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Enable to seek second success in Yorkshire Oaks

3 Aug 2019

Brilliant mare will run at York en route to trying to win a record third Arc.

Enable beats Crystal Ocean in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes at Ascot. Pic Steve Davies/Racingfotos.com

Enable will run in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks at York rather than the Juddmonte International.

John Gosden intimated after her second win in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes at Ascot that she could miss the York meeting altogether, but she is set to appear on the Knavesmire later this month.

Enable had the ten-furlong International, sponsored by her owner, Prince Khalid Abdullah, as an option, but connections have decided to keep her at a mile and a half.

Both races form part of the QIPCO British Champions Series. Enable won the Yorkshire Oaks in 2017 and will be attempting to become only the third dual winner of the race.

Given her whole season is based around winning an unprecedented third Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, the thinking is she will be better off staying at 12 furlongs in a race she won in 2017.

Enable had started her season over a mile and a quarter in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown, before her victory over Crystal Ocean in what was an epic running of the King George.

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to the owner, said: “We know she is effective over a miler and quarter, but John didn’t want to bring her back (in trip) again, so we thought the Yorkshire Oaks would be a more suitable race bearing in mind her main objective.”