Frankie hoping Enable’s ‘dream journey’ will continue at Ascot’s ‘King George’

Superstar racehorse Enable, who has been touted as the ‘Queen of Racing’, will be aiming for her 11th successive win this Saturday 27th July, as she edges closer to the legendary Frankel’s unbeaten record of 14 victories.

The five-year-old is currently the 4/7 favourite to secure victory in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday 27th July – following on from her impressive win in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown Park at the beginning of the month.

A win in the race, which forms part of the 2019 QIPCO British Champions Series, will also mean Enable would have won the prestigious contest twice after triumphing previously in 2017.

To highlight her tremendous record, QIPCO British Champions Series have produced a timeline video of Enable’s key career moments, showcasing just how much of a superstar she is, which you can view below:

John Gosden, trainer of Enable, has drawn comparisons between her and the legendary Frankel. He said: “Frankel was magnificent in every way, and I’d assume, Prince Khalid, who has bred all the wonderful horses down the years, would say with Frankel and Enable – that’s the best colt and the best filly.”

Describing what sets her apart from other racehorses, Gosden continued: “She’s very enthusiastic, loves her training and racing, and that makes my job easier. A pleasure to be around with a strong, competitive mind. When she’s fit and well, she becomes very determined.

 “She’s like the great heavyweight boxers training in the gym in the lead up to a Championship fight, just quietly goes through the motions, she knows what she wants and what she needs to do.

“When she had a difficult year (last year), coming back from injury, surgery and sickness, she still managed to do the job. I admired that a lot, like any great athlete, it’s not easy to get yourself back to the top again. That’s a big ask for any athlete.

“It’s pretty extraordinary what she’s done, she’s done everything. One run at Newcastle as a two-year-old, then to do what she done as three-year-old was brilliant.” 

Credit: QIPCO British Champions Series.

A victory for Enable on Saturday will also be her 11th successive win under the guidance of Frankie Dettori – dating back to their Cheshire Oaks triumph back in 2017.

On their special relationship, Dettori said: “She is a special horse, a superstar, the Queen of Racing! I’ve been lucky enough to win every race I’ve ridden her in, and I would love nothing more than for that to continue on Saturday. What she has already achieved is phenomenal, but to win a second King George VI & Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes would be magnificent.  

“Win or lose she deserves all the credit she receives. She is the perfect horse to ride, she knows exactly what to do, I have never had to ask her to do anything. It has been a dream journey together and long may that continue.”

She could also become the first five-year-old winner of the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes since Aggressor in 1960; only the third horse to win the race twice; and a second win at Ascot would mean this would be the first racecourse Enable has won twice at. 

Enable’s unbeaten run:

10th May 2017 – Arkle Finance Cheshire Oaks (Chester Racecourse)

2nd June 2017 – Investec Oaks (Epsom Racecourse)

15th July 2017 – Darley Irish Oaks (Curragh Racecourse)

29th July 2017 – King George VI & Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes (Ascot Racecourse)

24th August 2017 – Darley Yorkshire Oaks (York Racecourse)

1st October 2017 – Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Chantilly Racecourse)

8th September 2018 – 188Bet September Stakes (Kempton Racecourse)

7th October 2018 – Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Longchamp Racecourse)

3rd November 2018 – Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (Churchill Downs Racecourse)

6th July 2019 – Coral-Eclipse (Sandown Racecourse)

Stats and facts on Enable:

  • Five-year-old Mare (Female)
  • Born 12th February 2014
  • Has won at 11 different tracks including Ascot, Chester, Curragh, Epsom, Kempton, Newcastle, Sandown, York, Longchamp, Chantilly and Churchill Downs
  • Lost only once – at Newbury, in April 2017
  • Eight Group 1 wins (races at the highest level)
  • Total winning distance in all her races: 32 lengths
  • Won races in the months: May, June, July (x3), August, September, October (x2) and November (x2).
  • Initial rating of 84, now 125, putting her up there with some of the greatest racehorses ever
  • She’s beaten 13 horses who are now registered stallions including (Ulysees, Highland Reel, Jack Hobbs, Talismanic, Zarak, Brametot)
  • Career earnings: £8,432,351
  • Her sire (father), Nathaniel, won £1,464,688 in prize money meaning she’s won nearly £7 million more than her father.
  • Miles travelled in Europe to the races: 3,678
  • Miles run in races: 16 miles and 7 furlongs
  • Has been favourite on 8/12 runs
  • Strike rate: 91.7%
  • The seven other female winners of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes, covering eight successes, have been Taghrooda (2014), Danedream (2012), Time Charter (1983), Pawneese (1976), Dahlia (1974 & 1973), Park Top (1969) and Aunt Edith (1966)
  • She’s run against only her sex five times in the Yorkshire, Irish, English and Cheshire oaks and her maiden race at Newcastle – winning all five times and by an average distance of 4.2 lengths showing her dominance over the competition
  • Only seven horses other than Enable have ever won two Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphes. Enable is going for a historic third in October, which no other horse has done
  • 100% win rate in Group 1 races
  • Europe’s highest-rated middle-distance horse of 2019 is Crystal Ocean on 131 who Enable beat by three and a half lengths in their only meeting at Kempton in September last year
  • Horses from England, Ireland, USA, France, Germany and Japan have attempted to beat Enable unsuccessfully

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