So You Want to Breed a Stayer?

Tara Madgwick - Wednesday October 4
Let's take a look at the pedigree of the best three year-old filly in the world Enable.

With seven wins from eight starts, the Juddmonte Farms homebred Enable has been in a class of her own in Europe this year winning the Epsom, Irish and Yorkshire Oaks as well as the Ascot King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes and last weekend the Arc de Triomphe.

With a pedigree featuring a close up 3 x 2 double cross of Sadler's Wells, Enable is the best of three winners from stakes-winning Sadler's Wells mare Concentric and is from the first crop of Galileo's Group I winning son Nathaniel.

Very much a late maturing staying son of Galileo, who posted four wins from 2000 to 2400 metres, Nathaniel stands at Newsells Park at a fee of 17,500 pounds.

Nathaniel notably started his career with a debut half length second to another Galileo son in Frankel when finishing second to that horse in a one mile two year old maiden at Newmarket on August 13, 2010.

While Frankel continued throughout his career over the next two years to retire an unbeaten world champion, Nathaniel was more of a slow burn quite achiever, but nevertheless claimed Group I wins in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at three and then the Coral Eclipse Stakes at four.

NathanielInterestingly he closed his career with another placing behind Frankel, finishing third to him in the Qipco Champions Stakes at Ascot.

While Frankel clearly had the advantage over Nathaniel on the racetrack, the latter colt has now turned the tables on his rival to be the first sire an English classic winner!

Frankel may have more stakes-winners on the board than Nathaniel, but none of them can hold a candle to Enable.

For those considering a close up double cross of a champion sire in their matings this season, Enable's pedigree is well worth closer inspection given she is the best by a long margin of 65 stakes-winners worldwide to carry a double cross of Sadler's Wells.

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