Enable (horse)

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Enable at the 2018 Breeders' Cup
DamsireSadler's Wells
Foaled12 February 2014[1]
CountryUnited Kingdom
BreederJuddmonte Farms
OwnerKhalid Abdullah
TrainerJohn Gosden
Record11: 10-0-1
Major wins
Cheshire Oaks (2017)
Epsom Oaks (2017)
Irish Oaks (2017)
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2017)
Yorkshire Oaks (2017)
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (2017, 2018)
September Stakes (2018)
Breeders' Cup Turf (2018)
Cartier Champion Three-year-old Filly (2017)
Cartier Horse of the Year (2017)
Cartier Champion Older Horse (2018)

Enable (foaled 12 February 2014) is a British Thoroughbred racehorse. After winning her only race as a two-year-old in 2016 she emerged as the dominant middle-distance horse in Europe in the following year when she won the Cheshire Oaks, Epsom Oaks, Irish Oaks, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Yorkshire Oaks and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. As a four-year-old she won the September Stakes, her second Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and the Breeders' Cup Turf, becoming the first Arc winner to win the Breeders' Cup Turf in the same year.


Enable at Churchill Downs in 2018

Enable is a bay filly bred in England by her owner Khalid Abullah's Juddmonte Farms. She has a large white star and a narrow irregular blaze, a white sock on her left hind leg and smaller white markings on her front feet. She was sent into training with John Gosden at Newmarket, Suffolk.

Enable is from the first crop of foals sired by Nathaniel who won the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes in 2011 and the Eclipse Stakes in the following year. Her dam Concentric showed good form in France, winning a Listed race and finishing second in the Prix de Flore.[2] She is also a full sister to the dam of Flintshire.[3]

Racing career[edit]

2016: two-year-old season[edit]

Enable made her only appearance as a two-year-old in a maiden race over one mile on the synthetic Tapeta track at Newcastle Racecourse on 28 November 2016 and started at odds of 7/2 in a field of nine fillies. Ridden by Robert Havlin, she was restrained towards the rear before taking the lead inside the final furlong and drawing away to win by three and three quarter lengths.[4]

2017: three-year-old season[edit]


Enable began her second season in a minor stakes race over ten furlongs at Newbury Racecourse on 21 April when she was partnered by William Buick. Starting at odds of 5/1 she stayed on well in the closing stages to finish third behind her stablemate Shutter Speed and Raheen House. Frankie Dettori took the ride when the filly was stepped up in class and distance to contest the Cheshire Oaks over eleven and a half furlongs at Chester Racecourse on 10 May and was made the 2/1 second choice in the seven-runner field behind the Aidan O'Brien-trained Alluringly. After racing in second place, Enable took the lead three furlongs out and went clear of her rivals before being eased down by Dettori to win by one and three quarter lengths.[5]


On 2 June Enable was one of nine fillies to contest the 238th running of the Oaks Stakes over one and a half miles at Epsom Racecourse. The race was run in heavy rain after a thunderstorm struck the course shortly before the start.[6] The Irish filly Rhododendron, ridden by Ryan Moore, was made the 8/11 favourite with Enable second choice in the betting on 6/1 alongside the Godolphin challenger Sobetsu (winner of the Prix Saint-Alary). The other runners included Alluringly, Natavia (Fillies' Trial Stakes), Coronet (Zetland Stakes) and Horseplay (Pretty Polly Stakes). With Dettori again in the saddle, Enable raced in third place before going to the front two furlongs out with Rhododendron emerging as her only serious challenger. In the closing stages Enable drew right away from the favourite to win by five lengths with another six lengths back to Alluringly in third place.[7] After the race Dettori commented "When I saw Ryan wasn’t moving alongside me, I thought I was in trouble, but once I saw his distress signals coming I knew my filly would stay right to the end. She’s only run three times, she’s very good. She’s still a bit of a frame but I think she’ll get better and better."[8]

