The curtain has come down on Enable’s glittering career after connections opted against having one final start and retired the wonder mare with immediate effect on Monday.
Khalid Abdullah’s hugely popular six-year-old, winner of 11 races at the highest level, secured her legacy as one of racing’s brightest stars with back-to-back victories in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and a record three wins in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.
Trainer John Gosden said on Monday: “Enable has retired happy and sound after an extraordinary career. We all here at Clarehaven Stables have been very fortunate to be with her for the past five years and to appreciate her strong character and athletic prowess.
“Her daily presence has been a joy and her record in Group 1s including four Oaks, three King Georges, two Arcs, an Eclipse and a Breeders’ Cup Turf is a marvel and unprecedented. We look forward to visiting her nearby in her new career.”
Enable helped rejuvenate the career of 49-year-old riding legend Frankie Dettori with the jockey describing his bond with the mare as stronger than any other horse he has ridden.
For the second successive year, Enable failed in her bid for a historic third success in the Arc this month when finishing sixth at Longchamp on desperate ground.
With her whole season built around the Arc, it was expected that she would bow out in Paris but afterwards connections left the door ajar for one final appearance.
Gosden said the final decision would be made by Abdullah and on Monday the leading owner’s Juddmonte operation announced Enable would be retired immediately.
Juddmonte CEO Douglas Erskine Crum said: “After consulting her trainer John Gosden and his racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe, Prince Khalid has decided that Enable will be retired from racing and will now join the Juddmonte broodmare band to be covered by Kingman in 2021.”
Grimthorpe added: “She has brought so much joy to everyone who has been involved with her. Her elegance and forceful personality have been nurtured by John and his team at Clarehaven, especially by Imran [Shahwani] who has looked after her with such calm and devotion.
“In her, Frankie found a willing partner to execute her ability on the racecourse. Her CV withstands the closest of inspections, very few can match what she has given to racing.”