With less than a month to go until the Prix de l’arc de Triomphe at Longchamp, Enable looks to lay down a marker in the September Stakes at Kempton.
One last Hurrah
We said it twelve months ago, but this year’s September Stakes could be the last time we spy Enable on a British racecourse. John Gosden’s wondermare won the September Stakes back in 2018 before winning her second Arc and bids to repeat the feat two years on.
When she landed that particularly renewal, she defeated Crystal Ocean in facile fashion. That was despite having to make her own fractions, so regardless of what her rivals do, Frankie Dettori’s mount won’t be in much bother.
She will face six rivals in this renewal of the September Stakes, with many potential suitors likely scared away by her presence. Rated 128, she’s fifteen pounds clear on ratings, with Prince Of Arran being second in.
A globetrotting superstar, he was second in last year’s Melbourne Cup. If this was an ordinary renewal, he’d have massive claims.
Enable is no ordinary horse, however, and the Princes only real hope is filling the forecast position for Charlie Fellowes. Fox Tal looked to be capable of big things when fourth in last year’s Champion Stakes but has fallen flat in three 2020 starts.
He’s yet to really prove he’s trained on from his three-year-old exploits and has something to find on his All-Weather debut. That being said, he looks to be Prince Of Arran’s main danger for second-place.
The Queen of Europe?
Unable to become the first horse to win three Arcs twelve months ago, Enable was run down late by Waldgeist in an agonising defeat. That could all be forgotten, however, as she gets another bite of the cherry.
Eight horses have claimed the Arc on two separate occasions and a victory at Longchamp would see Enable create her own slice of history. To do so, she’ll need to become only the second horse in the race’s history to win reclaim Europe’s biggest flat race.