Enable made her next appearance in the Irish Oaks at the Curragh on 15 July. She was partnered by Dettori who had just returned to riding after sustaining an arm injury at Yarmouth on 13 June.[9] She was made the 2/5 favourite ahead of her stablemate Coronet, whilst the other eight runners included Rain Goddess (runner-up in the Pretty Polly Stakes), Alluringly, Intricately (Moyglare Stud Stakes) and Eziyra (C L Weld Park Stakes). After tracking the leader Rain Goddess, Enable went to the front two furlongs out, accelerated away from her rivals and won "easily" by five and a half lengths.[10] Dettori commented "Enable is a very special filly and it was so important to ride her - she is a true professional and I think she has improved since Epsom. She has a good turn of foot and put the race to bed".[11]

Less than two weeks after her win at the Curragh, Enable, with Dettori again in the saddle, was matched against older horses and male opposition in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot Racecourse.[12] She started the 5/4 favourite against nine opponents including Highland Reel, Jack Hobbs, Idaho, Ulysses and My Dream Boat. She raced in second place behind the pacemaker Maverick Wave before going to the front entering the straight. She accelerated several lengths clear of her rivals and never looked in any danger of defeat coming home four and a half lengths clear of Ulysses with Idaho in third place.[13] After the race Dettori, who was riding at his minimum weight of 119 pounds said, "I haven’t had a feeling like that since Golden Horn in the Arc... She’s top-drawer and that’s three times she’s proved it, three times that she’s won by a wide margin. I didn’t want to see a sprint and I knew she stays, so I kicked for home early".[14] John Gosden described the winner as being "as good a filly as I’ve ever trained... she just takes the race by the horns" before suggesting the Yorkshire Oaks and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe as future targets.[15]

As Gosden had predicted, Enable made her next appearance in the Yorkshire Oaks at York Racecourse on 24 August. She went off the 1/4 favourite against five opponents including Queen's Trust (Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf), Nezwaah (Pretty Polly Stakes), Coronet and Alluringly. She took the lead from the start, drew away from the field in the straight and won "very readily" by five lengths from Coronet.[16] Gosden commented "There was no obvious pace so I said to Frankie that he could do his own thing. She got lonely in the last part, she was looking around and idling. It’s not her favourite way of racing but she can do it that way. It was a lovely prep for the Arc, and it’s a nice run-in now. She’d be the best mile-and-a-half filly that I’ve trained".[17]


On 1 October at Chantilly Racecourse Enable, with Dettori in the saddle, started odds on favourite for Europe's most prestigious weight-for-age race, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. As she had not been among the original entries her owner had to pay a supplementary fee of €120,000 to run her in the race.[18] Ulysses and Idaho were again in opposition, whilst the other runners included Order of St George, Winter, Capri, Satono Diamond and Seventh Heaven. After racing in third place the filly took the lead in the straight, went clear of the field and stayed on to win by two and a half lengths from Cloth of Stars. Dettori commented "It was too perfect... It happened exactly like I thought and she won like I thought. Usually in an Arc something happens but it was so smooth, so effortless" while Gosden added "She’s really only had one very busy season so there’s a possibility she might stay in training next year and go to the new Longchamp. She’s truly exceptional, straight out of the top drawer".[19]

2018: four-year-old season[edit]

In May 2018 it was announced that Enable had suffered a "training setback", and would not race as a four-year-old until August at the earliest.[20] On 6 September, Enable made her belated seasonal debut in the September Stakes on the synthetic polytrack surface at Kempton and won by 3½ lengths from Crystal Ocean. After the race Gosden said "She’s 80 per cent fit, 85 per cent if you had to stretch it. She is in a good place mentally. She loves her racing. It frustrated her when the other horses went out on the Heath every morning and she couldn’t. It’s a hard thing for her to stand around doing nothing".[21]

