Dual Arc heroine Enable makes winning return in Eclipse

Enable  - Frankie Dettori
Enable - Frankie Dettori

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) - Enable shrugged off an eight-month lay-off to land the Eclipse Stakes on Saturday to signal John Gosden's superstar mare is firmly on course for a tilt at a third Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Ridden by Frankie Dettori, the 4-6 favourite was travelling sweetly behind Hunting Horn before easing to the front two furlongs out to extend her winning run to 10 races.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Magical took second, beaten three-quarters of a length.

Gosden told The Racing Post: "It's been a long preparation and she's only started coming to herself the last two weeks. Quite frankly, she's come here at 85 per cent, maybe 90.

"To come from an eight-month layoff to win an Eclipse isn't an easy thing. She's done it all herself and the plan is the King George."

Enable returned to a reception fit for an equine queen, with Dettori saying: "I can't even hear myself talk at the moment, it's amazing. She's special and this touches me."

The Italian added: "When she comes to the races her lights come on –- she's the best. What she has achieved is unbelievable.

"I don't think we'll see another one like her."

Enable is now odds-on for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot at the end of the month, and 7-4 favourite for the Arc at Longchamp in October.


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