A place in racing history as the first three-time winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe will be the ultimate aim for Enable after connections announced she would stay in training in 2019.
Owner Prince Khalid Abdullah has decided to roll the dice again with the daughter of Nathaniel, whose truncated three-race campaign this year saw her win a second Arc at ParisLongchamp before following up in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Churchill Downs.
Enable became the first Arc winner to win at the American showpiece in the same season with her gutsy success in Kentucky – and Abdullah’s racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe is looking forward to enjoying another season with the seven-times Group One winner.
He told Press Association Sport: “I think Prince Khalid wanted time to reflect on the Arc and Breeders’ Cup and time to enjoy it before he started to think about the following year.
“Obviously it was important that she was in good shape when she came back. She checked out really well, so from that point of view it gave us the encouragement to go on.”
As it stands, Enable is one of eight dual winners of the Arc in its illustrious 98-year history, and Grimthorpe is under no illusions about what a third triumph would represent for the John Gosden-trained filly.
He added: “A third Arc would certainly be a challenge to say the very least, but that’s what racing is all about – taking these challenges.
“I think if we’d had a full year this year, it would be hard to say what might have happened, but she only had one race as a two-year-old, a full season at three and then just three runs this year, so there are not too many miles on the clock.
“She still enjoys her racing, so she will be given her chance to make a bit of history.”
Enable’s campaign will be geared around another trip to France next October – but Grimthorpe underlined the team are not mapping out her route back to Paris just yet.
He said: “Obviously the main mile-and-a-quarter and mile-and-a-half races would be what we are looking at, but the Arc remains her primary target.”
Ladbrokes offer 4-1 about Enable winning her third Arc, while it is 5-1 on her defending her Breeders’ Cup Turf crown and just 8-1 about her chances of winning both races again in 2019.
Rider Frankie Dettori spoke of his delight at the news.
The Italian told the Daily Mirror: “It’s made my day.
“She showed what an incredible filly she is this year – the horse of a lifetime.
“It’s easy for horses to show their best when everything is going for them, but she had to miss most of the season with injury and to come back and do what she did was very special.”