Enable is set to make her eagerly awaited return in the Investec Coronation Cup at Epsom on May 31.
The mile and a half contest forms part of the QIPCO British Distance Middle Distance category and the timing of the race suits John Gosden, trainer of the mighty mare.
“She has started cantering again and you would be hopeful she would be running in something like the Coronation Cup,” he said on Monday morning.
“There wouldn’t be any point starting her earlier. If you are trying to get to the Arc, you don’t want to be starting in the middle of April and there aren’t really the races for those older ones until later on in the year.
“She is in great order. She is even bigger and stronger again, so it is fingers crossed with her. She has enjoyed the winter and is loving her exercise.”
Enable’s seven Group 1 triumphs include three Champions Series victories – including at Epsom two years ago when she won the Investec Oaks.
Stradivarius won the QIPCO British Champions Series contest 12 months ago on his way to landing five wins in the Series and also scooping the Weatherbys Hamilton Stayers’ Million.
The son of Sea The Stars went on to land the Gold Cup, Qatar Goodwood Cup and the Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup back at the Knavesmire in August to scoop the seven-figure bonus. He has the same races on his agenda.
And for good measure he also landed the QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot on Champions Day.
Stradivarius is not the biggest but five-year-old looked in good shape ahead of his seasonal return by Gosden on Monday at a WH Stayers’ Million event at Clarehaven Stables in Newmarket.
He said: “He is in great order and has just started cantering and building up his preparation, and all being well we go to the Yorkshire Cup. We’ve just been doing the usual canters on Warren Hill. He has had a great winter.
“He has done great. He is not a big horse, but he has thickened out and strengthened.
“He is a grand horse to train. He is most untypical of a stayer in that he is quite a neat horse.”
Looking back at last season, Gosden feels there is one race that stands head and shoulders above all the victories Stradivarius achieved.
He said: “I think the defining moment was the Ascot Gold Cup. He really got down low and dug deep. He (Frankie Dettori) timed it to perfection, particularly going into unknown territory.
“He stayed the two and a half miles last season, which is something you never know if they are going to do until you race over it, as you can’t practice that kind of thing.”
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