out of the price of German Derby winner and Grand Prix de Paris runner-up In Swoop in the belief he will cope better than most with the testing conditions.

The mystery factor is supplied by Persian King. The representative of Andre Fabre, the man who has trained a record eight Arc winners, looked special when winning the Prix Du Moulin over a mile last month but he has never raced over the mile and a half of the Arc and conditions will mean any stamina weakness should surface.

In her three runs this season Enable was second to Ghaiyyath in the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown after Gosden had warned she was short of match fitness, easily won the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, which turned into a disappointing three-runner race at Ascot, and had no more than a leg stretch when winning the September Stakes at Kempton.

But the season’s focus has again been on one day.

Dettori added: ‘John is training her to peak on October 4. It is only then that we will find out if she is still as good, better or worse. I won’t be able to tell you until she has competition to ask her some questions.’

The time is nearly here to see if Enable has the answers again.



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Aidan OBrien’s Love to miss Arc showdown with Enable due to predicted soft ground


Aidan OBrien’s star filly Love to miss showdown with Enable in Sunday’s Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe due to predicted soft ground

  • Love will not run because of the increasingly testing ground at Longchamp 
  • The filly was seen as the biggest threat to Enable in Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe 
  • The three-year-old will now be aimed at the Breeders’ Cup Turf in November

Love, seen as the biggest threat to Enable in Sunday’s Qatar Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe, will not run because of the increasingly testing ground at Longchamp.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien said that the three-year-old filly who has easily won the 1,000 Guineas, Oaks and Yorkshire Oaks this Summer would now be aimed at the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Keeneland in America in November.

Rain all week in Paris and no prospect of that coming to an end before the race had seen Love’s odds drifting. O’Brien had previously pointed out his concerns over her ability to cope with soft ground.

Love will not run on Sunday because of the increasingly testing ground at Longchamp

Bookmakers reacted by further tightening the odds of Enable who is bidding to become the first three-time winner of the Arc.

Ladbrokes now make Enable the 6-5 favourite with her John Gosden-trained stablemate Stradivarius the 9-2 second favourite.

Ladbrokes spokesman Jon Lees said: ‘Love had been drifting like a bateau mouche on the River Seine so her withdrawal had begun to look inevitable. 

Aidan OBrien's star filly was seen as the biggest threat to Enable in Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe

Aidan OBrien’s star filly was seen as the biggest threat to Enable in Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe

‘While it’s a real shame that we won’t now get to see her face off against Enable, it means Enable has a much better chance of securing an historic third Arc win.’

Had O’Brien declared Love at this morning’s final forfeit stage, a withdrawal on the day would have incurred a fine and also meant his No 1 jockey Ryan Moore could not switch to another of his runners.

Moore will now ride Grand Prix de Paris winner Mogul in the Arc with O’Brien also running Derby winner Serpentine (Christophe Soumillon), Sovereign (Mickael Barzalona) and Japan (Yutaka Take).



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Frankie Dettori’s Enable secures bloodless seven-length win in the Unibet September Stakes 


Frankie Dettori’s Enable secures bloodless seven-length win in the Unibet September Stakes

  • Enable secured a bloodless seven-length win in the Unibet September Stakes  
  • Frankie Dettori’s mount was in front of a furlong and proceeded to prevail
  • Enable will attempt to win a historic third L’Arc de Triomphe next month 

Enable smoothly came through her final race before her attempt to win an historic third Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe next month with a bloodless seven-length win in the Unibet September Stakes at Kempton.

Frankie Dettori’s mount missed a beat at the start but was in front after a furlong and sprinted away in the final two furlong in the style expected of a 1-14 favourite.

What is expected to be Enable’s last run in Britain was witnessed by a crowd of staff and owners of around 200 people. But she was enthusiastically applauded back to the winner’s enclosure before Dettori performed a flying dismount and knelt before his favourite horse saying: ‘I kneel for my girl.’

