|Monday 19th October 2020|
Enable's Career Highlights
Having been foaled on the 12th February 2014, owner Khalid Abdullah was expecting big things of Enable and she certainly delivered. During a hugely successful career which ran from November 2016 to October 2020, Enable ran nineteen times, winning fifteen races. Eleven of those victories came at Group One level but what were the major highlights of Enable’s career?
Much like the best online casinos, you always knew exactly what you were going to get from Enable and that was a quality performance. Rarely did she let her owner, jockey, or punters down and having won her maiden race over one mile at Newcastle Racecourse in November 2016 as a two year old, 2017 was set to be something special for Enable.
Following a few victories in the spring and early summer of 2017, the first major success of Enable’s career came in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot Racecourse. By this point, Enable was strongly fancied in almost every race she entered and started this one as the 5/4 favourite with the bookmakers. Enable lived up to the billing and came home four and a half lengths clear of second place Ulysses.
Moving into the autumn of 2017 and the most prestigious weight-for-age race in Europe, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Again, Enable started the race as the bookies favourite and did not disappoint. Having spent much of the race in third place, Enable took the lead in the straight, and went clear of the field to win by two and a half lengths. Following the race in October, Enable was named the Champion Three-year-old Filly and Horse of the Year for 2017 at the Cartier Racing Awards. The Horse of the Year Award was something she went on to win again in 2019, making Enable the most successful in the history of the award along with Ouija Board and Frankel.
Having suffered a setback in training at the beginning of 2018, Enable returned to top level action at the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe as she aimed to defend the title won the previous year. Having won the race by a short neck from Sea of Class, Enable become the first horse trained in England to win the race for a second time and only the eighth horse in the history of the event to complete the feat.
She then became the first horse to win the Breeders' Cup Turf at Churchill Downs having won the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in the same year.
Into 2019 and Enable tasted yet more success at the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and became the first horse to win the race three times in 2020. All three of the victories were with Frankie Dettori onboard and the pair enjoyed a special relationship until it was announced Enable would retire from racing on the 12th October 2020.
Khalid Abdullah's racing manager, Teddy Beckett said, “Her daily presence has been a joy and her record in Group Ones including four Oaks, three King Georges, two Arcs, an Eclipse and a Breeders' Cup Turf is a marvel and unprecedented.”