King George Stakes Review: Enable set to face strong challenge for victory at New ArcPublished July 31, 2017
The Qipco King George V1 and Queen Elizabeth Stakes has been won by many of the greatest fillies to have graced the sport since it’s inception in 1951. Park Top, dual scorer Dahlia, Pawneese, Time Charter, Danedream and most recently Taghrooda have proved victorious for the fairer sex, an illustrious list to which the John Gosden-trained Enable can now be added following her imperious performance at the Berkshire venue in spread-eagling the opposition under Ascot’s favourite jockey Frankie Dettori on Saturday afternoon.
Gosden knows a good filly when he sees one, being responsible for the last of that sex ( Taghrooda ) to win the midsummer showpiece, but left people in little doubt as to where his 2017 dual Oaks winner ranked in his eyes, saying: “ I think she’s the best filly I’ve trained. Royal Heroine in America, Taghrooda and her are fabulous fillies. The style of her winning makes her great – it’s quite obvious she wants to race. She just wants things to go her way and takes the race by the horns.
This year’s royal meeting lacked the presence of Dettori due to injury but the popular Italian made sure he would not miss out on this occasion, living on little more than water and fish for the past week to make the weight of 8st 7lb, a moot point for those who believe that the receipt of a stone from the older colts favours the classic generation
Whatever one’s views on the current weight-for-age scale no one can doubt the superiority of the daughter of 2011 King George winner Nathaniel who simply outclassed the opposition, despite market rivals Highland Reel and Jack Hobbs running well below their best.
A straightforward task in the Yorkshire Oaks beckons next for the Khalid Abdullah-owned filly who, all being well, will attempt to emulate the stable’s Golden Horn ( 2015 ) by taking the Qatar Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe in October, in the process become the seventh winner of her sex to win Europe’s richest race this century. A best price 9-4 with Betfair Sportsbook, Enable is almost certain to face a strong home challenge headed by last year’s Champion Stakes winner Almanzor and leading French three-year-old middle distance colt Brametot