Gosden eager for ‘crowd-puller’ Enable to race on


John Gosden has been stating the case for Enable to race on at four, with the trainer insisting the superstar filly would be good for attracting crowds next season.

Enable cemented her majestic campaign on Sunday when she justified odds-on favouritism by storming to victory under Frankie Dettori in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly.

That took her Group One tally this season to five, ensuring the daughter of Nathaniel goes away for her winter break having won seven of her eight career starts to date.

She raced for the first time in November last year as a two-year-old and Gosden has been keen to highlight that relatively short racing career as he seeks to ensure that Enable will remain in training for a four-year-old campaign.

Gosden is expected to sit down with owner Prince Khalid Abdullah in the next 10 days to finalise a decision on next season after Enable has had time to come down from her Chantilly brilliance.

“She’s done everything we could have dreamed of,” Gosden said. “We’ll see how she is over the next 10 days and talk to Prince Khalid, who will make a decision.

“She’s only really had 10 months of racing and it would be wonderful if she could run next season as she would be bit of a crowd-puller.”

The Clarehaven handler admitted he felt a degree of pressure going into the Arc although Enable rarely gave him a moment of doubt during the race. She is, according to her trainer, a different personality once she goes racing.

“It was very moving. There was an awful lot of pressure and a lot was expected,” he added. “She’s a very kind filly with a lovely, sweet nature, but when she gets her [racing] tack on, she’s very assertive. She was expressing herself and it was great.”

Having swerved a clash with Enable in the Arc, Gosden’s Cracksman is the 10/3 favourite to land the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot on British Champions Day later this month.

Ulysses, third in the Arc, is 5/1 for trainer Sir Michael Stoute while Winter, down in the field in ninth at Chantilly, is a 6/1 shot for trainer Aidan O’Brien.

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