Gosden sights on George glory
Enable bids to continue John Gosden's excellent record with three-year-olds against older horses in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.
Since the turn of the century, just four horses from the younger age group have gained the upper hand over their seniors.
While the first two – Galileo in 2001 and Alamshar two years later – were trained in Ireland, the last two were under Gosden's care.
The Newmarket handler first found the key first with Nathaniel in 2011.
Enable's sire was supplemented, beating such stars as Workforce and St Nicholas Abbey. He was also beaten a nose by Danedream in the race 12 months later.
Gosden sent out Taghrooda to defeat the colts in 2014 and she did so in impressive fashion – taking full advantage of the age and sex allowances.
While Taghrooda missed the Irish Oaks after winning at Epsom, Enable went to the Curragh due to their respective positions in the racing calendar this year.
The Yorkshire Oaks was initially mentioned as her next race, but such was her well-being that Gosden has let her take her chance.
"She took Ireland very well. She got a little cut behind, but that has healed," said the Clarehaven handler.
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"Her races have been very spread out so far. She has done well physically and this is only a two-week gap, but she has taken her races really well.
"She skipped clear of some very nice fillies in Ireland. She flew over, so she didn't have the strain of a 15-hour journey through Holyhead on the ferry, either.
"She goes on pretty much most ground. Nobody wants to see it go heavy, but some give in the ground wouldn't bother her at all."
He added: "Taghrooda didn't go to Ireland, but that year they (Epsom and Curragh) were closer together.
"We've had a funny year this year because Easter was late so we had no time between the trials and the Classics.
"There's quite a gap to the Yorkshire Oaks and we feel two weeks should be enough.
"She's obviously a progressive filly. She had just the one run last back-end.
"She's always been a beautiful filly since day one, but she has done nothing but improve through her races."
Frankie Dettori used the mount on Enable in Ireland as motivation to return from injury.
It has also been a bit of a bleak week for the Italian, who has had to get down to 8st 7lb, but he thinks it will be all worthwhile.
"She has all the weapons you need," said the 46-year-old jockey.
"Three times – at Chester (Cheshire Oaks], Epsom and in Ireland – she has shown to me and the racing world she has a good cruising speed and great turn of foot.
"At the back of my mind I knew she would win at the Curragh but even I was taken by the way she did it.
"I was probably more impressed than at Epsom. Her turn of foot was electric for a stayer."
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