Superstar mare Enable will stay in training next season, owner Khalid Abdullah has announced.
The five-year-old came up short in her bid for a historic third Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe earlier this month, but Abdullah has decided to race on with her next year, with another crack at that race a possible target.
In a statement, Abdullah’s racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe said: “Prince Khalid has decided to keep Enable in training for 2020.
“She has come out of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in good form and will not race again this year.
“Her racing programme will be determined entirely on her well being, so no racing plans will be announced at this stage. The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe remains an important target.”
Frankie Dettori described himself as “absolutely buzzing” after the announcement.
Dettori admitted he shed a tear after she came up just short in her attempt to win the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe for a third time, being beaten just under two lengths by Waldgeist earlier this month.
Owner Khalid Abdullah has taken the bold decision to keep Enable in training with John Gosden as a six-year-old and Dettori hopes his regular partner can have another crack at a record-breaking Arc hat-trick.
My girl is staying in training for next year. I can’t wait. Come on enable😘😘😘 pic.twitter.com/IoQ2bQ10Vy— Frankie Dettori (@FrankieDettori) October 15, 2019
“It’s amazing news as she is the world’s favourite horse. To have one more year with my special girl is amazing,” Dettori said.
“The decision about keeping her in training was out of my hands, so to hear this news is fantastic.
“The other Sunday would have been the last time I would have been able to ride her, so I am glad that they have made this decision.
“I can’t wait to sit back on her again on the racetrack next year.
“I’m absolutely buzzing about this. To me she has been the horse of a lifetime and to have one more year is wonderful.
“If we can get her to the Arc again next year and try to claim that record-breaking third win in the race, it would be brilliant.”
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