Classic queen Enable 'grand' after Curragh with big-race options open

 Jul 17 2017

The daughter of Nathaniel took the fillies' Classic by storm as she swept clear by five and a half lengths from her nearest pursuer Rain Goddess at the Curragh on Saturday, to supplement her success in the Investec Oaks at Epsom.

The dual Oaks heroine's first possible target is the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on July 29, but that might come quite quickly.

Should that race be too soon, the John Gosden-trained filly could head to York for the Darley Yorkshire Oaks on August 24.

The Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly on October 1 could be the ultimate objective for Enable, although she does not currently hold an entry in Europe's premier middle-distance race and would have to be supplemented.

"She had a little nick on her leg after the race, but that's all it was. She's grand," said Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah. "It was a wonderful run and we were very thrilled with her.

"Those races are the very nice options that we have, but obviously we'll have to see how she is.

"The King George is less than two weeks away so it may come a bit too soon, but obviously we'll have to look at it.

"If she doesn't go there she'll probably go for the Yorkshire Oaks.

"We'll take it one step at a time. She's not in the Arc, she'd have to be supplemented."



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