Yesterday, Flat racing fans received the news that they had all been waiting, and hoping, for – the mighty Enable is to remain in training as a six-year-old.
The John Gosden trained mare – last seen finishing an agonising second behind Waldgeist in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp – has won fifteen of her thirteen starts to date, amassing over £10 million in prize money.
Here, we map out her potential 2020 targets – all races that will be covered by our free horse racing tips – showing the potential records that she could break, and the price for her to be unbeaten next season.
A possible starting point for Enable is the Group 1 Coronation Cup at Epsom in June.
This would be the first time Enable had been back to the “Downs” since her 2017 Oaks win – a victory that brought her to many people’s attention.
One of the only things that Enable is yet to achieve is a win at Royal Ascot, so could her connections be tempted by a run in the Group 1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes?
She is currently 2-2 at the Berkshire venue, so the track holds no fears, but she would be attempting to become just the third six-year-old to win the race after Muhtarram (1995) and So You Think (2012). Incidentally, Muhtarram was trained by John Gosden.
If the Coronation Cup or Prince Of Wales’s came too soon into the season, another possibility for Enable to begin her 2020 campaign is the Coral-Eclipse – a race she won on her seasonal reappearance in 2019.
The 1m2f distance did seem a bit sharp for her that day, however, and a year older, she may be vulnerable to a speedier rival were connections to go down that route.
After producing one of the highlights of the season when beating Crystal Ocean in the preceding renewal, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes looks a race that may well be on Enable’s radar next year.
If Enable did win, she would be the first horse to land three King George’s – having already joined Dahlia (1973, 1974) and Swain (1997, 1998) on two victories.
Much like the King George, Enable would be making history if taking the Yorkshire Oaks next August. Having already joined Only Royale (1993, 1994) and Islington (2002, 2003) on two wins – no horse has achieved three victories.
Should her preparation go well, this would appear one of her more likely targets in 2020.
This is what it is all leading to, an attempt to land an unprecedented third Arc – following her wins in 2017 and 2018.
If managing to get some better ground in 2020 – which is far from guaranteed – it would be a shock if she did not go off a short price, regardless of her preparation.
At the time of writing, Enable is currently a best-priced 6/1 for the Arc, and Paddy Power go 12/1 that Enable is unbeaten in 2020, but she must run at least three times.
*All dates listed above are predicted, not officially announced.