Frankie Dettori is delighted after Enable secured a bloodless seven-length win in the Unibet September Stakes

Afterwards Dettori said: ‘We came here to do a job and it was no contest really. We were last the last into the stalls and the rope of the handler smacked her in the face. That’s why she missed the break but these things happen.

‘She had a good work-out in the final two furlongs and had a good blow. It was just what we wanted. All roads lead to Longchamp now and the dream is still alive.’

Enable remains 9-4 second favourite for the Arc on October 4, with Aidan O’Brien-trained Love, winner of this season’s 1,000 Guineas, Oaks and Yorkshire Oaks, the 2-1 favourite.

Enable will attempt to win an historic third Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe next month

Enable will attempt to win an historic third Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe next month

Meanwhile, Enable’s trainer John Gosden said that under current COVID-19 restrictions, which require a 14-day quarantine on return from France, he will not be able to accompany the mare on her Arc challenge.

Champion jockey Oisin Murphy said it was a ‘dream come true’ to ride a group one winner for trainer Sir Michael Stoute as 5-2 favourite Dream of Dreams finished strongly to win the Betfair Sprint Cup at Haydock by a length and a quarter from Hollie Doyle-ridden Glen Shiel.

Oisin Murphy said it was a 'dream come true' as Dream of Dreams (centre, blue and yellow cap) won the Betfair Sprint Cup

Oisin Murphy said it was a ‘dream come true’ as Dream of Dreams (centre, blue and yellow cap) won the Betfair Sprint Cup 

Murphy, who starts a careless riding suspension on Monday which rules him out of Doncaster’s St Leger meeting, said: ‘Haydock has been a happy hunting ground for me. I rode my first group winner here on Hot Streak in 2014 and it is a dream come true to ride a group one winner for Sir Michael.

‘He lost his partner Coral in the last few weeks. I hope the win lifts his spirits and those of the yard.’



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‘She deserved a hero’s farewell on her final run at a British track’: Frankie Dettori expresses disappointment that Enable will not be given a farewell by racing fans on her final run

  • Enable will race her expected final British run at without a proper send off
  • The Unibet September Stakes at Kempton on Saturday will be run without fans 
  • She will attempt an historic third Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe next month

Frankie Dettori has expressed disappointment that racing fans will not get a chance to see Enable in the flesh when she makes what is expected to be her final run in Britain in the Unibet September Stakes at Kempton on Saturday.

Enable’s appearance in the Group Three contest is a stepping stone to a swansong performance when she attempts to land an historic third Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp next month, a contest that will also now be run without British race fans after a decision by the French authorities.

Dettori (on Enable) said: ‘It is sad that nobody is going to be there to give Enable a great reception. She deserved a hero’s farewell on her final run at a British track.

Enable’s expected final British run at Kempton on Saturday will be run without fans

‘She has been around racing for four years and has built a big following. It’s not going to be but at least it will be easier for me because I won’t be so emotional and have to cry on national TV!’

Trainer John Gosden opted to swerve last month’s Yorkshire Oaks with Enable, avoiding a clash with Love, who claimed favouritism for the Arc after an impressive win.

The opposition in a race that six-year-old Enable won in 2018 en route to her second Arc win is much less taxing, even though she has to concede weight to her six rivals.

But Dettori said it is still an essential part of her Arc preparation, adding : ‘She is 1-5 and we don’t anticipate any hiccups but it is all part and parcel of the preparation that John has mapped out for her in the build-up to October 4.

Frankie Dettori has expressed his disappointment at the horse not being given a farewell

Frankie Dettori has expressed his disappointment at the horse not being given a farewell

‘You can do so much at home but nothing can emulate real competition. It’s the whole package.

‘The two-hour journey to Kempton in a horsebox, being in a different stable, hearing the commentaries blast out. It gets the blood up.

‘It’s part of the process for going from 90 per cent to 100 per cent on October 4. That can only be achieved by replicating a race scenario.’

