Horse of the year: Enable
Enable is arguably the best horse in the world right now having won her fifth consecutive Group One in spectacular fashion in the Arc yesterday.
It was a record fifth victory in the Arc for Frankie Dettori who positioned Enable perfectly and allowed her to dominate the race in the closing stages. And British trainer John Gosden claimed his second Arc in three years having won with Golden Horn in 2015.
Enable has been spellbindingly good since her win in the Cheshire Oaks back in May, its the manner of the victories that’s been so impressive; four of the five Group Ones were won by four lengths or more!
Victory in the Cheshire Oaks against high-quality opposition had put her on the map but her Oaks triumph showed that she was world-class.
Enable and Frankie Dettori expertly fought off the challenge of hot favourite Rhododendron ridden by Ryan Moore, and the pair ran away with it in the closing stages to win by five lengths. It was a performance of extra quality because of the tough conditions, Dettori even joked that the thunder and lightning scared him let alone the horses.
It was a scintillating display from Enable who put her rivals to the sword to become the first horse to complete the English-Irish Oaks double since Snow Fairy seven years ago.
Frankie knew that he had a potential great on his hands, “Enable is a very special filly and it was so important to ride her – she is a true professional”
Enable took her career to another level after victory in the King George thrashing the best of the boys at Ascot.
Dettori was so determined to ride Enable in the King George he lost seven pounds in seven days to make the weight, and it was definitely worth it as she beat previous Group One winners Jack Hobbs, My Dream Boat and Ulysses with total ease.
York is a place where many of racing’s finest horses have come unstuck, including Golden Horn who’s unbeaten record came to an end in August 2015.
However, Enable managed to avoid the same fate and justified her huge price of 1/4, as Frankie put it “she’ll break [opponents’] lungs, they didn’t have a prayer”.
This may have been the most impressive win of them all considering the opponents, the expectation and the manner of the victory.