ENABLE AND FRANKIE DETTORI
Racing Post: Enable far too good for three opponents in Group 1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks at York on Thursday in final race on British soil.
Enable, the sweetheart of British racing, became just the third horse to win the Group 1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks twice when she bowed out on domestic turf with another ready success under Frankie Dettori.
Taking her record to 13 victories from 14 races, and notching over £9.5million in prize-money in the process, Enable readily shook off market rival Magical in what was her second-last performance on the track before probable retirement.
The Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on 6 October is set to be Enable’s last run and she will likely be sent off a short-priced favourite for the French showpiece event, in which she bids to record a historic third consecutive victory.
Paddy Power cut her to 4-5 favourite (from 10-11) for the Longchamp showpiece event.
An emotional Dettori, who again treated onlookers to a flying dismount, said: “I’m really tearful because this is the last day she will be running in England – it’s special. I’m emotional because she’s so good. She’s amazing and the turnout is fantastic.”
Trainer John Gosden said: “It was a gorgeous performance and there was no point of taking her back as she’s quick from the gates. He (Dettori) said she really quickened the last two furlongs, she really turned it on.
“She likes her training and she likes her racing. I’m glad we have brought her here, it was a lovely prep (for the Arc) and we couldn’t be more pleased with her.
“She has this amazing, competitive mind – if you were married to her you would have to listen. She is a great filly, great constitution and we started life out at Newcastle and she’s done nothing but pleased. I’ve seen some wonderful racemares in my time and she’s one of those.”
Sent off at 1-4, the shortest starting price in her career, Enable was sent straight into the lead by Dettori after a flying break and took her three rivals along at a comfortable pace before moving through the gears at the top of the straight.
Enable was briefly joined on either side by Magical and Lah Ti Dar with just over 400m to go, but shook off her rivals with consummate ease and romped home to an easy 2.75-length victory.
Gosden added: “She had a battle in the King George, Frankie wasn’t hard on her though, and today she showed her class against the fillies. Now you’ve got a big old mountain to climb in the Arc.
“If she goes back to her three-year-old form, as you saw today, she is mighty tough to beat. But watch out for the three-year-olds as they’re getting the weight.”
Magical picked up just over £91,000 for finishing a creditable second, while Lah Ti Dah came home in third under William Buick and South Sea Pearl trailed in last. – Racingpost.com