Enable won the 2019 Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park, taking her winning streak to ten races, putting her firmly in line for a record third Arc De Triomphe, and furthering her claim to be the best racehorse in the world right now.
Old adversary Magical lost nothing in defeat to Enable, finishing second, with Regal Reality running on into third.
After a clean break, Enable, under the evergreen Frankie Dettori, settled into second place behind Hunting Horn, who took them a fair clip in a distance thought to be a couple of furlongs short of Enable’s ideal trip. Despite her long lay off, Enable soon found a lovely rhythm, with Magical shadowing her every move. As the race unfurled, Enable took the lead – maybe a bit sooner than Dettori would have liked – but powered on strongly and soon had the field spaced out. Magical looked to press the leader, but despite closing slightly never got to within a length of Enable, who took the sting out of her nearest challengers and was a winner cosily enough, despite coasting home to allow the winning distance closer (3/4 lengths) make the race appear closer than it actually was.
After the race, Dettori couldn’t hide his delight and obvious feeling for the wonder horse : “What a great feeling!
I was the last one off the bridle. ‘She has so many gears and an unbelievable will to win. She is the best I have ridden, her c.v. is the best.”
Trainer John Gosden was as delighted with his superstar, but warned he felt there was more to come : “She was only about 85% or 90%. To come from an eight-month lay-off and win an Eclipse is quite an ask. She is an exceptional athlete.”
Enable will now look to make history in winning her third successive Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe in October – and on this form – especially if as her genius trainer suggests that she is only 85-90% of her best – its hard to imagine her not being successful. But before that she will no doubt take part in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot and quote possibly also the Juddmonte International at York next month.
2019 CORAL ECLIPSE STAKES – FULL RESULT
- ENABLE 4/6f
- MAGICAL 11/4
- REGAL REALITY 17/2
- DANCETERIA 50/1
- MUSTASHRY 12/1
- HUNTING HORN 33/1
- TELECASTER 10/1
- ZABEEL PRINCE 20/1