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ENABLE is pleasing trainer John Gosden ahead of the Darley Yorkshire Oaks at York next week which she contests ahead of her attempt at a record third Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe victory.
The champion mare this season continued her dominance by winning the Group 1 Coral Eclipse Stakes at Sandown on her comeback in early July, the victory all the more impressive as it was her first start since winning the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Churchill Downs in November.
The five-year-old followed up with a second victory in the £1 million Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes on July 27 to extend her sublime record to 12 wins from 13 starts and over £9 million in prize money.
“We are pointing at the Yorkshire Oaks – we were keen to stay at a mile and a half, rather than coming back in trip again – and obviously trying to use it as a springboard to the Arc,” Gosden said.
“She has had a nice easy time since the King George. She just did a breeze on her own with Frankie (Dettori) on her on Saturday – into a strong headwind, so they just did a nice quiet bit.
“She’ll pick up again in her work this week, but she is out there enjoying herself, looking well and moving nicely.
“She’s a lovely filly, obviously, and she has done extremely well this year. 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 on the (Newmarket) Heath. So we are very lucky to have a filly like that in the stables.
“Obviously it comes with plenty of responsibility, but all being well we’ll be there next Thursday with her. She has been to York before. The crowd were thrilled to see her last time she was there when she came after the King George.”
In other news Gosden revealed that he may also run Group 2 winner La Ti Dar in the £350,000 contest,” RacingTV report.
“The owner-breeders are very keen to run her – they’ve been wanting to run her in the race all year, so I’m sure that’s where she’ll probably be going,” the trainer said. “She is training nicely.”
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