Queen Enable dazzles in EclipseSun 7 July, 2019
Wondermare ENABLE (GB) brilliantly claimed an eighth Group 1 victory in her star-spangled career with a rousing triumph in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown.
The dual Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe heroine, one of the absolute treasures in the crown of Juddmonte Farms Stud, had not raced since she won the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf at Churchill Downs last November.
Yet despite that 245-day absence, the five-year-old daughter of NATHANIEL looked at her irrepressible best in the hands of Frankie Dettori.
Enable, trained by John Gosden, was strongly pressed by runner-up MAGICAL inside the final furlong, but Dettori’s ultra-game companion was, simply, a class apart.
She ended up winning this historic race by three-quarters of a length – the first horse of her sex to land the Eclipse since 1992 – with Cheveley Park Stud’s REGAL REALITY (GB) an honourable third.
Trainer John Gosden said
“It’s been a long preparation and she’s only started coming to herself in the last two weeks.
“Quite frankly she’s come here at 85 per cent, maybe 90, and in the last furlong I was concerned.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with her. She got a lovely ride and Frankie always wanted to be where he was. She’s an exceptional athlete.
“Like her father, to come from an eight-month lay-off to win an Eclipse is not an easy thing and she’s done it all herself. The King George (Ascot, July 27) is the plan.”
Enable, now unbeaten in 10 races, is a remarkable success story for her sire NATHANIEL, who is based at Newsells Park Stud in Hertfordshire.
Her dam CONCENTRIC (GB) was also a Juddmonte homebred who has produced a four-year-old half-brother CENTROID (GB), who won on debut last August for Dermot Weld
A three-year-old half-sister, ENTITLE (GB), has made four starts for Gosden and was last seen running in the Group 1 Prix de Diane Longines at Chantilly in June.
Simon Mockridge, UK Stud Director for Juddmonte Farms, said:
“We are just simply thrilled to have her back on the track.
“She had a long and troublesome season last year, having only raced three times, so it is to the great testament of His Highness (Prince Khalid Abdullah) that he kept her in training.
“Horseracing needs champions and you could tell by the crowd at Sandown just how much she means to everyone.
“She’s a very, very special filly and I’m sure John will form a plan, with the end goal of returning to Longchamp for the Arc.
“As a Juddmonte homebred, this means an awful amount to us all. We are just so very delighted.”