Enable Aims at Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr1)
Enable (Nathaniel), the 2017 winner of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr1), is to bypass next week’s York Meeting.
Instead, with her Arc title defence very much in mind, connections have instead opted to aim her at the September Stakes (Gr3), on the Kempton Park polytrack, on September 8th.
Enable (foaled 12 February 2014) is a British Thoroughbred racehorse. After winning her only race as a two-year-old in 2016 she emerged as the dominant middle-distance horse in Europe in the following year when she won the Cheshire Oaks, Epsom Oaks, Irish Oaks, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Yorkshire Oaks and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
Sidelined by a knee problem since May, the filly has yet to be seen in public this year. John Gosden has used the September Stakes in the past as a conduit to tackling the autumn Gr1 prizes.
Indeed, Jack Hobbs made a successful return in the same Gr3 prize en route to finishing third in the Champion Stakes (Gr1).
Teddy Grimthorpe, the racing manager of Prince Khalid Abdullah, said : “She will not go to York next week, and I would think she will go to Kempton. It was always going to be a big ask to get to York, but it would be silly to push her and we will give her one run before going to the Arc. She’ll need to have a run, but I would think that would set her up very nicely. She’s got to to keep on going the right way, but it looks a good starting point for her. A racecourse gallop is always a possibility, but we haven’t got there yet and there are a number of places we could go.”
The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is a Group 1 horse race in France open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at Longchamp over a distance of 2,400 metres (about 1½ miles), and it is scheduled to take place each year, usually on the first Sunday in October.
Popularly referred to as the “Arc”, it is Europe’s most prestigious horse race. Its roll of honour features many highly acclaimed horses, and its winners are often subsequently regarded as champions. It is currently the world’s richest turf race and third-richest horse race (behind the Pegasus World Cup and Dubai World Cup).
A slogan of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, first used on a promotional poster in 2003, describes the event as “Ce n’est pas une course, c’est un monument” – “It’s not a race, it’s a monument”.