John Gosden expects Enable to be pushed all the way by what he describes as “mighty opponents” when bidding for a record-breaking third Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at ParisLongchamp.
Assessing the rivals that could stand in the way of the daughter of Nathaniel writing herself into the history books on October 6, the Newmarket handler feels there are plenty of live dangers that could deny her victory.
Though Enable is a general 10-11 chance to complete a hat-trick of victories in the prestigious mile-and-a-half prize, Gosden believes her price is short enough given the calibre of opposition.
Gosden – who is seeking a fourth win in the race – said: “This shaping up to be a proper Arc, which is what you want. She is a slightly silly price and that doesn’t reflect the quality of the opposition.
“Certainly Japan I’ve mentioned as a danger. I thought he was impressive the way he quickened in the Juddmonte International.
“The Prix du Jockey Club winner Sottsass, who I thought put in the best three-year-old performance of the year with the way he quickened. They are mighty opponents those three-year-old colts, getting weight.
“Then of course we see a horse (Ghaiyyath) run over a trip in Germany that he has been asking to run over for some time and absolutely destroyed the field.
“A horse like him and Waldgeist, who we should not underestimate, and the three-year-olds set a very high standard.”
Having warmed up for her trip to France with a second victory in the Yorkshire Oaks at York last month, Gosden feels he has Enable in the right place mentally.
Gosden said: “She is doing nice, normal canters and is very content in herself. I think we have her mentally where we would like to have her. Come next week we will build her up to the Arc.
“I didn’t want to drop back in trip at York for the Juddmonte. It was not a case of running away from one horse. She won over a mile and a quarter at Sandown, but that is a different to the flat, slick, fast track at York.
“She set her own fractions over the mile and a half at York. They came and joined her and she said, ‘OK, you want to race’, and off she went.”
For Enable’s army of fans that did not get a glimpse of her on the Knavesmire, and who will not be making the trip across the English Channel next month, Gosden will give them the chance to see her on the gallops during the second day of the Henry Cecil Open Weekend in Newmarket on September 22.
Gosden said: “That is the plan, to go up the gallops on the open morning unless it is raining like it did last year.
“I hope she is there on the open morning doing a canter up Warren Hill.
“She has been a pleasure to train from the early days and you are very lucky when you get a filly of that quality in the place.”