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John Gosden: Enable is in great form to "attempt the impossible" in Arc

By Andy Stephens@StevoGG
Sat 19 Sep 2020

John Gosden has confirmed that Enable and Stradivarius are on course to meet on a racecourse for the first time in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in 15 days’ time.

Between them, the pair have won 31 of their 42 races and, including bonuses, scooped more than £15 million in prize-money. Eighteen of their victories have been in Group One contests.

The champion trainer gave an update on his stable stars during the first virtual Henry Cecil Open Weekend, taking place this Saturday and Sunday. Click here for more details and to watch Gosden speaking about his horses in the video section..

The Newmarket handler is one of many of the town’s top trainers to feature as part of the online offering. Viewers can also enjoy free-to-view stable tours with William Haggas, James Fanshawe, Charlie Appleby, Hugo Palmer, Amy Murphy, and many more, throughout the weekend on their website.

There is also behind the scenes action from some of Newmarket’s finest equine sites, including Rossdales Veterinary Surgeons and the British Racing School, while the hugely popular Clipper Logistics Show Jumping Competition and Al Shaqab RoR Hacks Class return.

The Henry Cecil Open Weekend is raising money for Racing Welfare, the British Racing School and the Racing Centre. For more information, video tours, and to donate visit the website by clicking here.

Here is what Gosden had to say about some of his leading lights.

ENABLE

 Enable has taken her Kempton exertions in her stride (Pic: Focusonracing)
Enable has taken her Kempton exertions in her stride (Pic: Focusonracing)

Enable is very happy and well. She has been fine since the race at Kempton, the Unibet September Stakes. She enjoyed that outing. It’s [the Arc] a massive task, a big mountain to climb again. If it had gone quite right last year, she obviously wouldn’t be trying to do it this year.

It looks a fantastic race, Aidan O’Brien is fielding a wonderful filly in Love, who naturally being a three-year-old gets all the weight, which Enable benefited from when she won as a three year old, and there are some great older horses.

It is very exciting. At the moment it will be fast ground, we will see what the weather does, she would like to get her toe in a little bit. She is in great form to attempt the impossible. Frankie will hopefully be here next week to ride her in some work and help bring her up to the race.

STRADIVARIUS

 Anthony Van Dyck, left, edges out Stradivarius (Focusonarcing)
Anthony Van Dyck, left, edges out Stradivarius (Focusonarcing)

In the Prix Foy [last time], Mickael Barzalona was riding Anthony Van Dyke and he went nice gentle fractions. In the French trials they do not like to overdo them, they come into the straight and then kick. I thought for a two-and-a-half-mile Ascot Gold Cup winner he showed great acceleration down the straight. The other horses behind never got to them. I thought both horses ran lovely races and he came up a neck short. I could not have been happier with him.

PALACE PIER

 Palace Pier will put his unbeaten record on the line at Ascot next month (focusonracing)
Palace Pier will put his unbeaten record on the line at Ascot next month (focusonracing)

We are very much looking at the QEII on QIPCO British Champions Day.

We were very happy with the Jacques le Marois. We wanted that straight mile for him. They did have an excessive amount of rain, so it was very soft, but he handled it well. The form then got franked strongly in the Prix du Moulin. It was always the plan to go to the QEII and we will stick with it. He is certainly giving us all the right signs at the moment.

There is a strong possibility that he stays in training as a four-year-old, in which case it will probably be his last run of the season as we are getting deep into October. I didn’t really want to be whizzing him off to Hong Kong or America at this stage, maybe we will do that sort of thing next year. Hopefully he runs a big race in the QEII, and we will be waiting to run him again as a four-year-old.

LOGICIAN

 Logician was fighting for his life over the winter (Focusonracing)
Logician was fighting for his life over the winter (Focusonracing)

He had peritonitis, which is the most desperate thing - the Newmarket Equine Hospital saved his life. He came back - it was a two horse conditions race, but what a lovely way to come back at Doncaster, where he had won the St Leger the year before. He took the race well.

I don’t think we will try and do anything too flash this autumn. I think if we stay sensible, something like the Group 3 Cumberland Lodge Stakes at Ascot. Try and nurse him back up the ladder a little bit, then hope that he will be in good order for next year.

MISHRIFF

 Mishriff is heading for the QIPCO Champion Stakes (Focusonracing)
Mishriff is heading for the QIPCO Champion Stakes (Focusonracing)

We thought about the Arc. We looked at the pedigree and to me, he is not fully furnished and strengthened yet. He is still improving and the Arc at this stage of his career could do more harm than good.

We decided we will stay at a mile and a quarter and he will be going to the Champion Stakes on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot. I’d expect him to put up a pretty big show.

For the full interview, with further updates on Lord North and Nazeef, click here.

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