Enable among 11 confirmed for Ascot's King George Stakes

Ascot Racecourse Media Release
July 22, 2019 10:25am
Champion trainer John Gosden is not taking anything for granted as star mare Enable takes aim at the Group 1, £1.25  King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Saturday at Ascot.
 
Enable captured the 12-furlong midsummer highlight in 2017 during a glittering 3-year-old campaign that saw her win five Group 1 races in a row, but she was unable to defend her crown last year due to injury.
 
The dual Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heroine made a successful reappearance this year in the 10-furlongCoral-Eclipse at Sandown Park on July 6 when pushed out to win by three parts of a length from old rival Magical.
 
Saturday offers Enable the chance to become the third two-time winner of the King George and the first this century, following Dahlia (1973 & 1974) and Swain (1997 & 1998). Post time is 10:40 a.m. ET.
 
"Enable has been in good form since Sandown," Gosden said Monday morning. "I thought she ran a lovely race there. Frankie (Dettori) had her in the correct position and she won with a bit in hand.
 
"...Enable was just going through the motions, but two weeks before Sandown you saw all her passion and enthusiasm come out for racing. Suddenly, Frankie was hanging on rather than saying, 'Can we go a little faster, dear?' She is very assertive and knows what she wants to do. The key thing is to go with the flow and not argue with her."
Enable is one of 11 contenders at the five-day confirmation stage today for the King George. Listed prices are: 4/6 Enable; 5/2 Crystal Ocean; 6/1 Anthony Van Dyck; 12/1 Defoe; 16/1 Waldgeist; 25/1 Cheval Grand; 50/1 Magic Wand, Salouen; 66/1 Morando; and 100/1 Norway, Hunting Horn.
  
"The betting industry has put her in at a price that says they don't want people to be backing her," Gosden said. "I don't think the price is realistic of her chances, but I suppose they are just protecting themselves if she does win.
 
"...This is no penalty kick, absolutely not. It is a really exciting race with a deep field. Obviously, Enable and Crystal Ocean set the standard and then you have the three-year-olds getting the allowances. Enable is up for it, but I just don't think it is the formality that is indicated. I see her more as even money shot against this field rather than the price she is."
Beyond the King George, connections of the 5-year-old mare campaigned by Juddmonte Farms have stated a third straight win in the Arc as Enable's goal.
 
"She is the best mile and a half filly I have trained, and what she has done has been pretty extraordinary," Gosden said. "I admired her a lot last year, coming back the way she did. She was not at her best in the Arc, but Frankie rode a magnificent race because he knew that he did not have the petrol in the tank that he would normally have, which is why he held onto her for so long. Then when we went to America (for the Breeders' Cup) and suddenly she was coming back to her best.
 
"I think we probably have seen the best of her. She was good the other day and as a 3-year-old. Hopefully, we can get through Ascot, then you have York and the Arc. It is a big ask for any horse, but as you saw there, right now she is proud and happy within herself."

 

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