John Gosden’s Arc heroine Enable in good form but no date set for her return to the track

TRAINER John Gosden reports Enable to be “in top nick” as she continues her recovery from a setback.

Gosden’s brilliant filly has not been seen since she won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe last year, but is still the market leader to successfully defend her crown.

Enable is still favourite for this year's Arc
Enable is still favourite for this year’s Arc
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Enable was ruled out of racing earlier this season after suffering filling in her knee.

Gosden now reports the four-year-old is back in work and pleasing everyone, but will not put a date on her return to action.

The Newmarket trainer said: “Enable will be ready to run when she is ready to run. I was very pleased with her this morning (Saturday).

“She was doing a half-speed this morning. She is in top nick right now.

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“She will run when I think she is ready and I’m not going to name a race, as it’s too soon.

“You can mention what you like, but it will be when I’m ready. The filly will tell me. I’m not going to set dates.

The filly suffered the setback in May
The filly suffered the setback in May
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“She has had time off for an issue which we have had to deal with and what you must never do is name a race and try to fit the foot to the shoe, it’s the wrong way round.”

Enable captured the hearts of racegoers last year as she went on a brilliant winning run despite being beaten on her seasonal reappearance.

The filly won the Cheshire Oaks before going on to win the Oaks at Epsom in June. She then added the Irish Oaks to her CV in one of her most devastating performances to date.

She showed she was out of the top drawer when beating the boys in the King George at Ascot before warming up for her Arc run with a win in the Yorkshire Oaks.

Gosden has reiterated he will not be rushing things
Gosden has reiterated he will not be rushing things
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Her performance in Chantilly when landing the Arc was simply sublime as she left her rivals trailing in behind her under Frankie Dettori.

The four-year-old is still as short as 9-2 to defend her crown in Paris.


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