Enable dazzles once again ahead of historic Arc mission
Enable one of the finest performances of her glittering racing career when swatting aside Aidan O'Brien's Magical (4/1) with the minimum of ease to land her second Yorkshire Oaks yesterday on her final start on British soil.
Bringing her record to 13 victories from 14 starts and her 11th Group One win in succession, Enable (1/4 favourite) cleared the €10 million mark in prize money when shaking off her nearest market rival by three lengths.
John Gosden's charge is now primed for an historic third Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe victory on October 6 - for which she had hardened to 4/5 hotpot - before retirement, after Frankie Dettori delivered another sparkling display on the five-year-old.
"It was a gorgeous performance. She likes her training and she likes her racing. I'm glad we have brought her here, it was a lovely prep race and we couldn't be more pleased with her," Gosden said.
"She has this amazing, competitive mind - if you were married to her you would have to listen. She is a great filly, great constitution and we started life out at Newcastle and she's done nothing but pleased.
"She had a battle in the King George, Frankie wasn't hard on her though, and she showed her class against the fillies. Now you've got a big old mountain to climb in the Arc. If she goes back to her three-year-old form, as you saw today, she is mighty tough to beat."
It was also a satisfying day for Dermot Weld as the Kildare trainer secured a second victory in the Listed Galtres Stakes at York as Search For A Song (3/1 favourite) delivered a game display under Oisín Murphy.
Having only her fourth career start for the Master of Rosewell House on the back of a respectable fourth in the Irish Oaks, the Galileo filly travelled powerfully before pulling away in the closing stages to score by a length and three-quarters.
"She's a nice staying filly. We'll see how she comes out of the race before we decide where she goes. She'll definitely be in Group company next, but I really see her coming into her own as a four-year-old," Weld said.
Weld bids for another victory on the Knavesmire today but Falcon Eight faces the stiffest of tasks in the Lonsdale Cup (2.25) with stamina king Stradivarius hoping to bring his unbeaten streak to nine, with O'Brien's Il Paradiso also in the mix.
The day's highlight is the mouth-watering clash of O'Brien's Ten Sovereigns and Charlie Hills' Battaash in the Group One Nunthorpe (3.35) as two top-class sprinters lock horns, but a chance is taken on Ballydoyle second string Fairyland (e/w) to make the frame.