Game on for Arc-bound Enable
Connections of star filly Enable couldn't have been happier with her Kempton comeback and now have their sights fully trained on the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
Having been sidelined for the early part of this season with a minor knee injury, the John Gosden-trained daughter of Nathaniel made a foot-perfect return in the Group Three September Stakes on Kempton's all-weather track over the weekend.
The Arc is a huge race and she will have to bring her A-game, but that was a very good start to her year.Teddy Grimthorpe
She dispatched Sir Michael Stoute's Crystal Ocean in pleasing style under a front-running ride from Frankie Dettori.
Enable won five straight Group One races last season as a three-year-old. She pocketed the English, Irish and Yorkshire Oaks as well the King George at Ascot before a scintillating Arc success at Chantilly in the autumn.
She is now priced at 1/1 to retain Europe's premier middle distance crown when the Arc returns the newly revamped Longchamp on 7th October.
Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah revealed that Enable had come out of her Kempton return in fine fettle and all roads now lead to Paris.
"She was good on Sunday morning and there are no problems," he said. "She was in very good form going into the race and we always hoped she would produce a good performance.
"The way she did it was very pleasing. I think everything about it was good and I don't think you could have asked for any more in how the race worked out.
"She got into a good rhythm and, although she was a little bit fresh, she settled really well and she quickened well when asked. The runner-up (Crystal Ocean) is a very solid horse.
"The Arc is a huge race and she will have to bring her A-game, but that was a very good start to her year, if a somewhat belated one. It was great to see her do what she did at Kempton."
The William Haggas-trained Sea Of Class is 6/1 to take over Enable's mantle by winning the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe next month, while Crystal Ocean is now 999/1.
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