Enable strikes a blow for girl power to eclipse rivals
Enable showed her brilliance as she made a superb seasonal debut in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown. The John Gosden-trained mare became only the third of her sex to win the mile-and-a-quarter showpiece after Pebbles (1985) and Kooyonga (1992) - and did it in style as she registered her eighth Group One triumph.
Frankie Dettori had the 4-6 favourite in the ideal pitch in second place behind the Aidan O'Brien-trained Hunting Horn, before asking the dual Prix de 'Arc de Triomphe heroine to go and win her race.
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Though it was her first start since the Breeders' Cup, she had the class to overcome any race-rustiness and defeat her old rival Magical, from the O'Brien team, by three-quarters of a length. Regal Reality was two lengths back in third.
Gosden, winning the race for the fourth time, said: "It's been a long preparation, she's only started coming to herself the last two weeks and quite frankly she's come here at 85 per cent (fit), maybe 90.
"The last furlong I was concerned and I told Frankie if she gets tired you look after her. This is not a prep, it's an Eclipse, but it's a prep for the rest of the year. I couldn't be more thrilled with her.
"Frankie wanted to be where he was and she is an exceptional athlete - to come from an eight-month lay-off to win an The King George next is the plan."
A jubilant Dettori, who was once again in flying dismount form, said: "Drawn eight I had the best spot and I didn't have to panic and it went exactly how I thought it would.
"She is uncomplicated, as you know. It was actually funny - as we turned for home she grabbed the bit and wanted to go, but I said, 'wait a little bit, let's just get to the two (furlong pole) first'.
"She quickened and put the race to bed. She was entitled to get a little bit tired near the end. What a great filly. All of us put so much work into it and she has slowly come these last 10 days. She has been flying up the gallops."
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