She was then given a months break prior to her run in the 2018 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in which she attempted to become the eighth horse, and the first trained in England, to win the race for a second time. She started favourite ahead of Sea of Class, Waldgeist (Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud) and Kew Gardens while the other fifteen runners included Capri, Cloth of Stars, Talismanic, Study of Man (Prix du Jockey Club) and Clincher (Kyoto Kinen). Nelson set the pace before giving way to Capri in the straight but Enable, having tracked the leaders from the start, moved smoothly into the lead 300 metres from the finish. After looking likely to win easily she came under strong pressure in the last 100 metres but held on to win by a short neck from Sea of Class.[22] Dettori said "as we got to the false straight, the life in the old girl came back. I knew then we were in business. I waited as long as I could and, when I said ‘come on, let’s go’, the trademark turn of foot was there... She wasn't the Enable of last year but she's got the job done".[23] John Gosden commented "It's not been the preparation we wanted, it has been very difficult, and we had a hiccup between Kempton and here with a slight temperature thing, so it has not been easy. She was not at her best today. I have had a difficult year with her, it is entirely down to the filly and her guts and a lovely ride from Frankie. She has got the job done and it is down to her mind, she is a wonderful filly".[24]

Enable prior to winning the Breeders' Cup Turf

On her final run of the season, Enable was sent to the United States for the Breeders' Cup Turf at Churchill Downs on 3 November in which she attempted to become the first horse to win the race after taking the Arc in the same year (Found won the BC Turf in 2015 and the Arc a year later). She was made the 8/13 favourite ahead of twelve opponents including Waldgeist, Talismanic and Magical (British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes) from Europe, while the only North American runners given any serious chance were Robert Bruce (Arlington Million) and Channel Maker (Joe Hirsch Turf Classic). After racing in mid-division, Enable moved up on the wide outside on the final turn to take the lead in the straight but was immediately joined by Magical, ridden by Ryan Moore. The two fillies pulled well clear of the rest and at the line Enable prevailed by three quarters of a length with a gap of nine lengths back to the 80/1 outsider Sadler's Joy in third.[25] Explaining the race, Dettori said "She didn’t break that well and then the pace was on straight away. I managed to get out to four off the fence, and then she was moving good again. I was waiting for her to give me the message that she was ready to go, and I could see Magical on my inside. Magical took me on pretty early and then it was a punch-up to see who was the best. She went half a length up and I knew she was fighting for me but Ryan was like a wasp that wouldn’t go away. The ground made it hard for her today, but she’s a superstar".[26]

Race record[edit]

Date Race name D(f) Course Class Prize (£K) Odds Runners Place Margin Runner-up Time Jockey Trainer
28 November 2016 Maiden Stakes 8 Newcastle 5 3 3.5 7/2 9 1 3.75 Gallifrey 1:38.52 Robert Havlin John Gosden
21 April 2017 Conditions Stakes 10 Newbury 3 10 5 5/1 6 3 2:07.34 William Buick John Gosden
10 May 2017 Cheshire Oaks 11 Chester 1 (L) 34 2 2/1 7 1 1.75 Alluringly 2:23.80 Frankie Dettori John Gosden
2 June 2017 Epsom Oaks 12 Epsom 1 (G1) 284 6 6/1 9 1 5 Rhododendron 2:34.13 Frankie Dettori John Gosden
15 July 2017 Irish Oaks 12 Curragh 1 (G1) 198 0.4 2/5 F 10 1 5.5 Rain Goddess 2:32.13 Frankie Dettori John Gosden
29 July 2017 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stks 12 Ascot 1 (G1) 652 1.2 5/4 F 10 1 4.5 Ulysses 2:36.22 Frankie Dettori John Gosden
24 August 2017 Yorkshire Oaks 12 York 1 (G1) 198 0.25 1/4 F 6 1 5 Coronet 2:35.79 Frankie Dettori John Gosden
1 October 2017 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe 12 Chantilly 1 (G1) 2442 0.91 10/11 F 18 1 2.5 Cloth of Stars 2:28.69 Frankie Dettori John Gosden
8 September 2018 September Stakes 12 Kempton Park 1 (G3) 40 0.53 8/15 F 4 1 3.5 Crystal Ocean 2:30.57 Frankie Dettori John Gosden
7 October 2018 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe 12 Longchamp 1 (G1) 2528 1.00 Evs F 19 1 snk Sea of Class 2:29.24 Frankie Dettori John Gosden
3 November 2018 Breeders' Cup Turf 12 Churchill Downs 1 (G1) 1630 0.62 8/13 F 13 1 0.75 Magical 2:32.65 Frankie Dettori John Gosden

Assessment and awards[edit]

