Can Anything Stop Super Mare Enable in Her Bid for a Third Arc?


"Horse Racing at Longchamp" by Copyleft (CC BY-SA 3.0)

  The five-year-old mare Enable made her eagerly anticipated return to the track recently in the UK, and came back in winning form as she beat her rivals in the Coral Eclipse by just under a length. The win was her first run of the season, and her 10th in a row, while also being her 11th win from 12 career starts.
The decision to bring Enable back racing this season was one that was greeted with delight from the racing public, though questions were asked as to whether this was the right thing to do or not. She has nothing to prove, and nothing else to win that would further enhance her breeding potential. There is also the important note here that her owners also own Frankel, regarded as the best racehorse in recent years, and a date in the breeding barn between those two would create a foal that was of course highly valued and sought after. By keeping her on the race track, they are taking away one year of her breeding career.
However, on the track when she returned she looked as good as ever, despite racing a little keenly on her first run since November 2018. That didn’t stop her and she held Magical, who was pushing her towards the end of the race, at bay to keep her winning run intact.
This was a good field and one that she put away with relative ease, despite the distance going against her and it being her first run of the season. She had previous Group One winners behind her, and they never really threatened to get close. Although it was her first run of the season, she has posted a very good effort and shown that her ability is all still there. That was one slight question mark that a few people had over her coming into what will be her fourth season in training, but based on what we saw at Sandown, she is taking it all in her stride.

"Enable's Jockey Frankie Dettori" by Paul Friel (CC BY-SA 2.0)  

What’s Next for Enable?

We know that the final target for Enable will be the Arc at Longchamp, a race she is trying to win for the third consecutive year. What will happen to her between now and then? Depending on how she came out of the race at Sandown, there is a chance that her next run could come towards the end of July at Ascot in the King George. That race is over her preferred distance of 1m4f and one that she has won before back in 2017, when she beat Ulysses by four and a half lengths. The latest Oddchecker odds show that Enable is 8/11 to win the Ascot showpiece at the end of July, and she will no doubt shorten further if she is confirmed for the race.
Another possibility would be the Yorkshire Oaks at York at the end of August, and this is another race she has won in the past. The Juddmonte International at the same meeting could also be on the agenda, although with that race over 1m2f, it seems likely that the Yorkshire Oaks would be the preferred race out of those two.
Assuming she comes out of the Eclipse well, running in both of the above races could be her route to Longchamp at the beginning of October for the Arc. However, if she needs a little time to recover then it would be no surprise to see her put away and left until the Yorkshire Oaks, leaving her a two-month gap between the Eclipse and the Yorkshire Oaks, followed by a gap of around six weeks between the Yorkshire Oaks and the Arc at Longchamp.
Wherever she goes, one thing is for sure and that is that this season will be the final time we see Enable on a racetrack. She will then move onto the second part of her career, which will be in the breeding barn. Excitement is already building for that, and no doubt the first stallion to cover her will be Frankel, which brings together two of the most exciting horses we have seen over the past decade.