Enable and Magical will renew rivalry at York on Thursday after featuring among just four horses declared for the Darley Yorkshire Oaks.
The brilliant Enable has suffered just one defeat in 13 career starts and is unbeaten in her last 11, a sequence which includes back-to-back wins in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and high-profile victories in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, the Coral-Eclipse, the English and Irish Oaks and this race in 2017.
John Gosden’s superstar mare will be a red-hot favourite to add to her top-level tally on what is set to be her final competitive appearance in Britain before she bids to become the first three-times Arc winner in history at ParisLongchamp in October.
Enable is joined by stable companion Lah Ti Dar, who has been successful on each of her two previous visits to York – running out a brilliant winner of the Galtres Stakes at this meeting last season and making a successful reappearance in the Middleton Stakes in May.
She was last seen finishing a close-up third behind another stablemate in Coronet in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud in late June.
The Aidan O’Brien-trained Magical has given Enable more to think about than most over the past couple of seasons, pushing her to three-quarters of a length at the Breeders’ Cup last November and in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown last month.
The field is completed by another Ballydoyle inmate in South Sea Pearl, who makes a quick reappearance after finishing down the field at Deauville last Sunday.