Gosden's Enable to race in the Yorkshire Oaks in preparation for Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

John Gosden’s Enable to race in the Yorkshire Oaks in preparation for October’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

  • The five-year-old mare has won her last 11 races – all ridden by Frankie Dettori
  • Enable will be seeking an unprecedented third victory in Paris on October 6
  • Last year Dettori rode Enable to victory in France – his sixth victory in the Arc 

Enable has been given the green light to run in the Yorkshire Oaks at York’s Ebor meeting on August 22.

Enable’s titanic struggle when defeating Crystal Ocean in last week’s mile-and-a-half King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes had left trainer John Gosden questioning whether running at the Ebor Meeting was advisable given the main objective of the mare’s season is trying to win an unprecedented third Prix De L’Arc de Triomphe in October.

Gosden had the option of giving Enable, who won the mile and quarter Eclipse Stakes on her seasonal comeback, a break from racing to freshen her up for her Autumn target.

John Gosden’s Enable will race in the Yorkshire Oaks at York’s Ebor Festival on August 22

Gosden has opted to run in mile and a half Yorkshire Oaks in what could be Enable’s last appearance on British soil rather than the potentially hotter and two-furlongs shorter Juddmonte International Stakes run at York 24 hours earlier.

Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager to Enable’s owner Khaled Abdullah, said: ‘As we know her main aim is the Arc. We know she is effective over a miler and quarter but John didn’t want to bring her back in distance again.

‘We thought the Yorkshire Oaks would be a more suitable race bearing in mind her main objective.

‘She has come out of the King George very well which is why John wants to run her before the Arc.’

Enable won the Yorkshire Oaks in 2017 en route to her first Arc win.

Gosden has an amazing bunch of fillies as well as Enable, including Coronet, Mehdaayih, Star Catcher, Lah Ti Dar and Oaks winner Anapurna, who has also been mentioned as a Yorkshire Oaks possible.

To them can now be added the imposing Enbihaar, who won yesterday’s Group Two Lillie Langtry Stakes at Glorious Goodwood by five lengths from Manuela De Vega.

The Group Two Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster’s St Leger meeting and even the Group One Irish Leger could come into calculations.

Enbihaar carries the colours of Sheik Hamdan Al Maktoum which were also sported by equally impressive two-and-three-quarter-length Charlie Hills-trained Stewards’ Cup winner Khaadem.

The Jim Crowley-ridden winner, available at 16-1 earlier in the week but backed into 4-1 favouritism, already looks a group-race class act and that will be tested in next month’s Group One Haydock Sprint Cup.

Hills, who made it four Glorious Goodwood winners for the week when debutant two-year-old Persuasive won, said: ‘I think he could end up being a top-notch horse.’


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