Most American handicappers were a little late to the party with respect to her greatness, myself included. But after watching Enable’s gritty Qatar Prix du l’Arc de Triomphe repeat last year, then to see her overcome a tough trip in the Breeders’ Cup Turf to beat the boys again two weeks later, I was hooked.
Trainer John Gosden has indicated that her ultimate goal this year in an Arc three-peat—it’s never been done–he’s going to begin Enable’s 5-year-old season in Saturday’s Coral Eclipse Stakes.
Thirteen horses are confirmed starters, at this posting. Gosden is going for a repeat in the Group 1 mile and a quarter, having won it last year with Roaring Lion. Only Nathaniel has won this race making seasonal debut this millennium.
Said Gosden: “It’s her first run back and you know the main target is on the first Sunday in October. She’s showing her enjoyment in training and her eagerness. I couldn’t be more happy with her work on Saturday,” an observation confirmed subsequently by her very high class exercise rider, Frankie Dettori.
The expected good-to-firm ground will be to her liking.
To get the Eclipse job done, Gosden will have to defeat rivals trained by two other legendary Europeans. Sir Michael Stoute will enter a pair. Aidan O’Brien will start five, including Circus Maximus, winner of the Gr1 St. James’s Palace Stakes at the recently concluded Royal Ascot meet.
Enable has been installed an early 5-4 favorite. A tasty Saturday morning brunch prior to Belmont Park’s Turf Festival later that afternoon.