Enable goes one better than Frankel in record King GeorgeSat 25 July, 2020
ENABLE (GB) landed an unprecedented third victory in the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot Racecourse this afternoon, advancing her total number of top flight wins to eleven, surpassing the tally of ten recorded by fellow Juddmonte star FRANKEL (GB).
Prince Khalid Abdullah’s homebred, who claimed the race both in 2017 and 2019, saw off her Ballydoyle rivals SOVEREIGN and JAPAN (GB) in convincing style under an emotional Frankie Dettori.
The six-year-old daughter of NATHANIEL (GB), who stands at Newsells Park Stud in Hertfordshire for a fee of £25,000, has been kept in training with John Gosden and will bid for a third Group 1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at ParisLongchamp in October. She was denied victory in the final stages of last year’s race by WALDGEIST (GB), bred at Newsells Park.
Enable’s dam CONCENTRIC (GB) has a three-year-old Frankel filly named PORTRUSH (GB), also in training with John Gosden, who won nicely at Yarmouth Racecourse earlier this month. While it would be unfair to expect the same results as her record-breaking half-sister at this stage, connections are optimistic that she will earn at least black type status.
Simon Mockridge, Stud Director at Juddmonte Farms, expressed his joy following today’s triumph:
“It was another extraordinary ride by Frankie, who always knew that he had the bases covered, and another phenomenal training performance by John Gosden to have her in peak form.
“It is a great delight that she’s won today and become the first horse ever to win three King Georges. It’s another point of history for her.
“The win today means that she does surpass Frankel in winning eleven [Group One races] which is another milestone.”
Mockridge attributed the win to Prince Khalid, who chose to keep the mare in training for another year:
“It is testament to Prince Khalid keeping the mare in training as a six-year-old.
“It’s incredibly sporting of him, it’s wonderful for the sport to have a great race mare like her staying in training, so that younger generations can be judged against them; it’s the only way we can ever tell how good horses are over a period of time.”
The Juddmonte team were not able to witness Enable’s landmark win, but still supported from their Banstead Manor base:
“It was nice to watch her on television but there is something about being there and seeing her. She has this very magical way of moving around the parade ring and she’s incredibly serene. She is a massive presence.
“It was just so nice to see her looking so incredibly happy in her work.”
Enable is set to retire to stud at the end of this season and GBRI asked Mockridge whether any breeding plans had been drawn up:
“It’s a bit early to be making any decisions. The focus has, and the reasoning behind keeping her in training has, always been the Arc and Prince Khalid and the team made that very apparent from the onset.
“There are options and you would have to consider Kingman, who is absolutely flying at the moment. I imagine he will be high up on the list but that will need to be discussed with Prince Khalid; he is the decision maker.”