On 16 November 2017 at the Cartier Racing Awards Enable was named Champion Three-year-old Filly and Horse of the Year[27]

In the 2017 World's Best Racehorse Rankings, Enable was rated the fifth-best horse in the world and the best three-year-old filly.[28]

At the 2018 Cartier Awards, Enable was named Cartier Champion Older Horse.[29]


Pedigree of Enable (GB), bay filly, 2014[1]
Nathaniel (IRE)
Galileo (IRE)
Sadler's Wells Northern Dancer
Fairy Bridge
Urban Sea Miswaki
Magnificient Style (USA)
Silver Hawk Roberto
Gris Vitesse
Mia Karina Icecapade
Concentric (GB)
Sadler's Wells (USA)
Northern Dancer Nearctic
Fairy Bridge Bold Reason
Apogee (GB)
Shirley Heights Mill Reef
Bourbon Girl Ile de Bourbon
Fleet Girl (Family: 4-m)[3]
  • Enable is inbred 2 × 3 to Sadler's Wells, meaning that this stallion appears in both the second and third generations of her pedigree.


  1. ^ a b "Enable pedigree". Equineline.
  2. ^ "Concentric - Race Record & Form". Racing Post.
  3. ^ a b "Magnolia - Family 4-m". Thoroughbred Bloodlines.
  4. ^ "32Red.com Maiden Fillies' Stakes result". Racing Post. 28 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Cheshire Oaks result". Racing Post. 10 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Frankie Dettori rides Enable to Oaks victory at Epsom". BBC Sport. 2 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Epsom Oaks result". Racing Post. 2 June 2017.
  8. ^ Cook, Chris (2 June 2017). "Frankie Dettori steers Enable to convincing victory in the Oaks at Epsom". The Guardian.
  9. ^ Greg Wood (20 June 2017). "Frankie Dettori ruled out of Royal Ascot meeting due to arm injury". The Guardian.
  10. ^ "Irish Oaks result". Racing Post. 15 July 2017.
  11. ^ "Irish Oaks: Enable wins at Curragh to become dual Oaks winner". BBC Sport. 15 July 2017.
  12. ^ Marcus Armytage (24 July 2017). "Enable on King George VI mission as John Gosden leaves her in Ascot race". Daily Telegraph.
  13. ^ "King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes result". Racing Post. 29 July 2017.
  14. ^ Greg Wood (29 July 2017). "Frankie Dettori cruises to King George glory at Ascot on irresistible Enable". The Guardian.
  15. ^ "Enable upstages the colts again with stunning King George win". The Irish Times. 29 July 2017.
  16. ^ "Yorkshire Oaks result". Racing Post. 24 August 2017.
  17. ^ Greg Wood (24 August 2017). "Frankie Dettori and Enable stroll to Yorkshire Oaks win and look to Arc". The Guardian.
  18. ^ "Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe: Enable heads field at Chantilly for Frankie Dettori". BBC Sport. 29 September 2017.
  19. ^ Wood, Greg (1 October 2017). "Enable wins Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe with ease for Frankie Dettori". The Guardian.
  20. ^ "Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Enable out until August after injury". BBC Sport. 7 May 2018.
  21. ^ Armytage, Marcus (8 September 2018). "Enable warms up for Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe defence with faultless win at Kempton". Daily Telegraph.
  22. ^ "2018 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe result". Racing Post. 7 October 2018.
  23. ^ Wood, Greg (7 October 2018). "Enable joins horse racing greats with second Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe win". The Guardian.
  24. ^ "Enable and Dettori win Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe for second year in a row". BBC. 7 October 2018.
  25. ^ "Breeders' Cup Turf result". Racing Post. 3 November 2018.
  26. ^ Wood, Greg (3 November 2018). "Frankie Dettori wins Breeders' Cup Turf on Enable to complete dream double". The Guardian.
  27. ^ "Cartier Racing Awards 2017: Enable named Horse of the Year". BBC. 14 November 2017.
  28. ^ "The 2017 World Thoroughbred Rankings". Horseracingintfed.com. Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  29. ^ Armytage, Marcus (13 November 2018). "Roaring Lion seals stunning year with top Cartier award". Daily Telegraph.

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