Historic Arc dream remains alive for Nathaniel’s daughter Enable


Nathaniel’s superstar daughter Enable kept the dream alive of an historic Arc bid with success in the Gr.3 Unibet September Stakes at Kempton today.

In what was almost certainly her last run in Britain, the six-year-old mare made the running and strode way from her rivals in the straight to cruise to a seven length victory in this race for a second time.

Enable will now head to Longchamp next month as she bids to secure a record third success in the Gr.1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe for owner/breeder Kahalid Abdullah and trainer John Gosden.

Regular jockey Frankie Dettori said: “All roads lead to Longchamp. We came here to do the job, she felt good and the dream is still alive.”

Trainer John Gosden said: “That was mission accomplished.  It was very good for her mentally to have the race. She has had a nice blow, which we could have done at home, but you can’t rehearse going to the racecourse. She has hopefully had a nice day out and it was a great to see her. It’s a shame there wasn’t a crowd here to see her but c’est la vie.”

An 11-time Gr.1 winner, Enable has earned nearly £11m in prize money, a record for a European filly or mare, and includes victories in three King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, two Arcs, four Oaks, the Coral-Eclipse and the Breeders’ Cup.

Enable is out of the Juddmonte Farms’ Stakes winning mare Concentric, also the dam of Gr.2 Prix de Pomone and Gr.3 Prix Allez France-placed Contribution and Gr.3 Tattersalls Musidora Stakes second Entitle.  Out of the Gr.3 Prix de Royaumont winer Apogee, Concentric is a full-sister to the Gr.2 Prix de Royallieudam winner Dance Routine.  She in turn produced the multiple top-level scorer and champion Flintshire.

In addition to Enable, Nathaniel has sired a further two Gr.1 winners in Channel and God Given, and a total of 39 Stakes winners or performers.