Enable Completes Oaks Double
Mark Smith - Sunday, 16 July 2017

Juddmonte Farm's Enable became the first filly to complete the English-Irish Oaks double since Snow Fairy seven years ago when toying with her rivals at The Curragh on Saturday.

Ridden by Frankie Dettori, the daughter of Nathaniel was loping behind the leader Bengala into the home straight and once Dettori asked for an effort the response was immediate.

The further they went the further Enable pulled away. When the judge called a halt, Enable had put a five and a half-length margin on the runner-up Rain Goddess (Galileo) with another two lengths back to Eziyra (Teofilo) in third.


Celebrating his fourth win in the race Dettori said: "I think she's improved since Epsom. She travelled real good and I was always in second gear. I gave her a backhander and she flew. I was able to give my shoulder a rest in the last 100 yards and ease our way to the line. She felt great.

"She's amazing. She's got a good cruising speed for a stayer, she can quicken and she gets the distance really well. They're all the things you want.

"She doesn't do much at home and it's very hard to gauge her, but we know she's good. As long as she travels, her well-being is good and she produces performances like that, we don't have to worry too much."

For winning trainer John Gosden it was a second win in the race, after Great Heavens in 2012, and for owner Khalid Abdullah a third after Wemyss Bight in 1993 and Bolas in 1994.

"She did it very well. I thought John Oxx's filly (Bengala) made a nice, sensible gallop and Frankie was able to get a lead into the straight," Gosden told Sporting Life.

"She quickens and she stays well. We couldn't be more pleased with her. She's probably come on a little from Epsom.

"She's got tactical speed and a great temperament. She's always been a lovely filly to be around from the day she walked in the stables.

"It's good to have Frankie back after his annoying injury, but the flying dismount was in good order!"

On the filly's immediate future Gosden said: "The King George is an option. She has got a little bit of a cut on her near hind, so we'll have to see how that is.

"She's in the Yorkshire Oaks and there's the Arc de Triomphe, so we'll see. As usual, the horse will always tell you."

Enable has won four of her five starts to date.

A winner on the all-weather at Newcastle at her only start at two, the daughter of Nathanial suffered her only defeat at her seasonal debut in a 10 furlongs conditions race at Newbury before winning the Cheshire Oaks.

She then gave Group I winner Rhododendron a five length thrashing in the Oaks at Epsom.

From the first crop of Galileo's King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Eclipse Stakes winner Nathaniel, Enable is out of the stakes winning Sadler's Wells mare Concentric who is a sister to Group II Prix de Royallieu winner Dance Routine the dam of Khalid Abdullah's marvellous world traveller Flintshire (Dansili). 

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