ENABLE’s stroll through the midsummer Group One racing programme continued with a five-length win at York on Thursday, and it is increasingly difficult to see it leading anywhere but the winner’s enclosure after the Arc.
John Gosden’s filly made all the running to win the Yorkshire Oaks with any amount to spare, and is now a general even-money chance for Europe’s most prestigious race on 1 October.
The field lined up against Enable at Chantilly will be much deeper than the five opponents she dispatched at odds of 1-4 here, but as a three-year-old filly she will get a valuable weight allowance from colts and older horses as she attempts to become the sixth filly to win in the past seven seasons.
The two three-year-olds in that sequence – Treve in 2013 and Danedream two years earlier – both finished five lengths clear of their fields. In her current form, Enable looks more than capable of doing something similar in five-and-a-half weeks’ time.
“She got a bit bored in the end,” Frankie Dettori, Enable’s jockey, said. “I pushed her out, but I felt I had something left if someone had come to me. She likes to have a fight on her hands; unfortunately today there was no fight and we had to do her own thing. She goes there [to the Arc] with a favourite’s chance and the weight allowance. She has won four Group Ones in a row by five lengths and you can’t ask for more than that.”
Gosden also felt that a stronger field would have brought an even better performance from his filly. “There was no obvious pace [in the race] so I said to Frankie that he could do his own thing,” the trainer said.
Gosden waited a long time to win his first Arc with Golden Horn, but is now effectively an odds-on chance to take his second in three years since Cracksman, the impressive winner of the Great Voltigeur Stakes on Wednesday, is the second-favourite for this year’s race at 10-1.
-Extracts from The Guardian.
Pic: Irish Times.