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Frankie Dettori: Enable "up for it" ahead of September Stakes mission

By Andy Stephens@StevoGG
Fri 4 Sep 2020

Enable will be expected to win in a canter when she has what it is likely to be her final run in Britain in the Unibet September Stakes at Kempton on Saturday.

The outstanding mare chalked up the eleventh Group One win of her career when becoming the first horse to win three renewals of the King George And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes at Ascot last month.

She drops in class as her connections seek the perfect build-up towards her trying to make more history with a third successive triumph in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Paris Longchamp on October 4.

Dettori gave Nick Lightfoot the latest news about Enable at Chelmsford on Thursday evening

Frankie Dettori, her regular rider, returned from a spell in quarantine after riding in France with a winner at Chelmsford on Thursday evening, and is keenly anticipating the weekend.

He told Racing TV viewers: "I rode her on Wednesday - in the morning I had Stradivarius first lot and Enable second lot. One is rated 125 (Stradivarius) and one is rated 128 (Enable), so it wasn't a bad morning! They are both in good fettle.

"She just did a routine solo gallop and she feels up for it - if everything goes well we've got four weeks to the Arc and we'll have a crack at it.

"She seems focused and just to get her in a horse box and to go racing - I know there's no crowd, but it's something different and gets her blood pumping and it gets her closer to being as good as we can for the Arc.

"John is a master at that and that was always the plan."

Enable was an emphatic winner of the September Stakes two years ago en route to glory in Paris. On that occasion she had to master another top-class rival in Crystal Ocean but this time the opposition lacks such a class act and she is a general 1-5 to oblige.

So who is Enable up against – and what kind of victory should we expect? Here is a guide to her six rivals.

2. ALMANIA

Official Rating: 97. Sponsor's odds: 28-1

It has been two years since his sole victory, in a maiden at Sandown, for all that he has run a number of solid races in good handicaps. This trip seems a bare minimum for him and his connections are also reaching for first-time blinkers. He will also be carrying the second colours of his owners, who also run Tinandali.

3. FOX TAL

Official Rating: 108. Odds: 10-1

This promised to be a big season for him after his fine fourth in the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot in October but he has not fired in his three races this term. He’s unproven over this far, or on the all-weather, and it’s difficult to see him giving Enable much to worry about in his present form.

Flashback: We caught up with the connections of Enable about this time last year. Watch what they had to say

4. PRINCE OF ARRAN

Official Rating: 113. Odds: 7-1

He’s been a fabulous flagbearer for his yard and is using this as a stepping stone towards another tilt at the Melbourne Cup, a race he has been placed in for the past two years. He didn’t stay in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot last time but is a three-time winner at Kempton and was a good third in this race last year. The seven-year-old looks the obvious one to chase Enable home.

5. TINANDALI

Official Rating: 102. Odds: 25-1

I’d imagine Tinandali features in a few Trackers because he has been an eye-catcher in several good handicaps this year. However, he has plenty on his plate on these terms - Enable is rated 26lb superior - and he made little impression in a Group Three contest at Windsor last time, albeit the heavy ground might not have suited him.

6. KIRSTENBOSCH

Official Rating: 98. Odds: 33-1

Has evidently not been easy to train since winning at Redcar and Chelmsford in the first half of last year but shaped encouragingly on her first run for more than a year when fourth to Alpinista in Listed company at Salisbury last month. This step up in trip promises to suit and her connections would no doubt be delighted if she can sneak a place.

7. PUNTING

Official Rating: 80. Odds: 80-1

It cost £560 to enter and his connections are guaranteed £756 if he comopletes, so it’s a case of nothing venture, nothing gained. She’s a progressive filly who probably ran as well as she has ever done when runner-up at Leicester last time but, with an official rating of 80, she has a mountain to climb.

So, all things considered, Saturday's race should be a formality for Enable, who is simply on a different plane to her six rivals.

There are no habitual front-runners in the line-up so do not be surprised if Dettori allows her to dominate, as she did when winning this prize in 2018.

Dettori will want her to effectively have a good piece of work and is likely to invite her to put things to bed between three out and two out.

Bookmakers will no doubt be betting on her winning distance and a wide-margin victory looks on the cards, even if Dettori takes things relatively easy in the closing stages.

I'll be looking to back her to win by at least four lengths. SkyBet offer 10-11, plus 7-2 that she will do so in a time below that of two years ago, when she had 7lb less to carry but was returning from 11 months off.

Prince Of Arran is the obvious one to chase her home. Boylesports quote that at 11-8.

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