Enable faces ‘tall order’ trying to reclaim King George crown

Mon 22 Jul 2019
 Enable and Dettori return after winning the Eclipse at sandown this month (Focusonracing)
Enable and Dettori return after winning the Eclipse at sandown this month (Focusonracing)

John Gosden reports Enable in prime condition as he prepares the brilliant mare for the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot.

Enable will bid to become only the third horse to win the mid-summer showpiece twice.

While Dahlia (1973-74) and Swain (1997-98) were successful in consecutive years, Gosden’s dual Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe heroine has to regain the crown she earned in brilliant fashion in 2017 – because she was not ready to defend last July.

Enable is firmly on course for Saturday’s mile-and-a-half feature this time, however, after making a scintillating seasonal debut in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown earlier this month.

Gosden has been delighted with her in the relatively short time since that race.

Speaking at a press morning at Newmarket, the trainer said: “At Sandown I thought she ran a lovely race.

“Frankie (Dettori) popped himself in the correct position, and she probably won with a little bit in hand.

“The Eclipse is close enough, but you are getting three weeks. We’ve been pleased with her since then, and she has just done routine work.

“She worked on Saturday with Frankie on her. We were going to go on the grass – but we didn’t get enough rain, so we breezed on the all-weather.

“She seems happy and well for what is a tall order.”

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