Gosden: Enable 'moving nicely' ahead of Yorkshire Oaks run

August 13, 2019 09:35am

On the strength of two wins from as many starts this season, wonder mare Enable measures up as a 1-5 favorite from overseas betting services to win the Aug. 22 Yorkshire Oaks (G1) in what’s her likely penultimate career race.

Connections had a choice of races between the Oaks at England's York Racecourse and the Aug. 21 Juddmonte International (G1) against males, settling on the former given its preferred 1 1/2-mile distance. Enable, a 5-year-old John Gosden trainee, will be prepping for a historic third straight win in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe later this fall.

Enable’s victories this season have come in the July 6 Coral-Eclipse (G1) at Sandown and in a memorable duel with Crystal Ocean — the anticipated Juddmonte International favorite — in Ascot’s July 27 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes
(G1).

“She has had a nice easy time since the King George,” Gosden told the Racing Post this week. She just did a breeze on her own with Frankie [Dettori] on Saturday – into a strong headwind, so they just did a nice quiet bit. She is out there enjoying herself, looking well and moving nicely.”

In 2017, at age 3, Enable used a King George victory over older rivals as a springboard to win her first try at the Yorkshire Oaks. She successfully finished the campaign just more than a month later in the Arc.

In 2018, the Prince Khalid Abdullah runner didn’t begin her season until winning the September Stakes (G3) to prep for a second Arc win. Of course, Enable then went on to take the Breeders’ Cup Turf as well.

There haven’t been discussions this year about similarly returning Enable to the U.S. for the Nov. 2 Turf at Santa Anita Park, with the Arc likely to be her career finale.

“She’s a lovely filly and done extremely well this year,” Gosden told the Racing Post. “She really enjoys her training and her racing, which obviously makes the trainer’s job a lot easier. Everyone is interested in her when she is out (to train).

“So we're very lucky to have a filly like that.”

In all, Enable, a daughter of Nathaniel, has won 12 of 13 starts and 11 races consecutively.

2019 Yorkshire Oaks (G1)

*Rating is based on HRN fan votes, which rank the Top Active Horses in training.
RankSilksHorse / SireRatingTrainer / JockeyLast StartStatus
 Cimeara
Vocalised
6.34
J. O'Brien
3rd, 2019 Stanerra Stakes (G3) 
Possible
 Coronet
Dubawi
7.14
J. Gosden
1st, 2019 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (G1) 
Possible
 Enable
Nathaniel
8.98
J. Gosden
1st, 2019 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1) 
Possible
 Lah Ti Dar
Dubawi
7.53
J. Gosden
3rd, 2019 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (G1) 
Possible
 Magic Wand
Galileo
7.42
A. O'Brien
2nd, 2019 Arlington Million (G1) 
Possible
 Sun Maiden
Frankel
S. Stoute
4th, 2019 Nassau Stakes (G1) 
Possible
 Anapurna
Frankel
5.79
J. Gosden
1st, 2019 Epsom Oaks (G1) 
Possible
 Antonia De Vega
Lope De Vega
R. Beckett
1st, 2019 Abingdon Stakes (LS) 
Possible
 Delphinia
Galileo
A. O'Brien
5th, 2019 Epsom Oaks (G1) 
Possible
 Fleeting
Zoffany
5.79
A. O'Brien
4th, 2019 Beverly D. Stakes (G1) 
Possible
 Happen
War Front
4.79
A. O'Brien
2nd, 2019 Saratoga Oaks (LS) 
Possible
 Hermosa
Galileo
A. O'Brien
9th, 2019 Nassau Stakes (G1) 
Possible
 Manuela De Vega
Lope De Vega
R. Beckett
2nd, 2019 Lillie Langtry Stakes (G2) 
Possible
 Mehdaayih
Frankel
5.45
J. Gosden
2nd, 2019 Nassau Stakes (G1) 
Possible
 Nausha
Kingman
5.12
R. Varian
14th, 2019 Prix De Diane (G1) 
Possible
 Pink Dogwood
Camelot
A. O'Brien
3rd, 2019 Irish Oaks (G1) 
Possible
 South Sea Pearl
Galileo
A. O'Brien
3rd, 2019 Lillie Langtry Stakes (G2) 
Possible
 Star Catcher
Sea The Stars
7.07
J. Gosden
1st, 2019 Irish Oaks (G1) 
Possible

 

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