Meanwhile, Enable’s half-brother Derab was a tenderly handled and promising debut second behind Le Barrosa at Ascot on Friday.

The Charlie Appleby-trained winner was ridden by James Doyle, who travels to France tomorrow to take the mount on three-time Group One winner Pinatubo in the Prix Du Moulin, where the opposition includes Irish 2,000 Guineas winner and Sussex Stakes third Siskin.

Quarantine rules mean Doyle will miss next week’s St Leger meeting at Doncaster.



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Aidan O’Brien hopes stable stars Magical and Enable have the chance to face Ghaiyyath again


Aidan O’Brien hopes stable stars Magical and Enable have the chance to face Ghaiyyath again in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown 

  • Magical was beaten three lengths by Ghaiyyath in International Stakes at York
  • Japan has hampered by a foot issue in King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes 
  • Ghaiyyath’s participation appears to hinge on availability of jockey William Buick

Aidan O’Brien says he would relish the opportunity to take on Ghaiyyath again in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown a week on Saturday.

The participation of the Charlie Appleby-trained colt appears to hinge on whether regular jockey William Buick is able to take up the mount which needs a change in the rules on quarantine for elite athletes entering Ireland.

But if the Godolphin-owned colt, who has won the Coronation Cup, Eclipse and International Stakes, lines up in the signature race of Longines Irish Champions weekend, he will face a team which is headed by Magical, last year’s winner, and Japan.

Ghaiyyath’s participation hinges on whether jockey William Buick is able to take up the mount

Six-time group one winner Magical was beaten three lengths by Ghaiyyath in last month’s International Stakes at York last month while Japan has recovered from a foot issue that emerged after he was last of three to Enable in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot in July.

O’Brien said: ‘We were delighted with Magical at York. It was her first run back of the Autumn campaign. Ryan (Moore) thought she might progress a bit from the run. She is a hardy lady and she gives her all.

‘When we run we get a look at our own horses and everyone else’s and we re-group and see if we can improve things and do a few little tweeks.

‘Japan came back from Ascot with very sore soles in his front feet. We don’t know if it was pressure from his shoes or he stood on something. He was lame for a few days after and we rode him out barefoot for 10 days and he came back 100 per cent sound.

‘He is travelling really well in his work and everything seems to be good now. We felt it was a legitimate excuse for what happened to him.

‘It would be great for everybody if Ghaiyyath came over. It’s a very prestigious race and it is great it happens in Ireland.’

Irish 2,000 Guineas second Vatican City, who was eighth in the Derby and then last in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood after being galloped into and losing his action, is another O’Brien Champion Stakes possible.

O’Brien first won the Irish Champion Stakes with Giant’s Causeway 20 years ago. He has won the race eight times.

Other big race plans for O’Brien over Irish Champions weekend include running Irish 1,000 Guineas winner and French Oaks third Peaceful in the Group One Matron Stakes at Leopardstown.

On day two of Irish Champions weekend at the Curragh, O’Brien’s 2019 Irish Derby winner Sovereign spearheads his attack in the Comer Group International Irish Leger while Battleground, winner of the Chesham Stakes and Vintage Stakes, attempts a first group one race win in the National Stakes.



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Enable made favourite in September Stakes as John Godsen confirms Logician will miss Kempton clash


Enable made favourite in September Stakes as John Godsen confirms Logician will miss Kempton clash

  • Enable has emerged as heavy favourite ahead of Saturday’s meeting at Kempton
  • Trainer John Godsen has revealed stablemate Logician will not enter the race
  • Enable set for last British race before seeking third Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe win

Enable is the 1-5 favourite with Ladbrokes for Saturday’s September Stakes at Kempton after confirmation John Gosden-trained stablemate Logician will not take her on even though the 2019 St Leger winner features among the nine entries.

Enable will be having what is expected to be her last race in Britain before trying to win an historic third Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe on October 4 while Logician would be making his delayed seasonal debut after illness.

But Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khaled Abdullah, said: ‘They won’t run against each other. Enable is very much an intended runner at this stage. 

Enable is the 1-5 favourite with Ladbrokes for Saturday’s September Stakes at Kempton

‘We entered Logician just in case, as he is nearing a return and we’re considering a couple of different options.’

Highest rated of Enable’s potential opponents is Charlie Fellowes-trained Prince of Arran, who has twice been placed in the Melbourne Cup.

Meanwhile Roger Teal-trained July Cup winner Oxted is 7-2 favourite for Saturday’s Group One Haydock Sprint Cup.



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Love fires Arc warning to Enable after cruising to victory in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks at York


Love fires Arc warning to rival Enable after cruising to victory in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks at York

  • Love justified her 4-9 tag as favourite to win by more than four lengths 
  • O’Brien-trained Love conquered all her opponents without breaking sweat 
  • The filly also won the 1,000 Guineas in June and the Investec Oaks in July 

Enable bypassed York’s Ebor meeting but the scale of her task in trying to win an historic third Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe looks a lot more daunting after Love claimed a bloodless victory in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks.

Just 24 hours after Ghaiyyath underlined what a force he could potentially be at Longchamp on October 4 with an emphatic win in the Juddmonte International Stakes, Aidan O’Brien-trained Love conquered all her opponents without breaking sweat.

Coral promoted Love to 5-2 Arc favourite with Enable at 11-4.

Love justified her 4-9 tag as favourite to win by more than four lengths on Thursday

The win prompted O’Brien, watching from his Co. Tipperary base, to lavish praise on the daughter of Galileo by saying he couldn’t remember training a filly whose potential was so exciting at this stage of her career.

Love’s win came in a race Enable has won twice, including on her charge to a first Arc as a three-year-old filly in 2017. When the pair meet in Paris, Love will be getting 7lb from her older rival.

The five-length win for the Ryan Moore-ridden 4-9 shot made Love the first filly to complete the 1,000 Guineas, Oaks and Yorkshire Oaks treble since Sir Noel Murless -trained Mysterious in 1973.

While it would be easy to question the value of the form of Thursday’s win, One Voice, who was beaten seven lengths in third, was beaten only a neck by Fancy Blue — an Arc possible herself — in the Group One Nassau Stakes.

Aidan O'Brien-trained Love conquered all her opponents without breaking sweat

Aidan O’Brien-trained Love conquered all her opponents without breaking sweat

There was concern in the O’Brien camp about how Love would handle the sticky Knavesmire going. But she cruised into the lead three furlongs out and Moore never had to even think about picking up his whip as she eased clear of 33-1 Sir Mark Prescott-trained runner-up Alpinista, who justified the decision to run her a week after winning a Listed race at Salisbury.

O’Brien, whose Derby winner Serpentine will run in the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp on September 13 ahead of a possible tilt at the Arc, said: ‘If Love ran well the plan was to go straight to the Arc. She has looked very special from the minute she ran in the Guineas. I can’t name a filly we have had who has been as exciting at this stage.

‘It’s her movement, pace and action and attitude. Those things are the making of great horses and she seem to have all of them.

‘She had a break after Epsom and this was her first run back for the Autumn. You would hope she would progress and she has been doing that.

‘If you look to last year when she got beat it was on slow ground. We were worried going into the race. We had a good discussion and Ryan said that while the ground wasn’t ideal we needed to know what we would do if we got into this situation at the Arc.

‘Now we know we can run in at least good to soft but I would be worried if it was stinking atrocious ground because she has a beautiful low action.’

Enable will have her prep race for the Arc in the September Stakes at Kempton a week on Saturday.

Her trainer John Gosden insisted he was not running scared by missing the Yorkshire Oaks, but it looks a wise decision in hindsight given Enable’s sole reason for being kept in training as a six-year-old is to win a third Arc.

She might not have ended up with a bloody nose at York but she could have endured a heavyweight dust-up that left its mark.



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