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Enable cruises to Kempton victory in preparation for Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe history




Enable was in fine form during what was likely to be her last ever appearance at a British racecourse on Saturday.

John Gosden’s record-breaking mare was a 1-14 shot to land the Group 3 Unibet September Stakes at Kempton, and she justified those odds with a performance of minimal fuss under Frankie Dettori.

All roads now lead to France and a historic bid at becoming the first horse to ever win the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on three occasions next month.

Enable was a comfortable winner on Saturday. Picture: Hugh Routledge
Enable was a comfortable winner on Saturday. Picture: Hugh Routledge

Not one to ever show too much emotion, there was a tinge of sadness in trainer Gosden’s voice as it dawned on him that due to the current Covid-19 quarantine rules, he could well have witnessed the six-year-old race for the final time.

“The way the rules are right now there is no way I’ll be able to be there. I can’t, because we start the yearling sales at Newmarket the following week. I wouldn’t be too good locked in the house for two weeks, that wouldn’t be very good to my owners that,” the master of Clarehaven Stables told Racing TV.

““It is very likely that I’ve watched her in the flesh for the last time, but only one man decides on that – her owner-breeder (Khalid Abdullah). What he says goes.

“You don’t want to get emotional about it, as you have got to build up to the Arc, but we can have a drink after that. One of sorrow or one of joy.

“It is great to see her today, as I wanted to run her here. I’m sorry there can’t be a crowd here, as there was two years ago, but c’est la vie.”

The victory also further vindicated Gosden’s decision to swerve last month’s Yorkshire Oaks, which was won by Aidan O’Brien’s Love.

He added: “I did make it clear I’ve enormous respect for the Oaks winner (Love) and I knew if I went to the Knavesmire, I don’t know who would have won, but my goodness they would have both had a hard race.

“I did not want a hard race seven and a half weeks before the Arc. That would not be a clever way of going to the Arc.”