Gos­den rules out York for En­able as fo­cus turns to Arc swan­song

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Racing - By Jon Lees

John Gos­den put win­ning an un­prece­dented third Prix de l’Arc de Tri­om­phe with En­able ahead of all else yes­ter­day as the world’s best race­horse was ruled out of a muchan­tic­i­pated visit to York next week to wait in­stead for a race on Kempton’s all-weather track on Sept 5.

By spurn­ing her 2017 and 2019 route to the Arc, via the Group One York­shire Oaks, where En­able faced an an­tic­i­pated clash with Love, Ai­dan O’Brien’s 1,000 Guineas and Oaks win­ner, con­nec­tions have cho­sen the 2018 blue­print.

That year, En­able won the Arc af­ter con­test­ing the Group Three Septem­ber Stakes on Kempton’s Poly­track sur­face.

En­able’s quest for a third Arc last year nar­rowly failed when she was caught 50 yards from the line by Waldgeist. This year, the six-yearold has fin­ished sec­ond in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes and then clinched a record-break­ing third tri­umph in the King Ge­orge VI and Queen El­iz­a­beth Stakes at As­cot.

Gos­den wants to fol­low a sim­i­lar tem­plate to get the mare to Longchamp

on Oct 4 in the best pos­si­ble shape, for what will prob­a­bly be the fi­nal start of her ca­reer.

“The Eclipse, three weeks be­fore the King Ge­orge, was per­fect tim­ing as a prep race,” Gos­den said. “The York­shire Oaks at over six weeks be­fore the Arc does not suit nearly so well as the Septem­ber Stakes.

“We have suc­cess­fully used this be­fore as a prep race in 2018. We did not wish to travel to Longchamp three weeks be­fore the Arc for the tra­di­tional French tri­als. We only wished to run her once be­fore the Arc and the at­tempt to win a third Arc is the only rea­son she stayed in train­ing this year. Hence this plan.”

En­able has won 14 of her 17 starts and her prize-money haul of £10.7 mil­lion is a record for a filly or mare in Europe. She had been 6-4 with Wil­liam Hill for the York­shire Oaks, with her younger ri­val Love a 4-5 chance.

Teddy Grimthorpe, rac­ing man­ager to owner Khalid Ab­dul­lah, said: “This is about tim­ing and try­ing to do ab­so­lutely the right thing to get her to the Arc in as good a con­di­tion as we can. Three or four weeks is a good prepa­ra­tion time.”

Grimthorpe said Fran­co­nia, a dual Listed win­ner nowhere near in the same league as En­able, could stand in for her sta­ble­mate in the York­shire Oaks if con­nec­tions re­sist the op­tion of the Group Three Prix Min­erve at Deauville on Sun­day.

Fa­mil­iar route: En­able wins the Septem­ber Stakes in 2018 be­fore her sec­ond Arc tri­umph

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