Wednesday 17 July 2019

Dettori continues love affair with 'awesome' Enable in Eclipse

Frankie Dettori aboard Enable. Photo: Getty
Frankie Dettori aboard Enable. Photo: Getty

Frankie Dettori has spoken of his attachment to Enable after the superstar of European racing returned to action with a comfortable success in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown.

Enable was returning from a 245-day break and tackling a trip two furlongs short of her perceived best of a mile and a half as she headed into the Group One event on Saturday.

However, the result was never in doubt as John Gosden's mare held off her old foe, Aidan O'Brien's Magical, to win an eighth Group One.

"She was brilliant. To come back in the Eclipse, (against) tough competition, it wasn't a walkover - the way she did it - she travelled like her old self, quickened and showed she was as good as she was last year," Dettori said.

"When I watched the replay, she was the last off the bridle yet everyone was saying the trip was too short. That's the way I like her - a strong traveller, got a kick, got everything.

"It would be wrong of me to say I don't love horses. I love horses, but I love her more than the rest because she takes me emotionally to places other horses can't."

He added: "Look at the races we have won together, the biggest races in the world, it is phenomenal. I have tears in my eyes every time I ride her because she has character. You could argue I've ridden better (horses), but her longevity and what she's done is awesome. She's one of the best I've ridden.

"It's very unusual for a superstar to still be racing at five. It might have happened with Winx in Australia, but in Europe it's very rare."

Enable will try to win the King George at Ascot for a second time later this month before heading to York for either the Juddmonte International - which is sponsored by her owner Khalid Abdullah - or the Yorkshire Oaks, then all roads lead back to France in search of a third Arc.

"A lot of credit goes to Prince Khalid for keeping her in training and of course John is an incredible trainer to keep her going, keep her zest intact."

Gosden admitted to a sense of relief, but would not confirm her York target just yet. "I think it's more relief and then the elation late last night," he said.

"It will be King George and then York - a decision will be made a little later."

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