The Queen of Racing Enable will face a select field of seven rivals in Saturday’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes at Ascot.
The world-class mare will seek to secure her third victory in the race – a feat that has never been achieved before by any horse.
Having won races all over the world including the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) , this race falls very much as part of Enable’s plan to secure a historic third win in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
Her reappearance run this season came earlier in the month in the Coral-Eclipse where she went down battling to a match-fit Ghayyaith. Since that race connections have reported that she is back where they want her, with assistant trainer Thady Gosden saying “She’s very well at the moment, working nicely and has come on a lot for her run at Sandown.”
“At the moment things are going very smoothly. Her attitude is very good at home and physically she’s improved a lot.”
Standing in her way will be six rivals from Aidan O’Brien’s stable and one additional runner from her own stable.
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Magical and Japan Top O’Brien Contenders
Of the O’Brien sextet, the obvious challenges come from another star-mare in Magical and colt, Japan. Magical was last seen winning the Pretty Polly Stakes over in Ireland, and is no stranger to a match up with Enable – this would be their sixth meeting with Enable leading 6-0.
Japan has also encountered Enable a couple of times, finishing close to her in both the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and also the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown.
Of the other O’Brien horses, Magic Wand has engaged in plenty of high-class battles around the world so would be an ideal candidate. Anthony Van Dyke was the winner of a thrilling 2019 Investec Derby so has the pedigree to thrive in this race.
Enable’s only runner outside of the O’Brien stable comes from her own stable in Fanny Logan. The progressive four-year-old was last seen winning at Ascot when securing a competitive Hardwicke Stakes at the Royal meeting.
Anthony Van Dyke, Enable, Fanny Logan, Japan, Magical, Magic Wand, Sir Dragonet, Sovereign