Enable claims an unprecedented third victory in the third victory of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth over Ascot
- Enable has officially won King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes for the third time
- The race star was the 4-9 favorite to win her third King George this weekend
- Driven by Frankie Dettori, Enable passed the post five and a half feet further
Frankie Dettori said the dream of winning a third Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe at Enable in Longchamp back in October is still alive after she made history by becoming the first horse the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes yesterday won in Ascot.
Victory in Britain’s most prestigious 1.5-mile race was yet another milestone for the six-year-old mare, who has now won 11 group races, one more than the mighty Frankel.
Enable’s five and a half victory over Irish Derby winner Sovereign of 2019 also allowed Dettori to level up with Lester Piggott on a record seven wins in Qipco-sponsored King George.
Racing star Enable has officially won King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes for the third time
But the only reason Enable raced at Ascot yesterday and isn’t already pregnant at owner Khaled Abdullah’s stud is because she was beaten a length and three-quarters by Waldgeist last year when she went for her third Arc win last year.
It was a defeat that both Dettori and Enable’s trainer, John Gosden, believed it was their job to mis-test their tactics on the test ground. A mistake they want to correct.
Enable’s comeback defeat behind race-fit Ghaiyyath at the Eclipse Stakes would have been understandable, but even champions must prove they didn’t lose the winning habit and a defeat yesterday would have been a third for Enable.
It never looked like Dettori produced the mare in style to reduce Sovereign’s lead on the straight before a glance over his shoulder showed him his alleged great danger that Japan was already in trouble under Ryan Moore.
Driven by Frankie Dettori, Enable passed the post five and a half minutes ahead of the rest
The racing star was the 4-9 favorite to win her third King George, but faced competition from Aidan O’Brien’s pair Japan and Sovereign
Dettori said, “If she showed any sign of weakness, going to the Arc wouldn’t happen. She showed that she is still very competitive. Three King Georges is great, but we want to win a third Arc. We got so close last year.
“We are back on track. If she finished third today, you would have said you had to drop the idea and you were going to go stud. But you should be happy with such a performance.
“She’s the same. She is not getting better, but her enthusiasm during the race was clearly visible. ‘
After losing Arc favoritism to Aidan O’Brien’s 1,000 Guineas and Oaks winner Love, Enable is now back as an 11-4 favorite with Coral. Her Arc rivals may be last year’s third Sottsass, her stable mate Mishriff after his French Derby win this month and Ghaiyyath.
But Dettori, who was not astonished at the moment on a crowd of Ascot, knowing he may only have two races left on Enable, added: “With this kind of performance, you think we are still working on a shot. Today she was like a hot knife through butter. It’s a great feeling. ‘
With Anthony Van Dyck a non-runner, only the two Aidan O’Brien-trained rivals lined up against Enable and Japan, which was beaten over 16 lengths, was a bitter disappointment as his trainer had the two-time Group One winner spoken who was only one head behind Enable when he finished third in the Eclipse.
Gosden described Enable’s performance as ‘imperious’.
The trainer added: ‘Enable had trained beautifully for this race. I made it very clear to everyone that she was not properly adjusted for the Eclipse, but the race set her right. I told Frankie to ride on her with a lot of confidence. She is completely fine again, no doubt about that. ‘
York is now beckoning next month and the last time Enable is likely to race on British soil.
Trying to win a second Yorkshire Oaks can mean a clash with Love. Falling back a mile to the Juddmonte International Stakes means a re-match with Ghaiyyath.
There is no easy option, but only one ultimate large target.