Connections of brilliant Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Enable won’t be rushing to decide if their superstar filly stays in training next season.
Enable will be given a chance to recover from her superb Chantilly success, the fifth Group 1 race she has landed this season, before any decision on a four-year-old campaign is likely to be made.
Trainer John Gosden expressed his desire to see Enable race on in the immediate aftermath of the Arc win, insisting the fact she’d only run once as a two-year-old meant she has, so far, had a very short racing career.
The daughter of Nathaniel followed wins in the Epsom Oaks, the Irish Oaks, the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Yorkshire Oaks with a spell-binding win in the Arc on Sunday.
Frankie Dettori, winning the race for a record-breaking fifth time, quickly got his mount in prime position despite a wide draw and, from there, the result rarely looked in doubt.
Enable made a race-winning move two-furlongs from home, quickly putting distance between herself and the chasing pack and never looking likely to be caught.
Teddy Grimthorpe, Prince Khalid Abdullah’s long-standing racing manager, says Enable will be given some time back in Newmarket before all parties sit down to discuss her future.
“There’s no decision on next year and there won’t be for a while yet, I’d imagine,” said Grimthorpe.
“Firstly we need to get her back to Newmarket, check her over and the like, and then we all need to have a chat about what is best for the filly.”
He went on to outline the great sense of pride and good fortune that everyone at the Prince’s Juddmonte Farms operation feels when it comes to having another superstar on their hands.
“We’re very lucky, we truly appreciate it,” said Grimthorpe.
“You have a horse like Frankel and think ‘that’s it, it’s probably not going to get much better’ but then along came the likes of Kingman, Arrogate and now Enable. It’s just been an absolute privilege to be around them.”
Meanwhile Gosden-trained stablemate Cracksman, who skipped a potential collision with Enable in the Arc, is 10/3 to win the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot on British Champions Day later this month.
Aidan O’Brien’s Highland Reel, who missed the Arc on account of soft ground, can be backed at 10/1 to land the Champion Stakes on 21st October, while Ulysses, third at Chantilly on Sunday, is a 5/1 chance.
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