Hanging up the hoofs: A look at Enable’s biggest victories as the iconic horse is retired

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Following a poor showing at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe earlier this month, it has been announced that Enable, who was one of the front-runners in the horse racing betting to win the historic Paris race for the third time, will be retired. The wet ground ruined her chances at Longchamp, and legendary flat jockey Frankie Dettori, who built a close relationship with Enable over the years, admitted that he cried when he found out the news.

“I did cry last night. It was a bit of an emotional moment because we were thinking about rolling the dice one more time. So it was a blow” Dettori told the Guardian.

“Now that I know that she’s safe and she’s gone, I’m able to slowly be touched by emotions and just look at the wider picture. She’s done so brilliantly for all of us and I love her.

“I’m never going to forget her. I went to see her this morning. We had a tremendous journey for three-and-a-half, four years. She was the horse that most touched my heart.”

Enable won 15 of her 19 races – 11 of which were at the top Group One level – including two Arcs, the Yorkshire and Epsom Oaks, and King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few of Enable’s biggest victories. Read on to find out more!

2017 – Epsom Oaks (Group One)

The 2017 Epsom Oaks was met with thunder, lightning, and torrential rain, but it wasn’t enough to stop Enable from winning her first Group One race, and Dettori from landing his 17th English Classic. The John Gosden-trained horse entered the race at 6/1 but emerged as the front-runner at the two-furlong marker. Although odds-on favourite Rhododendron put up a late challenge, Enable stayed on strongly and won by five lengths.

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2017 – King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes (Group One)

Following on from her dual Oaks wins at Epsom and Curragh, Enable overshadowed her opposition again at Royal Ascot, in King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes. Gosden’s filly proved why she was the 5/4 favourite as she stormed into the lead two furlongs out, going on to win, with a healthy four-and-a-half length victory over Ulysses.

2017 – Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Group 1)

Enable and Dettori rounded off their amazing 2017 season, which also included a five-length victory in the Yorkshire Oaks, with a win in Europe’s richest horse race, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. With Longchamp closed for refurbishment, the historic race was instead being held nearby, at Chantilly. Enable shot into the lead 300 metres out and stayed on strong to win by two-and-a-half lengths over Cloth Of Stars.

2018 – Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Group 1)

Enable was the favourite to win the Arc again, as it returned to Longchamp, in 2018, and, she did just that. Similar to the previous year, she emerged as the favourite with 300 metres to go. However, after racing lengths ahead, she started to run out of steam, and it looked as though 6/1 shot Sea Of Class was going to catch her before the line. But, in dramatic fashion, Enable held on to win by a short neck.

2019 – Coral-Eclipse (Group One)

After beating Magical by three-quarters-of-a-length to win the Grade One Breeders’ Cup in November 2018, Enable kicked off her 2019 season with a win in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown – beating her old foe Magical by the same distance. In doing so, she became just the third of her sex to win the British Champions Series race, alongside Pebbles (1985) and Kooyonga (1992).

2019 – Yorkshire Oaks (Group One)

Following on from a second victory in Ascot’s King George, Enable added a second Yorkshire Oaks to her lengthy list of victories. Just four horses lined up for the 2019 edition of the race, and, somewhat unsurprisingly, Enable and Dettori set-off as the 1/4 favourites. Ryan Moore and Magical were unable to stop Enable again, as she went on to win by almost three lengths.

2020 – King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes (Group One)

Little did we know it, but Enable’s third King George victory at Royal Ascot would be her last Group One win. Just three horses started the race on the day, and it came as no surprise when Dettori and Enable stormed over the line well clear of Sovereign and Japan.

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