John Gosden: Enable ready to put in a ‘big, bold effort’ in Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

Frankie Dettori celebrates Enable’s record third win in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes at Ascot. (Pic: Courtesy of Ascot Racecourse).

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JOHN Gosden has said Enable is ready to put in a ‘big, bold effort’ at Longchamp on Sunday where she targets a record third win in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

Winner of the 2017 and 2018 Arc’s, Enable narrowly failed to create history last year as the first three-time winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe when second to Waldgeist.

Connections opted to keep her in training and after finishing second in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on her seasonal debut, were rewarded with a record third win in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes at Ascot.

The six-year-old followed up with a seven-length victory in the 12-furlong, Group 3, Unibet September Stakes; a race she won in 2018, before narrowly prevailing in the Arc four weeks later.

The success was her 15th in 18 starts, boosting the daughter of Nathaniel’s winnings to £10.7 million and Gosden has given an upbeat report on the well-being of his stable star.

“I think she’s found it [this season] more difficult – she’s older and bigger and heavier and getting to race fitness. Gosden said.

“I went gently at it, it was a struggle though and when I ran her in the Eclipse, I was very clear with everyone beforehand that the race would put her right.

“She went there at 80% and the race did put her right – she went and won the King George.

“She’s been in good form since, she had a nice breeze round in the September Stakes, nothing too taxing for her because the Arc has been the target all year.

“She’s happy and well in herself. Frankie breezed her on the round gallop on the Limekilns on Saturday and he was very pleased with her so look, we’re here and hope we’ll get there on the day,” the Newmarket trainer told Paddy Power Media’s new podcast, From The Horse’s Mouth.

“It’s still a few days to go and she’s ready to put in a big, bold effort. We’re perfectly aware how tough the race is and we’re perfectly aware how tough the opposition is.”

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