Enable will be out of action until August at the earliest after suffering a setback, connections have anounced.
John Gosden’s brilliant filly enjoyed a fantastic campaign in 2017, winning six of her seven starts including five consecutive Group One triumphs.
She has not been seen on a racecourse since claiming Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe glory at Chantilly last October, but had been pencilled in to make her reappearance in the Coronation Cup at Epsom on June 1.
However, she will now miss the first part of the season through injury.
Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah, said in a statement to Press Association Sport: “Enable has met with a setback in training. She has some filling in her knee which is being fully investigated.”
Connections are hopeful Enable will run again before defending her Arc crown in Paris.
Grimthorpe added: “The advice that we have is, that given reasonable circumstances, she should be ready to run in August as a preparation for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.”
Having burst on to the scene at Epsom with her five-length win in the Investec Oaks, Enable repeated the dose in the Darley-sponsored Irish Oaks, in even more impressive fashion.
Connections then took the bold step to run her against the older colts in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes and they were dealt with in much the same way.
Group One winners like Ulysses and Highland Reel did not see which way she went and officials at Ascot would no doubt have been hoping she would grace the race again in July.
A clash with stablemate Cracksman would have been one for the ages, with Frankie Dettori already agonising over the decision of which superstar to ride. Now he will have until October to choose.
“The King George is still so far ahead that you wouldn’t be realistically thinking about it anyway. That’s racing, you don’t really believe things until you see them in the stalls,” said Nick Smith, Ascot’s director of communications.
“Saxon Warrior (2000 Guineas winner) could be a possibility now, you would have thought – him up against Cracksman would be pretty exciting. Then you’ve the other older horses like Defoe and Capri. It’s always a shame when you lose one, but there is such strength in depth this year.
“To say Lah Ti Dar (another stablemate of Enable) has a long way to go is an understatement, but she is certainly on the right road and it seems to be a recent trend for Oaks winners to run in the King George, what with Taghrooda and Enable.
“Hopefully we’ll see Enable on the track later in the year.”